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ALBUM REVIEW | Country

Miranda Lambert’s ‘Four the Record’

“Revolution’’ may have been the title of Miranda Lambert’s award-winning 2009 release but the real revolution is afoot on her fourth solo album, “Four the Record.’’ The newly minted Mrs. Blake Shelton - who duets with his bride here - takes the clout she’s earned and runs with it. On a rock solid and expansive set of songs, Lambert mixes backbeats, production styles, fuzzed-out vocals, slinky slide guitars, and other offbeat elements into a cohesive whole. She tops it all with humor, heartache, hope, and hubris. Lambert rightly points out on the chugging, good-time lead-off single, “Baggage Claim,’’ that “behind every woman scorned is a man who made her that way.’’ She brings the drama and the crazy in the wake of a bad breakup on the spare comic shuffle “Mama’s Broken Heart.’’ And she unleashes her inner mischief-maker, promising to wear “nothing but a tattoo and a smile’’ to the festivities on “Fastest Girl in Town.’’ Lambert is equally affecting when she slows things down, showing great vocal restraint on the gentle paean to stability “Safe’’ and oozing the resignation of a woman who makes the right yet painful choice, on the Brandi Carlile-penned “Same Old You.’’ (Out today) SARAH RODMAN


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