If people were to judge Miranda Lambert’s songwriting abilities by what they have heard on the radio, they might be justified in assuming that her strength lied in songs steeped in defiant attitude. They may not realize that Lambert is capable of writing and singing a ballad that is either on par or, perhaps, even beyond the energetic, self assured songs for which she is so well known.
“More Like Her”, her fourth release from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is the first time that casual listeners have an opportunity to hear Lambert’s vulnerable side. She gives us a glimpse into a situation where she is not necessarily in charge. “I guess I should have been more like her”, she sardonically observes, as she struggles with the fact that the man that she loves is torn between her and the woman who we assume to be his ex. Lambert sings, “Forgiving you well she’s stronger than I am/You don’t look much like a man from where I’m at/It’s plain to see desperation showed it’s truth/You love her as she loves you with all she has/I guess I should have been more like that.”
With this song of sad resignation, Lambert displays her keen interpretive skills. The disappointment and vulnerability is very palpable in her vocals. Furthermore, the song is appropriately supported by a gentle production that adds to Lambert’s fragility.
In an album full of very strong material, I’d argue that one of its more quiet songs makes one of the most powerful impressions.
Written by Miranda Lambert
Listen: More Like Her
Buy: More Like Her