Miranda Lambert
The Weight of These Wings


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
December 23rd, 2016 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Happiness ain't prison, but there's freedom in a broken heart

The Weight of These Wings is a beautiful and personal record. While I’m not certain that the double album is entirely necessary – as with most releases of this type, I can narrow it down to 13-14 tracks that surpass it – I still admire a lot of things about what Miranda Lambert does here. As one of the most popular country artists in the world, she makes almost no bid whatsoever to turn this into a commercial or radio success. The instrumentation and production are stripped down, doing a one hundred eighty degree turn on her recent career trajectory. I respect that after a high-profile divorce with fellow country star Blake Shelton, she looks inward instead of lashing out or trying to set the record straight. During one of the most contentious moments of her life, she takes a chance to tell her side of the story and instead writes a moving string of personal reflections. Here, Lambert escapes the quaint, narrow-minded borders by which country musicians have more or less always been defined (whiskey, trucks, and divorce) in order to craft something with more emotional significance than mainstream appeal. In a way it reminds me of Jewel’s debut album, because a lot of these songs sound like they were written out of Lambert’s car while traveling through the heart of America with a guitar strapped to her shoulder. That probably isn’t the most apt comparison, but the fact that it crossed my mind speaks volumes about what this album is. The Weight of These Wings is an immensely personal, adamantly focused collection of tracks that were written less for us and more for Lambert’s own closure. It’s more raw and organic than what we typically hear from young country musicians nowadays, placing production squarely on the backburner in order to focus on the things that matter most: Miranda’s gorgeous vocals and heartfelt, storytelling lyrics which shed light upon her recent struggles and regrets, as well as her upbringing and where she’s from. It’s really just as much folk as it is country, which is a blend that suits Lambert quite well. Even if a handful of the twenty four songs present here don’t live up to her massive reputation as a country superstar, it’s forgivable when you look at the big picture of what Wings is: one of the best country albums of 2016.

Sometimes these wings
Get a little heavy
And I can't stay between the lines but I'm rocking steady
When I can't fly, I start to fall
But I've got wheels
I'm rolling on



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SowingSeason
Moderator
December 23rd 2016


22619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice soundoff.

theBoneyKing
December 23rd 2016


6456 Comments


Nice review, I considered listening to this but passed. Lambert is definitely one of the best current mainstream country acts though.

"undoubtedly the best country album of 2016."

I doubt this :-P In fact it's probably not even the best country double album of 2016 (Lucinda Williams' The Ghosts of Highway 20 takes that).

Digging: Lambchop - Is a woman

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 23rd 2016


22619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listen to mostly pop country so yeah I should probably not have made a sweeping statement like that

Oh well too late



Oh and Sturgill Simpson shit

Better edit that last statement

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2016


30186 Comments


haha love you man

Asdfp277
December 23rd 2016


13006 Comments


love the name, it reminds me of miranda cosgrove and adam lambert

theBoneyKing
December 23rd 2016


6456 Comments


Anyways, you think I'd dig this Sowing? I can dig pop country on occasion (esp when it's female-fronted) but I generally prefer more stripped down, Americana stylings when it comes to modern country.

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2016


19969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

''one of the best country albums of 2016.''



smfhgdysoab



sowing season worst reviewer final quarter 2016

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 23rd 2016


22619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But this is one of the best?

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2016


19969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

out of how many

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 23rd 2016


22619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

out of however many I've heard I dunno

theBoneyKing
December 23rd 2016


6456 Comments


Which is what? This, Drive-By Truckers...

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 23rd 2016


22619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not the one on trial here! (but since I am, about 10 or so ~ my wife listens to country in the house and some of it goes in my ears)

Storm In A Teacup
December 23rd 2016


19969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mods get married?

SowingSeason
Moderator
December 23rd 2016


22619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes but Jom has proclaimed Prima Nocta

Realm
December 24th 2016


2142 Comments


This is my favorite anberlin album

Gyromania
December 24th 2016


21497 Comments


Idk

Pho3nix
January 1st 2017


201 Comments


Nice seeing a country review on the main page, +1

SteveOffProbation
January 1st 2017


523 Comments


miranda fucking lambert

what is this site

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


sputnikmusic.com son
do they teach you NOTHING at that school of yours?

Spec
January 3rd 2017


33125 Comments


dude the bus stop by my house advertises this i should listen



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