Miranda Lambert’s life experience has caught up with her talent.
Platinum is a confident, intelligent record that weaves the themes of nostalgia, femininity, and celebrity together over sixteen tracks. It’s a cohesive set, with lead single “Automatic” making much more sense in the context of the full album. It’s also remarkably, defiantly country, which shows more of a rock-and-roll attitude these days than rocking out does.
Strong collaborations with Little Big Town, the Time Jumpers, and Carrie Underwood are scattered throughout, but this is fully Miranda’s show, a woman coming to terms with who she is and how it’s all connected to where she came from. Most effectively, she’s also exploring what it means to be a woman in country music and society in general in 2014.
Part of her answer seems to be embracing the superficiality so she can ultimately subvert it. Miranda Lambert’s fighting the good fight for women, and she’s packing some serious heat.
Standout Tracks: “Platinum”, “Little Red Wagon”, “All That’s Left” (with the Time Jumpers), “Bathroom Sink”