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on 11 May 2013
After falling in love with their first album, was worried that the second wouldn't live up to it.
From the uptempo Hush Hush and Unhappily Married you feel the reality of women living life filled with ordinary people and the baggage and stupid situations they bring, and the slower songs just bring the pain of living to life, and then they throw in some fun like I Feel A Sin, that just makes you smile as you sing along.
Didn't think the Annies could get better, but this proves they can. I suspect that this, just like their first will remain a favourite for years to come.
Buy it, you'll enjoy it!
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This is the second Pistol Annies album, in which Miranda Lambert is the most famous member, but Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley share in writing and singing all the songs. There are no covers or songs written by others here. The music is excellent, and is about as country as you're likely to find recorded on a major Nashville label these days.

Among the songs, some of them come across as fun songs that possibly hide serious issues. Hush hush, released as a single, is about a family with one member coming out of rehab. Unhappily married, a song that a lot of people could identify with, is about a marriage that has problems but not enough to cause a split. Both of these songs are presented in a fun, entertaining way. Another fun song, but without any issues, is Being pretty ain't pretty. It is about the time and money that women sometimes spend on looking good.

The most serious songs here are Trading off one heartbreak for another, about a couple breaking up leaving the child fatherless, and Dear sobriety, about alcoholism. However, even these songs are done very differently from the way that (for example) Tammy Wynette would have done.

Yes, this is a fun, modern country album that sometimes but not always draws on traditional themes, presenting them in a way that most contemporary listeners want to hear, but which should also appeal to older listeners who enjoy top quality music without worrying too much about categories.
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I agree with the enthusiastic reviews here - this is hugely enjoyable album of very good songs, very well performed. There's a good variety here and many of the songs are intelligently aimed at targets like the beauty industry (Being Pretty Ain't Pretty), the hypocrisy sometimes concealed by religiosity (Hush Hush), a song called Unhappily Married which speaks for itself, and so on.

The singing is exceptionally good with three fine performers giving great individual performances and really good close-harmony stuff with a strong country feel but also elements of blues, jazz and even rock in various places. The band are terrific - tight, sensitive and full of guts when needed - and the production shows off each song at its best.

I think this is album is a genuine bit of class among the best of the great amount of good (and not-so-good) Country/Americana around just now. Very warmly recommended.
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Miranda Lambert is the superstar member of this group having had much success as a solo artist but she does not take centre stage in this group. She shares with Ashley Monroe (who has a great album out 'Like a Rose') and Angeleena Presley. It really is a proper integrated group effort. Their debut was excellent, this is even better. It is fiesty and fun with songs fast and slow about love and loss and life. All with a great country backing. The singing is great as solo or when harmonising. The songs are as country as they come. Thoroughly enjoyed tis album. Not going to pick out any song in particular as I thought them all good. Country music up to date, relevant and enjoyable. One of the albums of the year? Highly recommended to those that like great country music with a bit of fiestiness.
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on 10 May 2013
Has everything, from the hearfelt pain of 'Trading One Heartbreak For Another', to the acoustic bluesy opening of 'I Feel A Sin Comin' On' and the trademark biting humour of 'Hush Hush'.
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on 12 August 2013
2nd album - thought they could not improve on the 1st - but this is equally as good - if not better. The lyrics are amazing. These girls sing about real life - alcoholism, bad marriages, bad breakups etc, but do so with a very different approach - they say it like it is, and don't dress up a heartache with a happy ending! The tunes are so good also. Cannot find a favourite song on this album - just love all of them - and not often you can say that. Would really really recommend this - and if you do purchase - bet you go back and find their 1st album, and like me, cannot wait for the next ....
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on 27 July 2013
I bought this CD after listening to the PA's first Hell On Heels. I prefer the first album, because there is something not quite as punchy about this one. I cant really put my finger on it. Is it the songs themselves, or the arrangements that are just a touch too overdone? Its good, but somehow not quite as edgy as Hell On Heels, and the songs not quite as memorable. Sorry girls.
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on 4 June 2013
I am a great fan of Miranda Lambert and I love the 1st Pistol Annies album and the new album 'Annie Up' didn't disappoint.
Great songs and lyrics, with uptempo tunes with a country vibe, some thoughtful tracks and the usual humour and insight. Would love to see these ladies perform live, as they all have fantastic voices - please tour the UK!!
Highly recommended!
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on 13 April 2014
Pistol Annies are just perfect. Wonderful voices, harmonies. Some fun tunes, some sad. Great lyrics. Wonderful vintage vibe. Even better on vinyl.
Favourites:
I Feel a Sin Coming On
Hush Hush
Unhappily Married
Blues, You're a Buzz Kill
Dear Sobriety
Damn Thing
I Hope You're the End of My Story
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on 3 September 2013
This is another excellent album from the Pistol Annies that any country fan will enjoy. I only gave it 4 stars because in my personal opinion I didn't like it quite as much as the first album. That's not to say it isn't good though! It is still very worth a listen and is a must have for any fan of Miranda Lambert's or country music.
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