Miranda Lambert released her 7th studio album, Wildcard, this past November. Needless to say, social media and country music sites were buzzing with the news. I admit, I was concerned when I heard that Miranda had chosen to go with a different producer for this project, especially when I found out it was Jay Joyce. Let's be honest, he's very hit and miss, sometimes the production works, sometimes it is utterly awful.
There are quite a few misses and foibles, production-wise, on this record, but overall it's clear that Miranda was able to hold strong to her sound and her musical tastes. This record at the hands of a lesser artist would've no doubt fallen more prey to Joyce's over-production, but Miranda holds her own well for most of the record. The only huge misstep that I simply can't stand to listen to is "Mess With My Head". The production is awful, plain and simple. Thankfully, Miranda's personality and words shine through the mostly over-produced record, and there are some excellent standouts.
One thing I admire Miranda Lambert for is her brutal self-awareness, and that seems even more prevalent with each album she releases. I've noticed that four out of the five songs that I find myself enjoying and drawn to the most from this record finds Miranda very self-aware. She digs deep and bares her soul, flaws and all. She has no trouble owning up to her mistakes and character flaws, and I find that incredibly refreshing.
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.