It’s always a good day when I get to hear new Miranda Lambert music! I remember the day “Automatic” came out and listening to it on the radio. That song delivered and remains a Miranda classic, but how do her latest songs fair?
On 7/18/2019, Miranda Lambert released two songs on various streaming sites off her as-of-yet-titled new album due out later this year. It had previously been announced that “It All Comes Out in the Wash” would be released today and to keep an eye out for another surprise of sorts, which ended up being that she also released “Locomotive” as well. “Locomotive” had been shared via social media recently as Miranda performed the song live at one of her shows and was captured via a fan cell phone.
After releasing the Americana flavored Weight of These Wings LP in 2016, fans are anxious to not only hear new music from Miranda, but also to get a taste of her first commercial release not produced by long-time collaborator Frank Liddell. This time around Miranda joined with producer Jay Joyce.
“It All Comes Out in the Wash” shows that Miranda Lambert does have a “sound” and she sticks to it. This song reminds me of “Pink Sunglasses” or “Little Red Wagon”. You hear that voice and you instantly know who it is, but the arrangement sounds familiar too, in a good way because now we know that she carries her sound, not her producer. Lyrically the song plays on the phrase that comes within the title, that heartbreak and drama goes away instead of being aired like “dirty laundry”.
“Locomotive” sonically sounds like an Eric Church song (who uses producer Jay Joyce), with heavy guitars, a driving beat and even has a little funk to it. This song reminds me of “Kerosene”, a slight throwback to older Miranda Lambert. This is a great song to listen to in the car or while working out at the gym. I think this song shows an amazing collaboration between Miranda and her “new” producer.
Both songs are a knock out and I hope are a good representation of the whole album in general. If so, Miranda Lambert will have another amazing set of songs to add to her growing library of country classics.