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Destined for Platinum (Overall review and track-by-track)
on 6 June 2014
Miranda slays again with her 5th studio album, "Platinum", after a looong three year wait since her 4th album, "Four the Record". "Platinum" is Miranda's most sonically ambitious album yet, exploring different musical realms while still maintaining her strong country roots. The album embodies many emotions and by extension holds a song for everyone. "Platinum" is commercial, yes, but something about it beckons that it is far from ordinary. What makes "Platinum" particularly special is Miranda's ability to combine dark wit with some truly evocative lyrics. There's clever humour ("Gravity is a Bitch"), attitude ("Little Red Wagon") and nostalgia ("Automatic"). "Platinum" embodies everything you would expect a country album too, and much, much more. :)
My favourite songs and the stand out songs of the album:
"Platinum". The title track is possibly the most pop sounding song ever released by Lambert, even though it is still undeniably country. It's light-hearted, feminine and fun, also combining Miranda's trademark humour with kick of sass. Although "Platinum" is not just about selling loads of records (which she has).In a recent interview Miranda stated "I don't want to sound pretentious. It's about platinum records, but also the color of an Airstream, and the color of my hair".
Favourite lyric: "What doesn't kill you, only makes you blonder"
"Little Red Wagon" is the classic Miranda stomper on the album, and one of her most musically ambitious songs to date. Fuelled by attitude, wit and a raging guitar, "Little Red Wagon" is indisputably Miranda, even if it is a cover. The song almost produces a classic rock feel, while still resting in contemporary country.
Favourite lyric:"And you're just trying to slow this rolling stone/But I'm on to you, babe"
One of my personal favourites on "Platinum" is track five, "Priscilla". While it was not directly written by Miranda, it was written by her close friends, Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby. They have witnessed her and her husband, Blake Shelton's constant scrutiny by the media. "Priscilla" is clearly written from Miranda's view point, about how she and her country superstar husband deal with all the attention. The song draws connections from the couple's lives to that of Elvis and Priscilla Presley's. However, "Priscilla" is less of a comparison and more of a show of empathy on Priscilla Presley's part. It's upbeat, yes, but also real and open.
Favourite lyric: "How do you or don't you get the love you want when everybody wants your man?"
"Bathroom Sink" is the only song entirely self penned by Miranda on "Platinum". It's a soaring song about self worth while being sure to leave out the cheese factor. Starting off moody and slow, "Bathroom Sink" talks about the very un-glamours process of getting made-up, then eventually erupting into a explosion of frustration, which works very well with the lyrics. The music and not-an-exact-rhyme lyrics come together perfectly to create this dark, painfully honest song.
Favourite lyric: "I'm looking forward to the girl I wanna be/But regret has got a way of staring me right in the face/So I try not to waste/Too much time at the bathroom sink"
Track 10 is the humorously titled "Gravity Is a Bitch" about the misery of getting old. It's another simple song however "Gravity Is a Bitch" moves slightly away from the country side and venturing in to a almost jazz/blues club area. It's a very interesting take for Miranda, who has scarcely looked into this territory. The song is darkly humours which seems to be the only thing in it that is classically Miranda, which is not necessarily a bad thing here, though.
Favourite lyric:"You can nip and tuck and squeeze it/But you're never gonna beat it/'Cause gravity is a bitch"
"Holding on to You" is a beautiful, swirling, love song. This song is some of Miranda's finest work lyrically, musically and vocally. It's understated, sweet and sultry. "Holding on to You" exudes a old timey feel, not in the way "Old S***" and "All That's Left Does" but in a way that is reminiscent of rock 'n' roll.
Favourite lyric:"I've seen a newborn child put stars in her mama's eyes and I prayed to the man in the moon/I got drunk with The Highwaymen, felt the burn of the desert wind/Seen some promising 'I do's'/Ain't no moment like when I'm holding on to you"
Another musically ambitious track, "Two Rings Shy" leads with a circus themed ambience. In a recent interview, Miranda claimed to have recorded sounds from a real circus and then added them to the track. It's a fun, interesting song but one that also holds a rich message.
Favourite lyric:"The main attraction's leaving, let the side show pay the rent/Take this diamond back and you'll be two rings shy of the big top tent"
"Hard Staying Sober" is a simple- yet still dynamic- track. It is reminiscent of Miranda's previous albums, particularly "Kerosene", all the while reaming current and fits nicely on "Platinum". The song starts off with Miranda's sweet vocals sitting on top of a twangy guitar. The lyrics are simple but pack a real punch especially when combined with the music and Miranda's voice. Midway through the break up song, you think it has come to an end, however, after a few seconds of silence Miranda breaks in with heart-wrenching passion and lyrics. I defiantly think this is the underdog of the album, but one of the highlights, also.
Favourite lyric: "It's hard to quit this smoking, when my will to fight is broken/It's hard to quit a habit in the rush/Hits me in the morning, just like you I'm looking for them/Can't seem to put down this pick-me-up"
Overall "Platinum" is a wonderful album and I would recommend to anyone, particularly lovers of country music and rock 'n' roll. :) Super awesome.