Miranda Lambert's 'Four the Record': What the Critics are Saying
On the heels of her girl-group debut with the Pistol Annies’ Hell on Heels, Miranda Lambert releases her fourth studio album -- the appropriately titled Four the Record.
The country songstress leaves just a touch of her hard edge behind on her latest offering, her first since tying the knot with fellow country crooner and The Voice coach Blake Shelton, but maintains the sharp tongue that made her a household name. In a varied collection of 14 tracks, Lambert takes writing credit for six – including one ballad, “Over You,” co-written by her new hubbie. The couple also duets on “Better In The Long Run,” co-written by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.
Before you buy the Sony Music release, read what a few of the critics are saying about Lambert’s Four the Record.
“Miranda Lambert is well on her way to being one of the iconic artists of our time. Four the Record may not be the signature album that Revolution was, but it a fine addition to her body of work. It marks a new level of her fearlessness, the first time when she has been unlikeable with no apologies or mitigating features. The album also finds her taking the sort of artistic risks that she has not taken before, with less straightforward styles of country and elements of metal creeping into her work.” – Stormy Lewis, RoughStock
“Country firebrand Miranda Lambert took a quantum leap forward, artistically and commercially, with her third album, Revolution, which ushered her from promising newcomer to the front lines of contemporary country music. This successor represents a further evolution of her talent as both creator and interpreter.” – Randy Lewis, LA Times
“Despite its adventurous spirit, Four the Record remains only the second-best album Lambert minted this year. Her new group, the Pistol Annies, stunned the industry last summer by topping the country album chart with very little promotion and some very compelling tunes. Flanked by her songwriting buddies Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, Lambert sang about pill-popping housewives and beer-swilling party girls with equal gusto.” – Chris Richards, Washington Post
“Far more than peers like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, she's invested in the full range of human feeling: ecstasy, grief, confusion, even those weird hybrid emotions for which only the Germans have names. Four is her most vivid effort yet, with brilliantly observed songs about lust (''Fine Tune'') and disappointment (''Same Old You''), as well as a stirring celebration of diversity (''All Kinds of Kinds'').” – Mikael Wood, Entertainment Weekly
“Smartly, Lambert doesn’t try to replicate her modern classic, the tearjerker ‘The House That Built Me,’ from 2009’s Revolution. If nothing on Four reaches the heights of 'House,' the project scores as a consistently more even affair than her past three sets, full of heartache, betrayal, and, above all, attitude. Vocally, the 27-year old Lambert’s twang can sound boastful, regretful and torn all in the same song... At 14 tunes, Four could use a little trimming and could definitely benefit from some more uptempo songs, like the chugging, rollicking ‘Fastest Girl In Town’ (a anthem sure to show up in a plethora of bad-girl movies coming to a theater near you) and the ‘Nobody’s Fool.’” – Melinda Newman, HitFix