Street Sounds: Singer ‘four’goes the niceties

Music columnist Dean Gordon-Smith reviews country star Miranda Lambert's latest, Four the Record.

Miranda Lambert continues to take Nashville

Hard working country singer Miranda Lambert plays down her implacable image early on in All Kinds of Kind on album number four.

That song favours a bluegrass/traditional sound and leads into the broken, distorted Fine Tune – a nicely sleazy, sloppy mess of a song that opens Lambert’s style up to new attitudes.

And then it’s on to the tough, bad-ass country girl sound and image that Lambert cultivates so well with Fastest Girl in Town – a moonshine-driven mix of raw country-rock that’s more rock wrapped up in an outlaw package.

Besides Lambert’s righteously gritty attitude, which finds expression in her shifting songs, the most pleasing piece on Four the Record is Lambert’s way with a tune.  She sounds like she doesn’t try too hard; she sings what she needs to in order to get the point across.

This isn’t because Lambert is not a fine vocalist; she is (Dear Diamond), but she also lets a song direct her to the right delivery. This is how she keeps a big number album like this one rolling along as effortlessly as it does: the trashy/comic Mama’s Broken Heart rubs naturally with the familiar twang in Same Old You.

The beat-heavy rock shouters are some of her most forceful tracks (Baggage Claim), and although these are big important songs, they don’t overshadow quieter, cooler numbers (Look at Miss Ohio).

This album hits all the places that one needs to go to and hear in a modern country album.  Earthy performances, humour and tuned-in expressive songwriting elevate this recording out of the everyday. Cool and musical.

–– Dean Gordon-Smith is the longtime CD reviewer for The Morning Star. His column, Street Sounds, appears every Friday.

Just Posted

Business savy volunteers sought in North Okanagan

Community Futures looking for members to join advisory panel, board and loans committee

New Vernon resident building skills and community

The Respect Works Here November Multicultural Community Champion

Handwritten notes from ‘Sean’ not a scam or illegal

Notes appearing in mailboxes across Vernon and Shuswap a marketing ploy

Vernon-based Tolko shuts BC divisions for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23-27; two weeks’ downtime runs Dec. 21-Jan. 6

SilverStar to open Nordic trails this weekend

25 km of groomed trails are ready to explore by cross-country skiers

VIDEO: Kelowna brew pub opens new tasting room

Dan Taylor takes a tour of BNA’s renovated tasting room

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

B.C. government working with RCMP to address $10 million in budget cuts

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth issues statement following report of RCMP cost-cutting

‘City that protects rapists’: Sexual assault survivor slams Kelowna mayor for defending RCMP

Heather Friesen spent the morning handing out flyers around city hall calling out the mayor

Malakwa woman still in the running for winning American baking show

Janet Letendre is the only Canadian competing on the Holiday Baking Championship

BC Liquor Stores to move fully to paper bags by March

Vancouver Island to be the first to convert to paper bags in November

Salmon Arm businesses tipped off to Black Press advantage

Black Press Media hosts day of presentations for local business representatives

Port Moody mayor says stayed sex assault charge related to ‘awkward date’

Rob Vagramov said charge was related to a string of dates in 2015

UBC conference draws fire over speaker from Chinese tech company blacklisted in U.S.

The company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. over links to the repression of China’s Muslim minority

Most Read