With this brand new 16-track album entitled ‘Platinum’, Miranda Lambert’s 5th album seems both contemplative and playful rather than singing the revenge anthems like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Kerosene” that she’s been known for. This is a Miranda who is having fun with a little self-effacing humor about aging (“Gravity’s a Bitch”), talks about life from the female perspective (“Girls”), the demands of beauty (“Bathroom Sink”), some really traditional and throwback country that I could imagine being played in the honky tonks on Broadway in the 60s (“All That’s Left” featuring the Time Jumpers), rip-roaring, rocking songs (“Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood), and tender ballads (“Holding On To You”). Overall, Miranda seems to be in a very contemplative place in her life for this album and wanting to share a less serious side of herself taking chances throughout the entire album.
My favorites off the album are the current single “Automatic”, the mid-tempo, flowing tune of “Smokin’ And Drinkin'” with Little Big Town where she’s reminiscing about days gone by and “the one who got away” , and “Another Sunday In The South” where she talks of enjoying a very low-key day off with the one she loves away from the demands of her “crazy life”.
Much has been said about “bro-country” and it’s much of what you will find on radio these days, but you won’t find ANY of that here. You’ll find a refreshing mixture of songs where Lambert is both contemplative, tender, and playful singing about life from the female perspective. Miranda has a lot to say with this album, and it’s pure entertainment through and through. She still stands firmly as a symbol of an empowered woman who is very comfortable in her own skin. It’s worth every cent, and a must-buy for any true country fan! Due in stores and online on Tuesday, June 3rd.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.