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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.
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on 2 June 2014
The first lady of Texas honky-tonk country music is back with a great record of tracks that demonstrate her fantastic voice, her sense of humour and her knack of choosing excellent supporting musicians and collaborators. Platinum has hit after hit from the Salon soul of the title track to the pure sass of Little Red Wagon. If you like Country that makes you tap your foot rather than cry into your beer than Miranda is for you. Yeee Haaaaa!
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on 5 June 2014
This latest from Miranda Lambert gives great, simple, genuine, sometimes BAD! (as in naughty!) country words and music. This is my first of Miranda's albums, and I reckon its what country music SHOULD sound like.
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on 3 June 2014
I'm a fan of rock music but over the past year I've been listening to artists like Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lindi Ortega, The Tennessee Three, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves and slowly but surely getting into this genre of music,
The only artist I've been 'struggling' with was Miranda Lambert, although I liked her last CD's and her version of 'Wrote a song for everyone' on John Fogertys latest CD, I didn't think her previous stuff contained any knock-out tracks, but what a surprise when I played Platinum for the first time last night, compared with her last CD's this is a revelation, totally professional and an extremely listenable experience.
I can't list all the good tracks on this CD because everyone is excellent, The CD is quite Poppy/Rocky/Country in moments and is a lot more lively that someone like Kacey Musgraves latest CD, The album strays into a more country/vintage sound near the middle for a two or three of tracks but then reverts back to a soft rock country sound again for the final 6 or 7 tracks.
I think this CD could be the breakthrough album for Miranda in the UK and maybe with a tour she could gain some popularity over here as it is well deserved with this latest effort.
Girls, Platinum Smokin' and Drinkin and Automatic are excellent and that's only the first six tracks, from track 8 (Old ****) its country all the way until track 13 (Holding on to you) when the pace slows down with a couple of classic ballads a bit more country and some pop, the album stays strong to the end with no duff tracks, Give this CD a listen too as you won't regret buying this one its great and sure to get many more 5* reviews!
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on 18 August 2014
Okay, lets be honest. Miranda Lambert could just sing the contents of a phone book, and it would be 90% better than what most singers come up with these days, but I can't help feeling slightly disappointed with her latest album.
Nothing seemed to hook me from the first listen, which is unusual for her if I'm honest.

Saying that though, it's a solid collection of songs that are just as humorous as we've all come to expect from ML, and her songwriting seems as good as always, but IMO there's just something missing, that I can't put my finger on.
Definitely her weakest offering yet, but 5 albums in, she isn't doing too badly.

Ironically, considering the album title, this is her first album not to reach Platinum status in the US.
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on 8 February 2015
I like quite a large spectrum of country music and never really liked the pistol, annies.Miranda gets more than her fair share of publicity as connected to Blake Shelton and at first didnt think she had a natural talent.This album was my chance to see what the girl is made of.I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this work but the jury is still out to see if Miranda will ever be a country diva on her own merit..
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Miranda has the ideal voice for country music, and there's more of a country feel to this album than some of her earlier albums. I particularly like All that's left (featuring the Time Jumpers), perhaps because it's the most obviously country track here - and it's a great fun song too.

Miranda does seem to like using expletives, although she avoids the really bad one. You can see from the track listing what she uses; my review might not be posted if I repeat them :-) One expletive is used a lot on the track before All that's left, reflecting on a lot of old things that Miranda enjoys, including Black and Decker tools. I wonder if Black and Decker (who I worked for twice, each spell being a six-month temporary assignment) will feel flattered or insulted. I hope flattered; they still exist albeit as part of a larger entity called Stanley Black and Decker.

There are many other great songs here, including Smokin' and Drinkin' ([featuring. Little Big Town]), Hard staying sober, Another Sunday in the South and Gravity is a ....

This may be Miranda Lambert's best solo album yet, although I haven't heard Kerosene.
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on 8 May 2015
The more I play this album, the more I like it. Lots of songs that 'grow on you', with clever lyrics and even better backing tracks. "Babies Makin' Babies" could be an anthem for modern teenage Britain. Miranda uses her voice in a variety of ways on each track.
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VINE VOICEon 2 June 2014
Yet again Miranda comes out with something fresh and new but still real country. There is not a forgettable track on this album, I particularly love Little Red Wagon, Babies Makin' Babies, Two Rings Shy and the Shanondoah 'tribute' Sunday in The South.

One of my favourite country albums of the past 5 years.

Any fan of Miranda's Lamberts voice will love this.
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on 4 November 2014
Reviewing CD's is always difficult because music is a personal experience. However this works for me and I enjoy Miranda Lambert's take on life. I'm a died in the wool traditional Country fan but always open to explore the work of the present Country stars. Not all of them work for me but this CD does.
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