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"My songs talk about real things," says Miranda Lambert. "Things that I've been through or I've witnessed through my friends and family - even my parents' private investigation business. If I feel it, I can sing it and make anyone believe it." Big talk from a small-town Texas girl, but Lambert's got the goods to back it up. The old-school passion and power of her nearly platinum-selling 2005 debut KEROSENE took it to the top of both the country charts and the critics' polls. Now the two-time CMA Horizon Award nominee returns with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, on which she raises the stakes both musically and emotionally.
Miranda Lambert first exploded onto the scene as a finalist in the 2003 season of the NASHVILLE STAR television series. She didn't win - a result she has described as a blessing. "I was hoping not to win," she once said. "The winner had to go in right after the contest and make a record in a couple of weeks, and I wasn't ready." Instead, she got the best of both worlds - Columbia Nashville, which had right of first refusal on the show's performers - signed Lambert to a deal, but she had the time and opportunity to make the album that she really wanted to make. Her confidence and firepower were evident in KEROSENE: it debuted at Number One on the country charts (only the sixth time a new artist entered in at the top), and went on to earn Lambert nominations for the CMA's Horizon Award and the ACM's Top New Female Vocalist Award. It also earned her a Grammy nomination.
KEROSENE garnered critical praise from countless outlets and was named one of the best albums of the year by New York Times, Rolling Stone, Blender Magazine, itunes, Tennessean and many more. At the other end of the spectrum is "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," which - in the tradition of KEROSENE's breakthrough title song - presents Lambert as a woman you damn sure don't want to do wrong. "We had started a song called 'Favorite Ex-Girlfriend,' which was kind of a sweet song," she recalls. "And I said, you know, I hate this, it's not me - I don't do sweet songs." With a quick change of a single word, an unforgettable new kind of anthem was born. "Every song on this album is something I care about," she says. "Something I want to get across to people and you can hear that in my singing."