Miranda Lambert has forged her career in country music with attitude, passion, and southern grace.
She’s a one-of-a-kind force in country music. She’s gone from being the feisty contest entrant that couldn’t get a top ten record to one of the most successful artists in country music. The the transformation of Miranda Lambert from budding country artist to superstar has seen her stay true to herself as the radio DJs and country listening audience have been the ones to change and accept her for who she is.
Miranda Lambert is a special artist that resolves to bring something unique, personal, and passionate to country fans. She’s still growing as an artist and continues her ascent in the country history books with her fourth record Four The Record.
Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
The debut single from Four The Record is already in the top five on the country charts. Baggage Claim has given Miranda something she really hasn’t had up to this point – a smash single to kick off a new record. Even without having the big hits right off the bat with her records, Miranda has still managed to take all of her albums to #1 on the country charts their first week out. It’s an impressive feat and just another testament to what Miranda has always done with her music. She brings power, passion, and attitude to country music and even if radio hasn’t always liked it there are plenty of country fans that do.
On Four The Record Miranda stays in tune with who she is and what got her here. There is plenty of attitude, talk of guns and exes with a little love and heartache in between. She’s one of the best country has to offer these days and there is every reason to pick this album up and play it in the car stereo all the way home.
1. All Kinds of Kinds
Things start off a little on the slow side. It’s not the in-your-face attitude right out of the gates, but All Kinds of Kinds is a great country song. It’s a story about a family that goes through all kinds of interesting situations in life. Some are sad, some are odd, but that’s how most families are these days. There is no normal in family life. Things happen and we all have our skeletons.
2. Fine Tune
My favorite song on the entire record. It sounds mean. It sounds like a crazy rock song from the late ’60s or ’70s. There is some psychedelic sound in this record and it’s really cool. There is nothing like this on the radio right now. I don’t know if Fine Tune will be on country radio, but Miranda is always pushing the line of what the DJs are willing to play.
3. Fastest Girl In Town
Here’s another interesting track. Miranda becomes the fastest girl in town that’s running around with all the men. There are plenty of guns in this song. It’s got a low down, mean sound. This crazy couple is grabbing some smokes and whiskey and they’re ready to rock each other all night long. Try finding this kind of song from any other artist. Only Miranda can pull of this kind of crazy in the mainstream country spotlight.
One of two songs on the record where Miranda is the only credited songwriter. Safe is a slower song with plenty of emotion and meaning. It’s a love song about how her lover makes her feel good and makes her feel safe when she’s all alone. Feeling this way seems to be something all women are looking for from men. That should be our top priority, guys.
5. Mama’s Broken Heart
The story of a crazy girl is once again the highlight, but this time Miranda is dishing out the advice. The girl has gone off the wagon a little bit. Our actions in life crate our reputation with others. We all make things a little crazy for others. We all get a talking to from our folks when we’re making them look bad and creating their broken hearts.
6. Dear Diamond
This is the other solo writing job from Miranda on this record. It’s about her brand new diamond ring. She was married earlier this year to Blake Shelton. There was no doubt we’d see a little bit of love on this record. It’s ok to see Miranda let her guard down a little bit and allow a few of her fans to see the softer side. This is a great song. A great love song.
7. Same Old You
None of us really change in life. We stay the same. Sometimes we’re able to mask who we are, but for the most part we really don’t change what we are. We keep going back to the booze and we keep going back to the bad habits. We all fall into the down times in life and it’s a struggle to fight our way back out. And we often bring people down with us and that’s the real tragedy with it all.
8. Baggage Claim
The lead off single has become one of the biggest of Miranda’s career. The song is about an old boyfriend that brought too much of his past life to the relationship. Miranda plays the part of a woman that’s had enough. She can’t take his BS anymore. She doesn’t want to deal with his past. She was interested in creating a new future for them, but some people just can’t get past their own past. A great song with killer hooks. I’m sure it’ll be number one in the next week or so.
9. Easy Living
This is a cool song. It sounds like something right out of the country scene in the ’70s. It moves along kind of meandering. It’s a song for sitting on the porch rocking back and forth. Life just kinds of moves along slow-like sometimes and this would be the songtrack song for that kind of life. We love each other and we fight sometimes, but life keeps right on rolling along and we all turn out all right. It’s easy living.
10. Over You
Some of the songs on this record have long intros and Over You is one of them. I like this song. There is a ballad-type feel to it. The song is slow and tells the story of a woman trying to get over a relationship that’s left her with a bunch of memories and no real idea of how to move on. She’s still trying to get over him and there is really no understanding for how it could have happened this way. This song has emotion and might even work really well as a single. Do we really ever get over people? They’re always a part of our lives like tattoos that just kind of fade away, but still leave their marks on our lives.
Update: It turns out I misinterpreted this song. Per Marie’s comment below, it’s actually about losing a sibling. Very sad. It’s a great song. Miranda does a wonderful job.
11. Look At Miss Ohio
It’s another slow song. There are a few ballads on here. It’s a little change from what we’re used to hearing on the radio from Miranda, but she can sing the hell out of a good country ballad. Here we have the sad story of a girl that was put up on the high wire and told to be the show for everybody. She lives out her own dreams eventually and keeps on going about her life the best way she knows how. She wants to make a few mistakes for once.
12. Better In The Long Run
Here we have the duet with Blake Shelton. It’s also one of the best songs on the entire set. Blake recently stated that he wishes the record labels in Nashville would be more open to releasing duets like the labels in the pop genre. I don’t know if it’ll happen, but fans are missing out unless they download this song. It’s a winner from the two biggest stories in country music from the last year.
13. Nobody’s Fool
It’s another long intro for this song. It’s a country/folk song at its base and Miranda pulls it off well. The rock side comes out for just a peek on a record that’s littered with slower material. Hard-core Miranda Lambert fans will be yearning for a little attitude and pain and they’ll find it with Nobody’s Fool. This is another one of my favorite tracks on the record. We all have regret and it’s good to know others go through the same issues.
14. Oklahoma Sky
Things end pretty slow here on the last song. It’s a great record with a neat story. I like it. A good love song to finish out a great record.
Love this record and completely agree that Fine Tune is the best song (after baggage claim). It’s different funky and hard-core. Just like Miranda!
Marie Evans says
Over You was written by Blake and Miranda and it’s actually about Blake’s brother who was killed in a car crash.
Dayne Shuda says
@Marie – I didn’t know that about the song or Blake’s brother. I missed the line about the presents under the tree and seeing it in stone.
That makes this song even more sad, but a wonderful country song nonetheless.
Marie Evans says
It’s ok, I found out as I have the DVD with four the record and it talks about the stories behind the songs. It’s one of my favourite songs off the album.
Dayne Shuda says
@Marie – Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you, for the great review. Of course, as a Ran Fan, I love all of her songs. She is the greatest!