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Miranda Lambert - Wildcard (Album Review)

Thursday, 07 November 2019 Written by Milly McMahon

Miranda Lambert's fiery energy and exuberant spirit perfectly encapsulate the best of modern country music. Her seventh studio album ‘Wildcard’ is a confessional, expertly written body of work.

After candidly discussing her divorce from fellow country music icon Blake Shelton on 2016’s ‘The Weight of These Wings’, its successor emerges following her recent whirlwind romance and secret wedding. Compiled with a guest verse from Maren Morris, on the outstanding Too Pretty For Prison, and Jay Joyce on production, the LP’s features are kept to a minimum.

That’s because Lambert takes centre stage to share her truth. The vibe screams freedom and unadulterated self-expression, and she presents her chaos with self-acceptance and liberating power.

Her faultless vocals are stunning, and there's total transparency to her love of a good time, but also the realities of a life lived fast and sometimes directionless. 

Dark Bars ends the album, leaving the listener at a reflective place after a rollercoaster of a journey throughout ‘Wildcard’. Settling Down is another transformative moment for the Texas native.

Here she contemplates where her happiness lies, what true love really feels like and the grit of real life versus the dream of a fairytale ending. “Am I looking for you? Am I looking the other way?” she sings. “Am I settling up or settling down?” 

Lambert's lyrics are so engaging, and the enunciation of her words is equally affecting. Crucially, her soul is ever-present throughout the rawness of her material. She commits herself to this album with a vulnerability rarely captured alongside such riotous attitude.

Miranda Lambert Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu November 07 2019 - CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia - John Paul Jones Arena (USA)
Fri November 08 2019 - COLUMBIA South Carolina - Colonial Life Arena (USA)
Sat November 09 2019 - ORLANDO Florida - Amway Center (USA)
Thu November 21 2019 - JACKSONVILLE Florida - VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena (USA)
Fri November 22 2019 - DULUTH Georgia - Infinite Energy Arena (USA)
Sat November 23 2019 - GREENSBORO North Carolina - Greensboro Coliseum (USA)
Thu January 16 2020 - TUPELO Michigan - BancorpSouth Arena (USA)
Fri January 17 2020 - BILOXI Mississippi - Mississippi Coast Coliseum (USA)
Sat January 18 2020 - BIRMINGHAM AL Alabama - Legacy Arena at The BJCC (USA)
Thu January 23 2020 - NORTH LITTLE ROCK Arkansas - Verizon Arena (USA)
Fri January 24 2020 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Bridgestone Arena (USA)
Sat January 25 2020 - EVANSVILLE Indiana - Ford Center (USA)
Wed January 29 2020 - SCOTTSDALE Arizona - Birds Nest At TPC Scottsdale (USA)
Fri January 31 2020 - SALT LAKE CITY Utah - Vivint Smart Home Arena (USA)
Sat February 01 2020 - DENVER Colorado - Pepsi Center (USA)
Thu February 06 2020 - KANSAS CITY Missouri - Sprint Center (USA)
Fri February 07 2020 - TULSA Oklahoma - BOK Center (USA)
Sat February 08 2020 - DALLAS Texas - American Airlines Center (USA)
Thu February 20 2020 - ANAHEIM California - Honda Center (USA)
Fri February 21 2020 - SAN DIEGO California - Viejas Arena (USA)
Sat February 22 2020 - ONTARIO California - Toyota Arena (USA)
Thu February 27 2020 - FRESNO California - Save Mart Center (USA)
Fri February 28 2020 - SAN JOSE California - SAP Center (USA)
Sat February 29 2020 - SACRAMENTO California - Golden 1 Center (USA)
Thu April 23 2020 - BOSIE Idaho - Ford Idaho Center Arena (USA)
Fri April 24 2020 - SPOKANE Washington - Spokane Arena (USA)
Sat April 25 2020 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Rogers Arena (Canada)
Thu April 30 2020 - EDMONTON Alberta - Rogers Place (Canada)
Fri May 01 2020 - REGINA Saskatchewan - Brandt Centre (Canada)
Sat May 02 2020 - WINNIPEG Manitoba - Bell MTS Place (Canada)
Tue May 05 2020 - LONDON ON Ontario - Budweiser Gardens (Canada)
Thu May 07 2020 - OSHAWA Ontario - Tribute Communities Centre (Canada)
Fri May 08 2020 - OTTAWA Ontario - Canadian Tire Centre (Canada)
Sat May 09 2020 - MONTREAL Quebec - Bell Centre (Canada)

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