Miranda Lambert Slays with Weight Of These Wings

It’s been one hell of a year for Miranda Lambert. A rather public divorce from country music star Blake Shelton, a huge tour, a new beau Anderson East, and now a highly anticipated album.

Miranda Lambert’s two-disc album titled The Weight Of These Wings is set to release November 18 via RCA Records Nashville. One of this year’s best albums, Miranda Lambert delivers a very emotional, yet emotionless masterpiece dedicated to running away, drinking, self-clarity and self-worth. It’s a very in-depth album where pain collides with twang to make listeners smile, laugh, cry and really feel.

FILE - This Feb. 24, 2014 file photo shows singer Miranda Lambert in Nashville, Tenn. Lambert leads the Country Music Television nominations by pairing up with her husband Blake Shelton, her girl group Pistol Annies and good friend Keith Urban. She’s up for two individual awards for her video “Automatic,” two for collaborating with the Annies on Shelton’s song, “Boys ‘Round Here,” and two more for her duet with Urban on “We Were Us.” Voting begins now at CMT.com and continues until Sunday, June 1 for the awards show to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, June 4. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File)

Disc 1, The Nerve, is a 12 track paragon. It’s boldly written and extremely moving. “Runnin’ Just In Case,” a mid-tempo track, start’s the disc off in true Miranda Lambert fashion. A somber tune about being a runner, it truly sets the tone for what will come. Then you have the retro style track “Highway Vagabond” that glides right into the vintage classic “Ugly Lights” which expresses a love for drinking.

Now, a typical review of mine would cover every track on the album – however, this isn’t a typical review – nor would anything I say come close to what this album truly entails. The Nerve is a solid disc with a pure country sound. A Patsy Cline feel with a little rebellious tone, and voila – you have Disc 1. Oh, and the track “Getaway Driver,” which was co-written by Anderson East, is one of the best tracks on this album. It’s pure and simple, yet beautiful and deep. Disc 1 ends with a song titled “Use My Heart” which is an emotionally sad story about being empty, cold and almost numb. Ironically, it falls right into Disc 2 like magic.

Disc 2, The Heart, is candid, heavy and concrete. Although I pride myself on being a tough cookie, I had to pause and just sob. This album is consumed by music you feel. You feel for Miranda Lambert, who obviously has been through so much hurt and you sob for your own memories and short comings. It touches you, it moves you – hell it does everything music is supposed to do. From the extremely emotional and painful “Tin Man” to the soulful and inspiring “Well Rested” it’s truly a work of art. The artistry just pours from the music, every word, and every note – makes you feel something.

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The Weight Of These Wings is a beautifully written album full of peaks and valley’s, laughter and tears. Although easily labeled one of the best album’s of 2016, it’s probably one of the best albums that country music has heard in the last five years. An original album with a powerful context, The Weight Of These Wings defines everything country music embodies and then some.

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Author: Brittany Vance

West Virginia born & bred living life in the DMV. I believe in kind hearts & strong drinks. Mom of two boys and Autism advocate. Music is not only powerful but magical. In the words of Merle Haggard: Good music will live forever. I am here to share that music with each of you.

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