I’ve been a fan of Miranda Lambert since she showed up on the short lived Nashville Star all those years ago. I thought her bad ass rock ‘n ‘roll country vibe was fresh and captivating for a female artist on the country scene and she immediately took off post reality show (she came in third, humble beginnings for those of you who didn’t know this). Since then she has released five studio albums, The Weight of These Wings being her sixth just released this past Friday.
This album delivers a whopping 24 songs which is unheard of for a studio album. Miranda has always been semi-involved in the songwriting on her albums (progressively more so as the years went on) but on The Weight of These Wings she has credits on 20 of the 24, two of the remaining being covers. She has mentioned in interviews that she sees it as a two part offering, songs 1-12 as The Nerve and songs 12-24 as The Heart.
I’ve listened through The Weight of These Wings about three times now and I can honestly say it is one of the best country albums I’ve ever listened to. I grew up and and fell in love with country music because of the strong storytelling aspect that is shown in the songwriting and Miranda cranks that into high gear. Each song isn’t necessarily about a specific experience (“Pink Sunglasses” is literally about her wearing a pair of $9.99 sunglasses) but more about the feelings and the memories the songs evoke. She weaves together memories as if they are soft ribbons being tied in beautiful little bows and I felt a sense of calm while listening through all 24 tracks.
If you’re not a fan of sonically true country music I don’t know how into this album you will be, but I encourage you to give it a try purely from a lyrical and storytelling perspective. Long time Miranda fans will be looking for those few big blown out rock ‘n’ roll country songs she has been known to deliver and not quite find them on this album. The closest thing you will find is “Vice” (the first single) or “Keeper of the Flame.” The Weight of These Wings is a new sound and era in the Miranda discography and I will have this 24 track album on repeat for a very very long time.
Songs to dance to: Ugly Lights, Covered Wagon, Keeper of the Flame, Six Degrees of Separation
Songs to cry to: Getaway Driver, Use My Heart, Tin Man, I’ve Got Wheels
Album favorites: Pink Sunglasses, Getaway Driver, Vice, Tin Man, Things That Break, Tomboy, I’ve Got Wheels