Lambert - Kerosene
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
“I’ve got five good years and a tank of gas,
50 watts and Johnny Cash,
A guitar and a broken heart just full of things to say.”
Miranda Lambert from “Mama I’m Alright”.
sweetheart, Miranda Lambert, nailed it when she called her recent
album Kerosene. At a stretch, the title could serve as a
metaphor for a slow burning flame, one that lights the way
forward, showcasing bright possibilities. Best remembered as a
2003 hopeful in Nashville Star, eventually claiming third
spot, the young performer has been everywhere and on everything
since her signing with Sony Nashville. And on the strength of this
album, of which she wrote or shared ink on 11 of the 12 cuts,
it’s recognized praise well-deserved.
up in Lindale, Texas, music has never been far from Lambert. She
started her own band at age 17. Her song writing and guitar
playing came perfected even earlier. Her rite of passage was
complete when Dad, musician Rick Lambert, unclasped his bill fold
in 2001 and peeled out $2,000 to fund the independently released Miranda
steady apprenticeship of gigs and auditions, while enjoying
moderate chart placements with a couple of songs off ML,
have all paid off – now riding on the back of the success of Kerosene,
Lambert has snagged stage sharing with George Strait on his 2006
tour. Impressive? You bet! But the sudden praise and fame comes
well-founded in the voice, presentation and, more importantly, the
song writing finesse of a young woman who shares from her web
site: “I don’t want my music to be taken as something you just
hum along with. I want to say something that makes people
a determined ambition, one fully embraced in these tunes that come
crafted and honed with the right amount of gritty polish. Lambert
writes openly and honestly. She’s as bright as the flame she
sings about. Listen to “Kerosene”. It’s there the
energies become unleashed and the talent realized. Using the
sensitivity of Trisha, the power of Shania, and the
boundary-hopping of Faith, Lambert meshes a sharp country song.
But don’t let this fool you though. Across this well-received
album, Lambert proves, convincingly, that she’s her own woman
with enough talent to cast her own shadow.
Lambert sings about the heartache of wasted love on the
hard-hitting “Kerosene,” or drawls through the loneliness of
tortured thoughts on “Greyhound Bound For Nowhere,” or the
rocking misery of the up-tempo, “I Can’t Be Bothered”, a
tale of moving on, only to recall this is Month 12, Day 31, and
Hour 24 of the fizzled affair, Lambert shows not only diversity
but a writing edge that spells career longevity.
an album that tingles with Texas and sparks with enthusiasm, it
shows what commitment can bring about. Lambert in her bio admits
inspiration from seeing Garth Brooks perform when she was ten.
“It was awesome,” tells Lambert. “There I was in my braces
screaming, Gaaaaaaarth! I was freakin’ out.”
the mania of Garth, Lambert moved, deciding music was her choice,
towards the reflective inspiration of Guy Clark, Jack Ingram, and
Emmylou Harris. Now with her own style, voice and writing
confidence, Lambert’s forging her own path. Tracks like “What
About Georgia?” where being free is right where you belong, or
“New Strings,” where an open highway, a vacant seat, and an
old guitar and a new set of strings” can lead to possibility, to
the image-rich, “Mama I’m Alright,” this is a standout
album. Its well-regarded debut at #1 on the Billboard Country
Chart earlier this year was no fluke.
young. She’s talented. She writes from a vantage point beyond
her almost 23 years, yet with simplicity that makes her stories of
shattered love, loneliness and redeemed hope believable. She
injects melody, sensitivity and connection into her songs, and she
sings with a voice designed for listener karaoke.
her music, Lambert has said: “I want to be my own person. There
are a million blonde chicks who can sing. I’ve always wanted to
album proves one thing. She is.
The CD Now!
- Official Website
Miranda Lambert -
2: What About Georgia?
3: Greyhound Bound For Nowhere
4: New Strings
5: I Can’t Be Bothered
6: Bring Me Down
7: Me And Charlie Talking
8: I Wanna Die
9: Love Is Looking For you
10: Mama, I’m Alright
11: There’s A Wall
12:Love Your Memory
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This album is awesome, I saw her with Keith Urban in Rapid City, SD and I'm very glad I got the chance.