- Girls - The album opens with a gem of a track with beautiful instrumentals and production that perfectly complements Lambert's voice. The layering of the vocals in the chorus is masterfully done, and the track shines. 10/10
- Platinum - The title track of the album is all about the color platinum and Lambert's relation to it. It's a girl power track (as long as you're blonde) and the production works well, not sounding chaotic at all. 9/10
- Little Red Wagon - The next track brings even more of Lambert's patent sass to the album than "Platinum". The spoken bridge talks all about how Lambert's very enviable. The instrumentals are a bit too loud for the vocals, though, and come across somewhat chaotic. 8/10
- Smokin' and Drinkin' (feat. Little Big Town) - This duet has a lazy, smoky feel, the voices of the members of Little Big Town and Lambert blending beautifully, and the production definitely succeeds. It's not particularly catchy, but it works very well for what it is. 9/10
- Priscilla - "Priscilla" is a homage to Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley's wife. Lambert compares her relationship with Blake Shelton to Priscilla's with Elvis, with lyrics such as "married to a man who's married to attention", which does indeed seem to pinpoint Shelton pretty well. It's catchy and done very well, and I don't really have anything all that negative to say. 10/10
- Automatic - The first single off Lambert's album is described by her as "about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply". It's very well written, and definitely shows Lambert's prowess as a songwriter — besides being excellently done, it charted as #3 on the US Country Airplay chart. 10/10
- Bathroom Sink - This is the only track on the album that is written solely by Lambert, and shows that she should be given more of a chance to put her own music on her albums. One of the best lyrics on the track is "Glamour at its finest just means someone's hiding". It's not really single material, but Lambert delivers the vocals with a lot of sincerity — moreso than on some of her other songs — and the arrangement is very well done. 9/10
- Old Shit - This song is decent, but the harmonica in the background is more than a bit abrasive on the ears, and it doesn't really sound like a lot of effort was put into writing it. 7/10
- All That's Left (feat. The Time Jumpers) - This collaboration has some really excellent instrumental solos, and although it tackles a somewhat sad subject (saying goodbye to a potentially abusive spouse) the song makes it sound upbeat, and if someone were to pop it in and not listen to the lyrics, they could easily find themselves dancing. 10/10
- Gravity's a Bitch - This song uses the same sparse instrumentation as "Old Shit", but it's much less abrasive and seems to have more effort put into it. 8/10
- Babies Makin' Babies - Lambert displays wisdom in this track, which is written by the same writers of "Girls" and has the same sleek production. Lambert sounds like she can relate to the lyrics, however, despite not having written the song, and her vocal delivery is successful. 9/10
- Somethin' Bad - The second single from this album isn't one of my favorite songs on it, despite it being a duet with Carrie Underwood. The instrumentals and the combination of Lambert and Underwood's voice is a little abrasive, and it's just not a terribly creative song. 7/10
- Holding On to You - The next track is a relief, a soft ballad of a love song. The production mostly succeeds, except for the drum beats in the background, which seem somewhat intrusive and not fitting in the song. 9/10
- Two Rings Shy - The introduction of the song isn't entirely successful, giving a chaotic and overly loud sense. It may be supposed to be like that, but it doesn't make for a very pleasant listening experience. The chorus is also much too repetitive. 7/10
- Hard Staying Sober - Somehow, this song doesn't seem entirely complete, despite being over 4 minutes long. Perhaps it's due to the song's repetitive nature. Overall, it's pleasant to listen to, however, there is a feeling that something's missing. 8/10
- Another Sunday in the South - The closing track is cowritten by Lambert, Jessi Alexander (I Drive Your Truck, Miley Cyrus's The Climb) and Ashley Monroe, so it's no surprise that it's excellent. Lambert delivers the vocals very well and seems to relate to them, making a quite successful track. 10/10
Miranda Lambert's fifth studio album is aptly titled Platinum, a collection of sixteen songs highlighting her sassy, as well as her softer side. She isn't scared to show vulnerability in songs such as "Bathroom Sink" and "Hard Staying Sober", displays a confident attitude in "Platinum", "Little Red Wagon" and "Girls", and dishes out wisdom in songs such as "Babies Makin' Babies", and "Gravity's A Bitch". Overall, it's a quite smoothly arranged album that shows many facets of her personality, and longtime fans will not be disappointed.
Album Rating: 9/10
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