Jack Guy
Whitney Pastorek
April 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Album)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Miranda Lambert
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

Crisp-voiced Texan Miranda Lambert’s breakout single, 2005’s ”Kerosene,” gave her a homicidal rep that she embraces on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, her second CD. In ”Gunpowder & Lead,” she waits with a shotgun for her abusive man; the title track has her toting a pistol to confront her ex’s new flame. But fear not, gun-control advocates: The nonviolent side of small-town yearnings is here too (love the lazy back-roads hum of ”Desperation”). And even if her fiery temper’s not for everyone, she never stoops to teardrops-on-my-guitar banalities. A-

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