“It All Comes Out in the Wash”
Written by Miranda Lambert, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose
Miranda Lambert returns to her vintage sound with a pair of singles that preview her seventh solo album, due later this year.
The first, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” seems tailor made for radio, where it already is making a big impact. It has the “bubbly personality delivering a small town gossip lyric” vibe that has worked well for her in the past.
But much like other earlier singles like “Dead Flowers” and “Baggage Claim,” “Wash” stretches out a metaphor that doesn’t have much elastic built into it, running it into the ground before the second verse comes along. It’s a disappointment that feels like a big step backwards for her.
Written by Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and K.S. Rhoades
“Locomotive” fares better because it’s all about the groove. Comparing yourself to a runaway train is hardly a groundbreaking concept for a country song, but the best examples of this well-worn theme have utilized the backing track to recreate the rhythm and rumble of a train on the tracks.
“Locomotive” does this wonderfully, and Lambert’s older, deeper vocal is a perfect fit for the pulsating beat that she’s singing over. Again, it doesn’t stake out any new territory for her as an artist, but it’s the more satisfying of this pair of retreads.