This album is so strong because it goes in so many directions but still manages to work together so well. Lambert does duets with Carrie Underwood, the Time Jumpers and Little Big Town, and has some songs which she cowrote (she cowrote half of the albums 16 tracks) where she really bares her soul to her listeners. "Bathroom Sink" is one of those tracks. Lambert wrote this song alone and the production throws back to songs from her earlier records. The songwriting on this track is also a throwback, talking about all of the rejection Lambert has faced throughout the year, and how she sees it in her face every time she looks in the mirror. This song is similar to "Dear Diamond" on Four the Record in which it does feel like one of her diary entries.
Overall, this record has a lot of throwback songs. "Priscilla" is a rockabilly track with a catchy beat that throws back to Elvis and Priscilla. "Automatic" remembers the times where everything wasn't done instantly. "Old Sh!t" and "All That's Left" are very traditional country production wise with the use of fiddles and harmonicas. On this record, Lambert pays due to traditional country music, but still manages to incorporate modern country music for a more radio friendly sound.
Platinum is an outstanding country record. It touches all bases a country record should hit: sass, quirkiness, throwbacks, and sentimentality. The record is a long one, and a couple of the songs could have been better off left in a bootleg record of Lambert's unreleased songs, but does have many songs that did truly deserve to be on the record. Lambert remains true to herself, but reaches new heights she never reached before with her old music.
Best Tracks: Bathroom Sink, Smokin and Drinkin, Gravity is a B*tch, Holding on to You, Priscilla
Throwaway Tracks: Hard Staying Sober
Overall Rating: 4 and a half crowns