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article imageReview: Miranda Lambert shines on new album 'Platinum' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 27, 2014 in Music
Country singer Miranda Lambert released her newest studio album "Platinum" on June 3, via her record label, RCA Nashville.
A reigning Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) "Female Vocalist of the Year," Lambert either wrote or co-wrote eight tracks on the record. It was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf.
The CD opens with "Girls," which is a tune about how men do not know many things about girls. It is followed by the title track, which includes chatter and it is an uplifting girl power song.
"Little Red Wagon" is an electrifying rocking tune, which is classic Miranda that ought to be released as a radio single at some point. Her collaboration with award-winning country duo Little Big Town "Smokin' and Drinkin'" is a breath of fresh air due to their superb harmonies that produce a true "vocal event."
"Priscilla" has a laid-back vibe to it, and it is fun and upbeat. "Automatic" is the powerhouse, lead single of the album, where the songstress takes a stance against the modern world, and many listeners can relate to it, especially those who are fond of the "older days," before technology became so prevalent.
At first, I was wary about hearing a song called "Bathroom Sink," but it is quite clever and Lambert has done a solid job on the vocals. She sings it from an interesting standpoint that is worth checking out.
"All That's Left," where she duets with The Time Jumpers, is a neat song with a fiddle solo that deals with a failing romance, where the only thing that is left to do is leave.
While "Babies Makin' Babies" and "Two Rings Shy" are both mediocre at best, another fun collaboration on the project is "Somethin' Bad," her collaboration with fellow label-mate, country superstar Carrie Underwood. The song is spitfire and a great tune about vengeance. (Think Lambert's "Kerosene" meets "Gunpowder and Lead").
"Holding On To You" is a slow-moving, traditional country-sounding ballad. "Hard Staying Sober" is an impressive country tune about overcoming a break-up and it features a neat steel guitar solo.
Her 16-song album closes with "Another Sunday in the South," where she pays homage to the acclaimed country group Shenandoah. It features former Shenandoah front-man Marty Raybon on harmonies, which is an added bonus.
The Verdict
Overall, Miranda Lambert manages to impress on her new CD, hence it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums charts. It garners 4.5 out of 5 stars. Her attitude is infectious and she sure knows how to keep the energy up. Platinum is a substantial indication that all of Lambert's award wins are indeed based on her singing and songwriting talent.
For more information on Miranda Lambert and her new record, visit her official website.
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