Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Miranda Lambert, "Baggage Claim"

You have to give Miranda props for originality.  I can honestly say I've never heard of a baggage claim used as a metaphor in a song before.  Unfortunately, just because something is original doesn't always mean that it works.

There are definitely plenty of things to like about Miranda's new single, the first from her upcoming new album Four the Record.  Miranda's vocal is rife with all her signature spunk and sass.  In a pleasantly sparse musical arrangement, acoustic strumming meets funky guitar riffs meets hand clap section, making for a single that is easy on the ears at the very least.

Unfortunately, while the toe taps along contentedly, the brain struggles to make sense of the lyrics that are coming out of Miranda's mouth.  The central metaphor strains to be clever, without success, while its drawn-out nature only compounds the weakness.  The song's overall concept is murky at best, while the central idea is only vaguely defined, such that even a catchy "Come and get it" hook can't quite pull it all together.  Sonically, it's entertaining; but lyrically, it's just confusing.

Despite its positive characteristics, "Baggage Claim" is a rare misfire from a usually consistent performer.  Here's hoping that "Baggage Claim" will prove to be only a slight stumble for Lambert, while her further upcoming releases (both as an solo artist and as a Pistol Annie) find her hitting her stride once again.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)