This summer is shaping up to be a pretty great summer for releases. I know I've been enjoying the new tunes. For this feature, I'll be sharing a few new releases from Miranda Lambert, and The Highwomen.
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Miranda Lambert recently released two new songs from her upcoming album, due out in the Fall. "It All Comes Out In The Wash" is the official lead single, but "Locomotive" was the first song from the record that Lambert chose to debut at CMA Fest, and I believe it's the stronger of the two.
"Locomotive" features a driving melody that mixes in heavy Rock influences, hearkening back to Miranda's original sound (think parts of Kerosene and Revolution) all the while taking it up a notch and feeling fresh. The production is slicker than her original sound, but also feels noisier. The lyrics are fun and clever, especially the chorus which features a double meaning around the phrase "He give me wings".
I really like the song because it is such a jam, but at the same time, I am a touch concerned about the overall production/sound of the upcoming record. I'm hoping the record evens out in sound like her others. I don't mind mixing in Rock sounds (she does it so well), but I still want Miranda, who is arguably one of the reigning Queens of Country, to lean more towards the country end of things. She has yet to disappoint with her music, so I shall hold on to that and trust her. ;)
As I mentioned above, Miranda released TWO new songs yesterday (7/18), and one of them was the lead single for her upcoming album.
"It All Comes Out In The Wash" is a fun, fluffier number that tackles another double meaning, int his case in the form of the phrase "it'll all come out in the wash." The phrase has always been used in the sense that everything comes to light eventually, the truth'll come out at some point, and that's one of the meanings used within the song, but there's a twist. The phrase is also used as one of redemption and being washed clean. Those mistakes you made, don't worry about them because they'll all come out in the wash. Your sins will be washed clean. Miranda herself has said that the single is a lighthearted reminder that the bad times never last, eventually this too shall pass.
The sound on "It All Comes Out In The Wash" sounds very familiar to Miranda's Platinum era (or more recently "We Should Be Friends"), which was a little hit and miss with the production as well. Don't get me wrong, I liked the album as a whole, but to me Kerosene, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Revolution, & The Weight of These Wings will always be where Miranda's sweet spot lies.
Overall, it's a fun, catchy song. Miranda pulls it off in a way that only she can.
The Highwomen, which is a new group comprised of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Amanda Shires, and Maren Morris, debuted their first song from their upcoming debut record today.
"Redesigning Women" is a great lead single. Catchy lyrics, great vocals, perfect production (that gives me both Tanya Tucker & Loretta Lynn vibes). It's a song that celebrates and empowers women, in a lighthearted and witty way, without preaching. You couldn't ask for a better lead single and I look forward to hearing the full album!
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.