I'm choosing to be honest with you, country music fans. I refuse to lie and say nice things about a record if I don't think it deserves the praise. Fortunately, I don't have a single negative thing to say about Miranda Lambert's fourth studio album, "Four the Record." I scared ya, didn't I? Well, have no fear because the future of country music is here. She's been here for a while now, but people didn't truly begin to appreciate her until recently.
How would I best describe Lambert? Let's just say this -- if the invitation says white attire only, she'll show up in hot pink. She doesn't care what anyone thinks, and that's always been what I've loved most about her. Having been a fan of hers since the very beginning, it's truly an honor to be here telling you about the brilliance that is "Four the Record."
The album kicks off with a song unlike any other I've heard. It's called "All Kinds of Kinds" and it's about all the different types of people in this world and how each one of them makes this world a unique place. She talks about a congressman who dresses in drag on the weekends, a pharmacist who drugs her kids, and a bunch of circus freaks. See what I mean? She doesn't care what "the norm" is and she isn't afraid to sing about any subject matter.
"Fastest Girl in Town" is classic Miranda. She talks about guns, fast cars, cigarettes, and not giving a damn. I absolutely cannot wait to hear this performed in concert. I guarantee you this will be a fan favorite in her live show. She quickly changes pace with the next track, "Safe," in which she sings about a man who never leaves her side. It's a sweet song but has a big chorus that will still keep you rockin' a bit.
"Dear Diamond" really showcases her vocal range. Because of her choice in singles, which are usually more upbeat, people tend to forget how immensely gifted she is when it comes to the quality of her voice. That Texas drawl is more evident than ever and it adds that kind of emotion that makes the listener really feel every word that she's singing.
I know a lot of people have pigeon-holed Miranda as the female Jason Aldean because of the rock influence in her songs, but anyone who has ever doubted her country influence has obviously never listened to any of her previous three records in their entirety. Now's a good time to start paying attention, boys and girls. "Same Old You" and "Easy Living" are country to the core.
Lambert gets some help from the ol' ball and chain (AKA her husband Blake Shelton) on "Better in the Long Run." Their voices blend so well together and the harmonies are beautiful. Then, of course, there's the album's leadoff single, "Baggage Claim," which continues to climb up the country singles chart every week. I think we're going to have another #1 on our hands soon.
Just for the record (cheesy play on words, I know), Miranda Lambert is about to take the world by storm. I was blown away by her debut record, "Kerosene." It was followed up by "Crazy Ex Girlfriend," which continues to get heavy rotation on my iPod even four years later. And then there was "Revolution," the album that launched Lambert's career into overdrive. Somehow, I think she may have managed to top that with "Four the Record." It's in stores TODAY, so go get it!
Miranda's heading out on her own headlining tour starting in January with special guests Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann. Take my word for it -- this is a show you will NOT want to miss. To see if they're coming to a city near you, check out the tour dates on her web site.
“Four the Record” is a clever play on words. It is, after all, Miranda Lambert’s fourth album on the country/western scene, and it continues to show her progress in exploring the depth of profound lyrics and sound. Sure, maybe this lovely lady can truly do no wrong in the eyes (and ears) of this fan from the beginning; but I’m always surprised at her ability to craft a lesson (be it a moral?) subtly within each and every one of her songs. Without pomp and … more
2011 release, the fourth album from the award winning Country songbird. Apart from her extremely successful solo career, the former Nashville Star contestant spends her off time as wife of fellow Country superstar. superstar Blake Shelton. Features the single 'Baggage Claim'.