Miranda Lambert Reinvents Herself Artistically

Miranda LambertThat’s how Miranda Lambert describes her upcoming album release. She says Revolution (out Sept. 29) has a little bit more diversity and that she has reinvented herself artistically. But not to worry. She says she still stayed true to the classic Miranda Lambert sound.

And you can hear that classic-but-reinvented sound on this Wal-Mart Soundcheck performance. After her five-minute interview, she does 20 solid minutes of music. Mostly new stuff, plus “Famous in a Small Town.”

I am trying not to sway anyone with my biases, but if you only have time to listen to one song, you should make it “Only Prettier.” It could be the steel guitar. It could be the girl swagger in her voice. Or it could just be the lyrics every girl has in her head from time to time when faced with a girl who has somehow pissed you off: “I’ll keep drinkin’/And you’ll keep gettin’ skinnier/I’m just like you, only prettier.”

You can also hear acoustic take on a new tune, “Heart Like Mine,” where she talks about knowing Jesus drank wine and how she bets “he’d understand a heart like mine.” And she does her latest radio hits, the don’t-mess-with-me “White Liar” and the somber “Dead Flowers.”

With the quality sound, nice camera work and the contrast of color and black and white, I have to say that Wal-Mart’s getting pretty good at making these Soundcheck shows seem downright hip. Although this time, it’s Lambert herself that really brings the cool factor up about 10 notches. Especially when she talks about sticking with who you are. Her advice? “Know exactly who you are musically, and you won’t lose yourself along the way.”

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