We Should Be Friends has definitely grown on me, as have the rest of the songs I didn't care for at first (like Pink Sunglasses). Sometimes it just takes me a few listens to get used to the new sounds and then I end up liking them after all. The more I listen to the album, the more I love it.
"Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well."-Kelly Clarkson to Scott Borchetta about American Idol artistsThanks so much Danielle!
I don't care for We Should Be Friends. I have tried to like it but end up turning it off to another song. I hope we don't get the worst songs with the best remains unexposed.
I started off only liking about half the album. Some of my least favorites became favorites (like Smoking Jacket), but two of them still just do nothing for me: You Wouldn't Know Me and Tin Man. And Tin Man is supposed to be one of the best on the album, but I just can't get into it.
The Opry have posted a short clip of Keith Urban performing part of "Vice", backstage
Slant: "The track gives her plenty of material to work with and just as many reasons to be optimistic about the quality of that upcoming record. Offering a surfeit of dense, loaded phrases and sharply drawn images, the song hits with devastating accuracy because of how well Lambert sustains its central conceit."
Roughstock: "The lyrics are smart, the melody is moody and the vocal performance is just stunning. This is the kind of song Miranda's always had in her and while I love her rock 'tude, "Dead Flowers" shows us a softer, more tuneful side of Miranda Lambert that wasn't ever really shown to radio fans before."
Frequency: "may be the best song Miranda has ever done. From the lyrics to the vocal delivery to the production, everything is just gorgeous."
I'd say that the steady dominant beat in the verse narrative is somewhat reminiscent of the Rolling Stones' early '70s song, which had the same title (that was one of the Stones' Country songs, written as a result of Gram Parsons' influence on Keith Richards - both songs are laments, but the Stones' is a more morbid reflection on the failed life of a man, whose absent lover considers herself as Queen of the Underground, with references to drugs and laying flowers on the grave. Miranda's is woven around the theme of a woman trapped in a failing marriage, and the imagery is more associated with everyday objects - which, I would say, makes it more relatable and psychologically intimate)
The steady beat of the verses is overlaid by passages involving a variety of more melodic instruments, and it gives way to a sudden outburst in the chorus - but I would say that Miranda's vocal is one of the most memorable features of the song. The verse passages show a sense of melancholy and boredom with the meaningless persistence of the everyday objects, that neither partner seems able to really relate to - and this contrasts effectively with the surging frustration she shows in the power choruses.
There's effective descriptive scene painting in the lyric, and the chorus contains what I consider one of her strongest insights:
"He ain't feelin' anythin'
My love, my hurt or the sting of this rain
I'm livin' in a hurricane
All he can say is, "Man, ain't it such a nice day?"
This song (the first single from "Revolution") followed "More Like Her" (the last single from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") - both Miranda solo writes - and, although they weren't strong chart performers, these are two I'd consider to be among her best work. It was followed by "White Liar" - which I would regard as more clearly focused on market appeal. WL reached #2 on Billboard (and #1 on Mediabase), but my personal feeling is that the other two show the aspects of Miranda's work that I most admire.
Found this boxscore for Miranda (with FGL leading the list of hot tours roundup. Blech. Lol.)
7 MIRANDA LAMBERT $901,829 March 11-19 BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/0) Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0) 19,445 (20,743)
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