Best Albums of the 2010s – #1
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert (2016)
It should come as no surprise that the greatest album by my favorite artist would end up as my #1 album of the decade.
I spent a lot of time thinking about the makeup and order of this list, but Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings was cemented in place before I even began.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the headliner of tomorrow night’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars concert — Ms. Miranda Lambert!
I’ve been playing Lambert’s entire catalog on random the past couple of weeks in preparation for the show — seven solo albums plus three with Pistol Annies — and somewhere along the way it hit me: Miranda Lambert is my favorite musical artist. At this point in my life, nobody out there give me more consistent listening pleasure.
My two most-anticipated albums this year are the new releases by Lana Del Rey (due this Friday) and Miranda Lambert (due Nov. 1). I’ll be listening to (and likely writing about) the Del Rey album very soon, but I still have a couple of months of waiting for the new Miranda.
Titled Wildcard, the new album will be Lambert’s seventh studio release. I’ve mentioned before that Lambert is one of the few artists about whom I can say that any one of her albums is her best. She is that consistently great.
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 albums 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.