If you were hoping for scathing breakup and revenge songs on Miranda Lambert’s new album, it’s not what you’re going to get — it’s better. Instead, the singer strips things down for her most raw and honest work yet following her split from Blake Shelton, and it’s pure gold.
There’s one theme that’s common throughout most of the songs on Miranda Lambert’s new album The Weight Of These Wings: She’s a gypsy soul. On multiple songs on the 24-track record, she sings about her desire to run away and start over somewhere new.
Rather than delving into the specifics of her divorce from Blake Shelton, 40, Miranda focuses on herself, revealing she simply couldn’t stay put in her marriage or life any longer. “Runnin’ Just In Case,” “Highway Vagabond,” “Getaway Driver,” “Vice,” “Covered Wagon,” “Six Degrees Of Separation,” “Keeper Of The Flame” and “I’ve Got Wheels” are all completely focused on this theme, while other tracks also touch upon her desire for change. The rawness in her lyrics on this album is so real, and truly lets her fans in on what she’s been feeling throughout what was likely an incredibly difficult year and a half.
On The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda also sings about how hard it is for her to use her heart and open up, as well as feeling like she doesn’t even have the capability to love at all. This heartbreaking feeling is evident in “Ugly Lights,” “Tin Man,” “Use My Heart” and more.
There are also inklings of finding love again, as Miranda herself did with Anderson East, 28, when it was least expected. She even sings the song “Pushin’ Time” with her new love, and it beautifully tells the story of the beginning of their romance.
While I was expecting Miranda to come out with a record full of “Kerosene”s and “Gunpowder and Lead”s, she totally took things in a different direction that were indicative of where she’s at in her life right now, and I think that’s remarkably admirable. We still get a sense of that rough-around-the-edges girl we love on songs like “Pink Sunglasses” “Tomboy” and “Bad Boy,” but for the most part, this album is Miranda taking us along for the ride as she finds herself — and she does that just perfectly.
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