Miranda Lambert has premiered ‘Vice,’ her first single since her divorce from Blake Shelton. The country music superstar laments about heartbreak and regret in the down-tempo ballad. Not surprisingly, it’s getting quite a buzz. You can hear the full audio and get all the details as we know them.
This single is long awaited, in fact, arrives just about a year to the date after Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton announced their divorce after the fact. For his part, Shelton has already released an album, ‘If I’m Honest,’ which he acknowledges is rooted in personal experience, and many have noted some of the biting lyrics in ‘She’s Got a Way with Words’ (“She put the ex in sex / She put the low in blow” and so on).
Now it’s Miranda Lambert’s turn. While Blake Shelton has been having a public romance with Gwen Stefani, Lambert for her part has taken up with another music star as well, Anderson East.
But the song is, on a superficial reading, much about the past. She co-wrote it along with Nashville hit-makers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Naturally fans are mining the depths of meaning and searching for autobiographical clues in such lines as “Maybe I’m addicted to goodbyes.” As for the titular vices, there are just hints here and there of relationships gone awry; “Another bed I shouldn’t crawl / out of at 7 a.m. with shoes in my hand.”
And yes, a new album is on the way. She spoke with EW recently, saying she was “just hammering away.” Elaborating, she added, “I’m like, ‘Y’all, believe me, nobody wants new music more than me!’ I’m going on tour and want to be able to sing new stuff, but I’m taking my time and I want it to be right.”
Previously, she debuted an old song, ‘Scars’ — in concert — which her guitarist and longtime collaborator Scotty Wray wrote. She introduced it saying, in part, “I was never damaged enough to sing a song called ‘Scars.’ “It’s something you have to sell and really feel and really live and go through s–t, basically, to execute a song like that.”
But for now we have a glimpse of what a future album might sound like if she continues in this soul-bearing vein. You can hear the full audio of Miranda Lambert’s ‘Vice’ below.
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