By Amanda Wicks
It’s been 11 years since Miranda Lambert released her debut studio album Kerosene, which through its title alone introduced the music world to the brash and bold musician. She proved from the start that she was more interested in starting fires, and in turn exploding notions of what it meant to write, record and perform country music from a female perspective.
Lambert’s ‘no apologies’ attitude, which continued unfolding with hits like “White Liar” off 2009’s Revolution and “Little Red Wagon” off 2014’s Platinum, proved a musician could be as flawed as she was fierce. She sang about her relationships with whiskey, cheaters, and the past, and in doing so laid bare her strengths and struggles. With every album she released following Kerosene, Lambert secured her place as a powerful musician in the country world. It’s for reasons like that she won the inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award and took home her seventh win for ACM Female Vocalist of the Year in 2016.
With The Weight of These Wings, Lambert has penned perhaps her most personal album to date, and the answer to many fans’ looming questions about her well-publicized personal life. Don’t expect easy answers, though. There was so much to say Lambert made her sixth album a double, which she touts as “one story.” There are always two sides, after all.
The Weight of These Wings is chock full of the candid, no-holds-barred lyricism that made her so popular in the first place. This is Lambert licking her wounds on one song, slinging whiskey in another, taking to the road to escape in a third, and in between all those adventures finding her spirit, finding her wings. She has measured her life and the resulting 24 songs are an empowering addition to her repertoire not for their pure resilience, but for the cracks they reveal and the humanity that shines through each one.