Guest Author - Kathy Lyngholm
In this sophomore CD from Miranda Lambert, sometimes it is hard to tell which direction she is taking with her music.
For the former Nashville Star contestant, this CD seems to lack a common sound that links the songs together. Itís almost like Miranda is having a hard time deciding if she wants to go with Country, Southern Rock or even Punk Rock with this CD. The title track Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she performed this on the CMA Awards show last year, seems better suited to the Punk Rock genre than the more laid back Country music scene. Gunpowder & Lead seems to be more of a old school country song, along with Famous in a Small Town.
Love Letters written by Miranda is a beautiful song that showcases her voice, she does very well with ballads and the slower tempo songs. Desperation is another ballad that is just a gorgeous showcase of Mirandaís voice.
Gunpowder & Lead talks about an abusive boyfriend who is going to meet the business end of a shotgun.
Dry Town is a song that will remind you of Loretta Lynns style. It talks about exactly what the title says, no beer, no alcohol in the town which seems to be totally dry of any excitement.
Famous in a Small Town talks about how "everyone dies famous in a small town". Anything that happens is news, births, deaths, hunting, etc.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend talks about not letting her ex get away with showing up with a new girl at a place they used to hang out in and have fun.
Love Letters is about a love gone wrong. Beautifully written by Miranda.
Desperation talks about still being in love with with an ex boyfriend.
More Like Her talks about how she should have been more like the former girlfriend and maybe the relationship would have lasted.
Down talks about breaking hearts and telling people to stay away from her so they don't get hurt.
Guilty in Here is about feeling guilty about all the things she did to keep guys under her thumb.
Getting Ready is about working up to breaking it off with a boyfriend.
Easy From Now On talks about it getting easier now that the guy is gone and she can move on from the relationship.
While Miranda is having a bit more luck with her career than the previous winners of Nashville Star, she needs to find a bit more direction in her choice of songs, in my opinion. This mish mash of music left this reviewer a bit confused.