Mama's Broken Heart
Label: Rca Records Label Nashville
Loved for her sassy, rabble-rousing songs, Miranda Lambert tones things down a tad on album four. The standout here is slow song "Oklahoma Sky," where Lambert calls to a kindred spirit, her sweet voice cooing over a sparse acoustic guitar and gentle, shuffling beat. In contrast, "Fine Tune" processes her vocals through fuzzy effects that make the double-entendre-laced song sound even dirtier. Other highlights include "Safe," the insane finger-wagging "Mama's Broken Heart," the feisty kiss-off "Baggage Claim" and the heartbreaking "Better in the Long Run" -- sung with hubby Blake Shelton.