Miranda Lambert And The Soft Side Of Tough

Jul 11, 2014
Originally published on July 11, 2014 11:08 am

Miranda Lambert has painted herself as one of country music's bad girls: Whether it's solo or with her trio Pistol Annies, she's got a deep catalog of songs about revenge, guns, cigarettes and beer. But her new album, Platinum, shows a more vulnerable side.

Lambert recently spoke with Morning Edition about writing the song "Bathroom Sink" after a year of tabloid headlines about her weight gain and loss; she also describes the lessons she'd like to communicate to her youngest female fans. Hear more at the audio link.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's hear now from Miranda Lambert, country music's bad girl. That musical persona has served her well over 10 years and six albums.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SOMETHIN' BAD)

MIRANDA LAMBERT: (Singing) Drinks keep coming, throw my head back laughing. Wake up in the morning, don't know what happened. Whoa, something bad.

MONTAGNE: Whether it's solo or with her trio the Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert's songs roam around the territory of revenge, guns, cigarettes and beer. But on her new album, Platinum, she shows her vulnerable side and turns inward with songs like this one, "Bathroom Sink."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BATHROOM SINK")

LAMBERT: (Singing) It's amazing the amount of rejection that I see in my reflection. And I can't get out of the way.

LAMBERT: You know, it's one of those songs that was a little bit scary to put on the record because it is so honest and raw and sort of like a diary entry, in a way.

MONTAGNE: That song follows a year of tabloid headlines about her weight and her loss of weight and gossip about her marriage to country music star Blake Shelton.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BATHROOM SINK")

LAMBERT: (Singing) So I try not to waste too much time at the bathroom sink.

LAMBERT: It needed to be said because there are some moments where you look in the mirror and you're not really happy with what you see and your kind of scared to stay there for more than two minutes, you know, because you have to really look inside yourself sometimes.

MONTAGNE: Hard, perhaps, after years of talking tough but there's a real payoff with her fans.

LAMBERT: Younger female fans come up and say thanks for writing those kind of songs that sort of helps our confidence to know that you feel that way too.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AUTOMATIC")

LAMBERT: (Singing) Seems like only yesterday I'd get a blank cassette, record the country countdown 'cause I couldn't buy it yet.

MONTAGNE: And that's country star Miranda Lambert in a more nostalgic moment - the song "Automatic" from her new album, Platinum. She's just kicked off her song tour and tonight she'll be stopping in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. That happens to be the hometown of NPR music pop critic Ann Powers, although she is not going to that show because she's here with us at NPR West. Welcome. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.