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Ridiculous Things: Miranda’s New Album Cover

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Although I might append a “-ly Cool” to that “Ridiculous” depending on the day you asked me.

But yeah, let’s talk about this. She’s playing up her primary marketing persona to such an extreme as to make its artifice glaringly, even amusingly obvious. In a way, that doesn’t bug me – it’s not like any of us ever actually believed her to be a vengeful pyro/ex-girlfriend/abuse victim.

But “Kerosene” and “Gunpowder & Lead” are great records because they tap into the hearts of women who have been those things – or at least, because they construct believable hearts for those women as characters. So while it’s cool, in a Tarantino way, to imagine a cute blond getting all aggro, we know that firepower can’t be the whole story; it has to be based on something. For the most part, Lambert seems to have gotten that.

But the silly reference to burning up some guy’s luggage in “Baggage Claim” bugged me a bit, and now we get bold graphics like this. I’m thinking things could either go very right or very wrong here. This is a striking photo, but I’d hate for Lambert to become a parody of herself.

What do y’all think?

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Ridiculous Things: Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson covering Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.”

Come on, now.

I’m all for staying relevant, and I’m a big fan of Jackson and her seminal rockabilly work. Jack White has proven himself able to help a legendary female country artist return to her roots, thanks to his seminal work with Loretta Lynn.

But this? It’s way too close to parody for my tastes. She’s mimicking Winehouse, not interpreting the song in her own way. It’s way too one-note and gimmicky for an artist of this stature.

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