January 27, 2008
Once again, it’s ladies first in the world of country music critics. The highly praised Crazy Ex-Girlfriend tops the eighth annual Nashville Scene Critics Poll for Best Country Album of 2007, with Miranda Lambert outpacing Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Porter Wagoner and Patty Griffin.
Lambert continues the tradition of female artists topping this list, with the list being topped in previous years by the Dixie Chicks (2006), Lee Ann Womack (2005) and Loretta Lynn (2004.) The last male artist to top the list was Rodney Crowell; his Fate’s Right Hand album was named the best of 2003.
Lambert also landed three of the top fifteen singles of the year: “Famous in a Small Town” (#1), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ( #12) and “Gunpowder & Lead” (#15). She was also the top Female Vocalist and top Songwriter. It’s no surprise, then, that she was named overall Artist of the Year.
Other list-toppers include Brad Paisley (Male Vocalist), Sugarland (Duo/Group), Taylor Swift (New Artist), and Keith Urban (Live Act.) The exquisite Emmylou Haris box set Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems was named Best Reissue.
As a side note, eight of the fifteen albums on the Country Universe Best Country Albums of 2007 list were cited on the critics poll: Lambert, Plant/Krauss, Wagoner, Lori McKenna, Lucinda Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis and Tim McGraw.
You can read more and view all lists in their entirety here.