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?