This was not a single from Miranda Lambert's debut album, but it should have been, given how the single "Kerosene" did better than any other song on the charts. This song is not like "Kerosene" much at all, but it does have that bad ass feel that ended up making Lambert's music so popular. The gist of this toe tapping and bluesy jam is: "If you're the death of me darling, I wanna die." Much of Lambert's first album is forgettable, but some tracks like this one are ones to definitely pay attention to.
Lambert speaks of cheating in this one, but in a more mature way than she ever approached the topic in her angry second album. Lambert, instead of threatening to kill the cheating man, tells him, 'I know you're not telling me to protect me, but the truth will come out.' But the tables turn at the bridge when Lambert sings a little slyly, "Here's a bombshell just for you/turns out I've been lying too." This is one of the most carefully crafted songs Lambert has ever released, and is one of those songs that every time you listen to it, you understand one more aspect of the song.
Although Kerosene was Lambert's first Top 20, this is the first song that really put her on the county music map. It was her first Top 10, peaking at No. 7, and the public's first real introduction to her angry, crazy ex-girlfriend, murderous side of her artistry, because of how poorly the song titled "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" did on the charts. This album in general was a very angry record, but this was one of the best angry songs on the collection. "
On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, there are very few breathing moments, where Lambert takes a breaks from her angry rants to let in a softer, more sentimental sound The most obvious one would be her Top 20 single, "More Like Her," but this song to me, is superior. It's another often overlooked track, but Lambert's vocals are clear and beautiful, and shine on this song, and the writing is honest and beautiful. It's the most reflective moment on the break up record.
Grand metaphors are always difficult to approach in a song, without sounding cheesy or forcing it. But this song actually works, and quite well. Lambert compares a person who's completely uncomfortable with them-self and has no self confidence at all to a virginia Bluebell, and how they just need to "look up and show the world all the beauty that they're made of." It's a song that not many people know about because it was hidden on the back of an incredible record, behind rocky songs that overshadow this song's beauty.
One of the saddest things about Lambert and Blake Shelton's divorce is going back to her third album Revolution, which she wrote when they were about to be married, and listening to all these positive songs about the sort of life that Lambert imagined having with Shelton. This song and "Love Song" as the two songs on Revolution that seem to be most about Shelton and her, but this one is especially special. Lambert has an edge but also a softness to her persona that shines through in this track, and makes it stand out.
This was Lambert's first No.1, but one of the only singles she ever released that she did not take a part in writing. Even though she didn't write it, it sounds like she did. Lambert sings this song as if she lived and breathed the story in the song, and the production is perfect and doesn't overshadow Lambert's flawless vocals or the lyrics. This is one that stays with you, because it is so relevant to everyone, because everyone has grown up or is growing up. Lambert appeals to such a large audience with this song, and not just country audiences.
Undeniably the best song on Lambert's most recent album, the Grammy-winning Platinum, this song is a bit of a change of pace for Lambert sound-wise, but still maintains the stellar songwriting and love stories Lambert excels at writing. Another song probably written about Shelton, Lambert sings a bluesy influenced songs that tells the story of her and Shelton's seemingly perfect relationship, where there "ain't not moment like when I'm holding onto you." This song was co-written by Ashley Monroe, also explaining its excellence.
This was one of the most underrated singles of Lambert's career.. But, Lambert kills the vocals but also makes the lyrics the star of the show; which they should be, because this is one of the best songs Lambert ever wrote. She compares dead flowers to a failed and empty of feeling relationship, most eloquently with the explosive and heart wrenching chorus of: "He ain't feeling anything / my love, my hurt or the sting of this rain / I'm livin' in a hurricane / but all he can say is 'man ain't it such a nice day.'"
This continues to be one of the best country songs written and performed of the new decade. Lambert has never really been praised as a particularly powerful singer (this is most emphasized in her duet with Carrie Underwood, where she is completely outshined by Underwood), but emotional is the best way to describe her voice. This song is absolutely breathtaking not just because of the lyrics, but because of the heartbreak that you hear in Lambert's voice, even though the story is Shelton's, not hers. This song is incredible.