Smart, funny, independent, and sexy,
the soul of American country pop lives on
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don’t care for his voice either, though his songs are classics. That being said, Lambert’s side project – the trio of Pistol Annies – is vocally gorgeous.
The major pop theme of love, whether new, broken, mature, or everlasting, plays out in “Loved By A Workin’ Man,” “Unhappily Married,” “Trading One Heartbreak For Another,” and “I Hope You’re The End Of My Story,” but the songs that deal with just trying to survive the day – a major motif in country music – “Hush Hush,” “Blues, You’re A Buzzkill,” “Dear Sobriety” are even more poignant because they’re so initially clear-eyed. My favorite song, “Girls Like Us,” celebrates female friendship while acknowledging the drudgery that women still endure on a daily basis. It’s both an expiation and an anthem.