Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings in Depth

Explore the Prominent Themes and 24 Souls Behind the Double Album

In one of her only interviews within the last few months, Miranda Lambert said she was at peace with the fact that she can’t control how fans will interpret her double-album The Weight of These Wings.

“Every record I’ve ever made has been a reflection of where I am right then in my life, however old I am,” she told Billboard in August. “And I’ve never held back at all. But this time with what I happened to be going through in my life, being honest was never really a choice. Everybody knew anyway. So I just said, ‘I’m gonna journal it, and — good days and bad days — use it for my art.’”

Now that fans have had the chance to live with the music for a few days, all the questions they’ve had for her since 2014’s Platinum can be pretty much answered in one song on album one, The Nerve. It’s “You Wouldn’t Know Me,” by Shake Russell from his 1996 album Deep in the West.

Over angelic Appalachian guitar picking and washboard scratching, she sings, “You wouldn’t know me if you saw me here/I’m changing day to day, that’s right/You’ll never know me by askin’ how I feel/You’ll never keep up that way.” Very true. Change comes to every human being — celebrity and non-celebrity — whether they’re responsible for it or not. It’s best to just let the music do all the talking.

As Lambert’s first album release since the end of her marriage with Blake Shelton, it’s easy to let the mind wonder about the people she sings about in every song, especially since most of them are delivered in the first person. But it’s a risk she’s willing to take. (CMT.com requested an interview with Lambert to talk about the new music last week, but there hasn’t been a response).

At times, the lyrics celebrate giving commitment a try in “Getaway Driver” and “Pushin’ Time.” Other times she sings about commitment issues in “Runnin’ Just In Case,” “Use My Heart,” “Things That Break,” “Well-Rested,” “To Learn Her” and “Vice.”

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