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Miranda Lambert – “Fastest Girl In Town”

30 Jun

Songwriters:  Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley

What in the name of Bocephus is going on with Miranda Lambert these days?  She’s already released two weak singles from her current album Four the Record, and now her new release “Fastest Girl In Town” makes a third.  Not only that, but this along with “Over You” are two back-to-back releases that tie as Lambert’s weakest singles to date.

“Fastest Girl In Town” is loud, brash, obnoxious, over-produced, and under-developed.  She’s firmly established her primary marketing persona as country music’s trigger-happy bad girl, but she’s losing the underlying character development and storytelling aspect that made such a character connect with fans in the first place.  What made “Kerosene” and “Gunpowder and Lead” really tick is that they told relatable stories through three-dimensional characters with an underlying vulnerability about them.  “Fastest Girl In Town” offers nothing but a black-and-white template that unsuccessfully attempts to duplicate its colorful predecessors.

The cacophonous production arrangement alone is enough to give you a headache – Didn’t anyone learn anything from the nineties ladies?  But the greater issue is that “Fastest Girl” is little more than a shoddily – constructed lyric awash with throwaway lines that lack any discernible point.  Or narrative.  Or any noteworthy validating factor for their existence.  What can you say about a singer-songwriter of Lambert’s caliber churning out an opening line as weak as “You’ve got the bullets, I got the gun/ I got a hankering for gettin’ into something”?

She’s played up this same old shtick to such extremes that it’s making her seem more and more like a one-trick pony.  Doesn’t anybody remember what happened with Gretchen Wilson?  Worse yet, she’s veering dangerously close to self-parody.

Miranda Lambert used to be a bright spot on country radio.  Is she now to join husband Blake Shelton in the club of radio and award show darlings being rewarded for mediocrity?

MIRANDA’S SCORE:  3
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Single Reviews

 

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7 responses to “Miranda Lambert – “Fastest Girl In Town”

  1. Lynn

    June 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I hope you’re prepared for the onslaught of angry comments from the Miranda fans, just like the Country Universe review has been bombarded lol.

    Everything about this single is just off to me. The awful lyrics, the production, even Miranda’s vocals seem uninspired in this recording. And I do agree about Miranda’s recent singles being weak. To me this album cycle has been lackluster so far. It’s a bit frustrating that she’s reaching the height of both commercial and radio success at a time when the quality of her output is going downhill.

    Miranda will probably be awarded once again with the female vocalist award come CMA awards time, unless a new female artist manages a huge breakthrough in the next few months. Taylor Swift is in between albums so I don’t see her as a frontrunner. It remains to be seen whether Carrie Underwood’s love affair with vocalist awards will be rekindled lol. While her first batches of of vocalist awards were certainly well deserved, It’s a bit frustrating that she’ll likely get the next batch of awards for output such as Over You and Fastest Girl In Town.

     
    • Ben Foster

      July 1, 2012 at 4:25 AM

      I hope you’re prepared for the onslaught of angry comments from the Miranda fans, just like the Country Universe review has been bombarded lol.

      Bring it ;)

      To me this album cycle has been lackluster so far. It’s a bit frustrating that she’s reaching the height of both commercial and radio success at a time when the quality of her output is going downhill.

      Double ditto!

      As for the award prospects, I think Carrie stands a fairly strong chance of reclaiming Female Vocalist, and for once I think Carrie is the one who has done more to warrant it, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if Miranda were to take it yet again.

       
  2. DCMF Chart

    June 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    I completely agree. Four the Record left me feeling empty and this is another weak single. Thing is, radio will eat it up and probably give her another top ten single.

     
  3. classdepartments

    July 1, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    I agree! Why Miranda? There are two songs on “Four the Record” that I play over and over. “Same old You”; “Mama’s Broken Heart”. I like “Easy Living” too. Any of those songs would be better!

     
  4. bob

    July 1, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    You mentioned the nineties ladies. In my opinion, most of them (e.g., Bogguss, Yearwood, Tillis, Loveless, Mattea, Clark, etc.) were far better singers that Miranda and didn’t need all the background noise. The ladies I mentioned would shine in an acoustic performance.

     
    • Ben Foster

      July 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      I agree that many of the nineties ladies were better vocalists than Miranda, but I don’t consider Miranda a weak vocalist by any means. My comment with regard to the nineties ladies was referring more to the way their production styles framed and complemented their voices and their songs instead of overwhelming them. Even with her vocal limitations, I don’t think this style does Miranda any favors. I think she sounds much better in an acoustic setting, such as with “The House That Built Me.”

       
  5. Lynn

    July 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I wonder if Dear Diamond is a strong contender as a future single?

     

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