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Album review | COUNTRY

Miranda Lambert, ‘Platinum’

The reigning CMA female vocalist of the year hit a creative peak with her 2011 release, “Four the Record,” which proved she had more in her
arsenal than guns-blazing revenge tales. The Texas spitfire’s fifth album, “Platinum,” is a worthy follow-up; Lambert wrote or co-wrote half of the album’s 16 tracks, which bounce from humid honky tonk to glossy arena stage to rustic front porch with sass and ease.

Whether belting to the back row on the sweetly cranky nostalgia anthem, “Automatic,” waxing playful in the title track, on which she giggles, “What doesn’t kill you only makes you blonder,” or going a few rounds with her own brutal inner critic on the driving “Bathroom Sink,” Lambert does something unique among her peers swimming in the same Nashville songwriter pool, simply by sounding distinctly like herself.

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