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Thursday, October 8, 2009

She's Just Like You, 'Only Prettier'


There’s something about Miranda Lambert that sets her apart from other female country artists. Maybe it’s because one of her most famous songs, “Gunpowder and Lead” is about a woman defending herself with a rifle from an ex-convict (who happens to be a past lover) from an album titled Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Her latest album, Revolution, tells stories any southern gal can relate to. The nitty-gritty elements of the album include tracks like “Only Prettier.”

She starts the song “Well I’ve been saved by the grace of southern charm, I got a mouth like a sailor and yours is more like a Hallmark card.” She sings about how jagged-edged, rowdy southern girls aren’t all that different from society’s manufactured mold of a proper lady,and ends the track singing, "I'm just like you, only prettier."

Lambert also sings about realizing the need for self protection—the 45 caliber kind.

 In “Time to Get a Gun,” the southern twang of her voice draws out a couple extra beats when she sings, “It’s time to get a gun,that’s what I’ve been thinkin’. I could afford one if I did just a little less drinkin’.”

She might not be the kind of girl you can take home to mom, but she’s the real thing. Not just another over-processed Jessica Simpson wanna-be country singer. She takes country away from contemporary and back to its roots, and that’s something I can appreciate.

--Ashley Thompson

Currently listening to “Me and Your Cigarettes” by Miranda Lambert

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