This beautiful ballad explores the end of a relationship that existed entirely in a spotlight. She compares their marriage to a framed painting, a rodeo and a country song — all objects of public scrutiny. She recognizes that, in the general conversation, her love affair was a fleeting diversion: “We’re just another thing they’ll all forget about / They’ll be standing around laughin’ like nothing ever happened.”
Not to shortchange Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, who are both very talented, but this album is further proof that everything Miranda Lambert touches turns to gold.
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.
#17 – Pistol Annies – Hell On Heels
Miranda Lambert is one of the artists making multiple appearances on this list, and she shows up first as part of Pistol Annies, the country girl group she formed with friends and fellow songwriters Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe.
The best supergroups feel not like stunts but an organic coming together of similar musical sensibilities. The Traveling Wilburys are an old-school example, and Pistol Annies work just as well as that grizzled bunch.
I think Miranda Lambert has been around long enough now for me to consider her one of the most consistently great singer-songwriters I know.
Through four solo albums and two records with Pistol Annies, the woman has yet to release a bad song. And she’s delivered a boatload of truly great ones.