Miranda Lambert has a new album coming, and the word is it will be a return to the old Miranda in large measure. Lambert first let loose information on the new record a couple of weeks ago at CMA Fest, when she said about the new album, “I’ve always used my music for a reflection of where I am in life. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s bad, ugly, who knows. But I kind of just own it at the moment. So this is kind of a record that I needed to make for me. It’s fun, it’s really fun. It’s not all love songs, don’t worry. There’s a few. But it’s got a rock n’ roll edge from spending time in New York City. It’s got this city energy vibe to it. It’s fun and exciting.”
Miranda then went on to debut a new song while making her return to the CMA Fest stage, and her first live appearance in nearly 10 months with the song “Locomotive.” Now ahead of an appearance this weekend at the LakeShake Festival in Chicago where she will headline the festival’s all female Friday lineup, she’s confirmed that a new album is indeed on the way, and fans should expect it to be delivered this fall to coincide with her recently-announced tour.
“I would call it old Miranda, but a Miranda at a whole new level, if that makes any sense,” Lambert tells the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s not going to be love song overload or anything like that. [Laughs] I made a career on being a rock and roller and I think fans are going to hear that throughout. And yeah, there is this vibe of being happy that goes through this album. I am really, really happy.”
Miranda Lambert has gone through multiple transitions in her career, starting out as more of a hard-edged and plucky performer in her first couple of albums, punctuated with revenge songs, attitude, gunpowder and kerosene. 2009’s Revolution was Lambert finding a more measured mood, with the album’s marquee single “The House That Built Me” becoming her first #1. Four The Record and Platinum were more commercially-oriented, with Lambert bringing in more collaborators and songwriters as opposed to penning most of her own material. This led to the double album and Platinum-selling The Weight of These Wings from 2016, which many consider as Lambert’s “Americana” record, full of more songwriter-oriented material peppered with a few upbeat tunes.
If the new song “Locomotive” is any indication, Miranda Lambert can be taken at her word that the new material will contain more attitude like the Miranda of old. We’ll just have to see if that attitude also comes with songs that either the radio will have any interest in, or that will include the underlying stories and substance that have made Miranda one of the more palatable artists from country’s modern mainstream class.