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Album Spotlight: Miranda Lambert, ‘Platinum’

Miranda Lambert Platinum
RCA Nashville

Miranda Lambert’s fifth studio album ‘Platinum’ presents an emotionally centered 30-year-old’s perspective on the world. Few songs cut deep lyrically, but the singer hardly plays it safe.

Find risk-taking in songs like ‘Little Red Wagon,’ ‘Two Rings Shy’ and her sexy love song ‘Holding on to You.’ It’s all in the production and her vocal stylings. The first is a great punk rocker while the latter sizzles like something off her husband’s most recent album. Both are enjoyable new sides to this singer.

On ‘Platinum,’ Lambert turns inward for many of the signature tracks. ‘Priscilla,’ ‘Bathroom Sink’ and ‘Old Sh*t’ will strike a chord with a select group, but none of the three wraps an arm around a wide swatch of country music fans.

‘Babies Makin’ Babies,’ ‘Smokin’ and Drinkin’ with Little Big Town and ‘Another Sunday in the South’ are three that are more accessible. Ashley Monroe helped Lambert write ‘Sunday,’ as well as ‘Holding on to You,’ the best song on ‘Platinum.’

I got drunk with the Highwaymen / Felt the burn of the desert wind … Ain’t no moment like when I’m holding on to you,” she sings. Her voice is fragile, as if she’s not quite as confident performing this song as she is ‘Somethin’ Bad’ or the fiery ‘Two Rings Shy.’ The cracks are endearing and sexy. Her vulnerability is always something to cherish.

With 16 songs, ‘Platinum’ is a beast of a project to appreciate in a day, week or even a month. There isn’t a gut-punch moment like ‘Over You’ or ‘The House That Built Me.’ Instead fans will find a theme weaving throughout.

‘Girls’ begins the project, setting a tone for several strong female-centric songs to follow. In a way they do, and this album could be labeled a female empowerment record. But more than anything it’s just the evolution of a one of country’s all-time great female vocalists, a woman not afraid to take chances but no longer compelled to take them when unnecessary.

Key Tracks: ‘Priscilla,’ ‘Holding on to You,’ ‘Little Red Wagon’

‘Priscilla’: This song refers to Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ wife. It’s a fascinating comparison between Blake Shelton and the King. One almost thinks Lambert is the Elvis of the relationship, but that’s not how she sees it.

Did You Know?: ‘Little Red Wagon’ is the one true cover on ‘Platinum.’ Rocker Audra Mae cut the song originally, and Lambert’s version stays true to the original … heard HERE.

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Platinum’

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