Five years ago I did a countdown of my favorite albums of the 2010s to that point, halfway through the decade. Two of my top five entries were by Miranda Lambert — 2011’s Four the Record and 2014’s Platinum.
Five years later, we’re 11 1/2 months away from the end of the decade (wow!) and I have to start thinking about updating that list and arriving at the definitive version. Both of those albus will still be in play, no question.
The Random iTunes Fairy is getting cute again, serving up a Miranda Lambert track the day after I posted the latest from Pistol Annies.
‘Babies Makin’ Babies’ is a cut from Lambert’s 2014 album Platinum, one of her most successful critically and commercially. The album ranked #12 on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and topped the Billboard 200 album chart. Esteemed critic Robert Christgau praised it as “apolitical de facto feminism at its countriest” (I love that line).
Few musical announcements excite me more than word of new material from Miranda Lambert. Lambert is one of the few artists I follow who has yet to release an album that’s less than excellent.
2016’s double album The Weight of These Wings was her best work yet, and that’s saying something given that her previous two records showed up in my top five albums of the first half of the 2010s.
Today’s random SOTD comes courtesy of Miranda Lambert and Ram Trucks. ‘Roots and Wings’ is a non-album single Lambert wrote expressly for the Dodge brand back in 2015.
This isn’t a case of Dodge using a song in a commercial, but a partnership between artist and brand that abandons traditional advertising altogether. The video for this song (embedded below) contains a few Ram Trucks but you’d never know that’s the point. It doesn’t even feature product placement where the camera lingers on the brand’s logo.
Our next assignment in the 30 Day Music Challenge is to name ‘A Song That You Love From 2011.’ Not sure why we’re going with 2011, but I guess we should embrace the randomness.
I can’t recall any 2011 songs off the top of my head (the past ten years kind of run together musically) so I turned to Google for help. The biggest song of that year was Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ a bona fide juggernaut if ever there was one. I named it as my own top song of 2011 here on the blog.
This is the Montauk madness first round matchup I’ve been dreading since I first peeked ahead at the random seedings.
It’s not that the decision between Miranda Lambert and Bob Dylan is ultimately all that difficult (Dylan gets my vote). I just hate to see Lambert exit so early. I adore this woman so much that she should be an Elite Eight or even Final Four contender, but the hand of fate will have her on the sidelines before the games have even begun.
Yesterday I wrote that Beyoncé’s Lemonade topped nearly every 2016 top ten list. But it only made it to #2 on mine because Miranda Lambert released her best album yet, continuing her pattern of topping herself with every new release.
The Weight of These Wings is a double album and the first creative output for Lambert since her divorce from fellow country superstar Blake Shelton, and it continues the tradition of great break-up albums.