Four the Record
Performer: Miranda Lambert
Engineer: Chuck Ainlay; James Towler...
Producer: Chuck Ainlay; Frank Liddell; Glenn Worf...
Distributor: Sony Music Entertainment
Notes: Personnel: Randy Scruggs (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Jay Joyce, Richard Bennett (guitar); Greg Leisz (steel guitar, dobro); John Jarvis (piano); Glenn Worf (upright bass); Matt Chamberlain (drums, percussion); Allison Moorer, Patty Loveless, Brandi Carlile (background vocals). Audio Mixer: Chuck Ainlay. Liner Note Author: Judy Forde-Blair. Recording information: Jupiter Studios, Seattle, WA; Ronnie's Place, Nashville, TN; Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN; Sugarhill Recording Studio, Houston, TX; The Cave, Dallas, GA; Tragedy/Tragedy Studio, Nashville, TN; Wincraft Music Studios, England. Photographer: Randee St. Nicholas. Miranda Lambert struck gold with her third album, Revolution, which sent two songs to the top of the country charts. Four the Record looks to continue her winning streak, mixing sassy country-pop with a handful of rustic, bluegrass-influenced songs. Despite writing most of the music on her previous records, Lambert only pens six songs on this disc, looking to outside songwriters like Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, and Pistol Annies' bandmate Ashley Monroe to provide the remaining eight. Even so, a moving duet with husband Blake Shelton on "Better in the Long Run" proves she's still willing to keep things within the family.
Rolling Stone (p.83) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "FOUR plays like a delightful mixtape, taking in honky-tonk, pastoral ballads, country blues and blowsy duet with Blake Shelton." Rolling Stone (p.71) - Ranked #31 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[I]t's her most easeful and assured effort yet." Spin (p.69) - "The real strength here is the feline sharpness of Lambert's voice, letting petulance evaporate into a sigh on the simplest of lines..." Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "FOUR is her most vivid effort yet, with brilliantly observed songs about lust and disappointment, as well as a stirring celebration of diversity." -- Grade: A-
The daughter of a respected behind-the-scenes country guitarist, Miranda Lambert found success via the talent/variety show circuit. After conquering her native Texas, Lambert, like all aspiring country singers, headed to Nashville. Her competitive performing jaunt culminated in her finishing third overall in the 2003 NASHVILLE STAR reality-TV show (a country music version of AMERICAN IDOL). Despite not winning on the high-profile contest, Lambert remained in the spotlight and was considered one of the industry's most promising young stars.
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