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She may have finished third in the Nashville Star competition, but Miranda Lambert's major-label debut doesn't need media hype to make it noteworthy. Vocally, Lambert's almost a dead ringer for Dixie Chick and fellow Texan Natalie Maines, although she doesn't quite deliver the soulful, bluesy depth the more life experienced Natalie plumbs so effortlessly. Nevertheless, Lambert feels the lyrics she wrote or co-wrote all but one of the dozen songs here, which dwell at length on relationships gone sour, the attendant bruised feelings, and the determination to sculpt something positive out of the ashes. Maudlin as these themes might sound, the music driving them is rootsy ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
She may have finished third in the Nashville Star competition, but Miranda Lambert's major-label debut doesn't need media hype to make it noteworthy. Vocally, Lambert's almost a dead ringer for Dixie Chick and fellow Texan Natalie Maines, although she doesn't quite deliver the soulful, bluesy depth the more life experienced Natalie plumbs so effortlessly. Nevertheless, Lambert feels the lyrics she wrote or co-wrote all but one of the dozen songs here, which dwell at length on relationships gone sour, the attendant bruised feelings, and the determination to sculpt something positive out of the ashes. Maudlin as these themes might sound, the music driving them is rootsy and hard edged: snarling electric guitars, percussive acoustic guitar riffing, booming drums, swirling pedal steel flurries, rowdy banjo punctuations, and soaring background choruses. A savvy singer, Lambert employs her affecting southwestern twang to maximum visceral impact, as on the title song, a flammable, roadhouse-borne kiss-off to love its ownself. For sheer vocal pyrotechnics, she belts out "Bring Me Down" with a fury that nearly overwhelms the power ballad–like roar supporting her. Digging deeper on a florid ballad, the Texan divests herself of some tortured reflections of a failed marriage in "Greyhound Bound for Nowhere," then comes on as sassy as the young Loretta Lynn in shedding herself of a feckless lover in the classically styled honky-tonk burner, "I Can't Be Bothered." Nashville star? That's what she are.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's arguable that Miranda Lambert's debut album, Kerosene, is the first true Nashville product produced in the wake of Gretchen Wilson, crafted with an eye on the audience that Wilson's stylized redneck raunch won. Of course, with her golden blonde hair and good looks, Lambert seems like she would be crushed by the rampaging Gretchen, and there's a certain truth that Miranda is a bit fabricated and polished. After all, she started out as an actress, appearing in the long-shelved Piper Perabo teen comedy Slap Her She's French finally released under the lamentably tame title She Will Have Way, and only got a foothold in the music industry by participating in USA's countrified American Idol knockoff, Nashville Star, where she placed in the top three. All this suggests that Lambert will be as slickly packaged as, say, a Southern Diana DeGarmo, but pop music works in mysterious ways: as it turns out, Lambert wrote all of the tunes on her debut, whereas the seemingly more genuine Wilson only wrote about half. That said, Kerosene lacks the gonzo humor that Big & Rich brought to Here for the Party, and Lambert's sweet girlish voice seems too tame for some of the livelier material. But that's not to say that those tunes don't work as well as the gentler pop tunes the ballads tend to be a little treacly and nondescript, all of which are sturdily written, delivered with conviction, and given just enough gloss for an appealing sheen. Against all odds, this a rarity in modern mainstream country: a piece of product that's friendly, tuneful, sharper, and more genuine than it initially seems. Maybe Miranda needed a show like to Nashville Star to jump-start her career, but the show gave her the opportunity to make this thoroughly winning debut.
Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
[A] spunky set of honky-tonk, country-rock, and Sheryl Crow-style ballads. (B+)

[A] spunky set of honky-tonk, country-rock, and Sheryl Crow-style ballads. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969202623
  • Catalog Number: 92026

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miranda Lambert Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Richard Bennett Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
Natalie Hemby Background Vocals
Joey Huffman Keyboards
Jay Joyce Guitar
Buddy Miller Background Vocals
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Scruggs Guitar, Mandolin
Hank Singer Fiddle
Glenn Worf Bass
Mike Wrucke Banjo, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Mando Saenz Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim Hoke Contributor
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Scotty Wray Composer
Mike Wrucke Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer, Audio Production
Frank Liddell Producer, Audio Production
Deb Haus Art Direction, Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler Creative Producer
Miranda Lambert Composer
Travis Howard Composer
Rick Lambert Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great album

    A great album from a great artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    this cd is great. one of my favorite miranda cds. From me and charlie talking, her first single, to theres a wall. kerosene of course is great revenge done like miranda song, and i cant be bothered should have defintely been a top played country tune?? If you are already a miranda fan you won't be sorry. the is a very good cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love it!

    I really recomend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Miranda Lambert is not for everyone, but only those who like to love be loved. Only those who have been hurt, and have hurt others who have loved. Mirand Lambert will soon become a great independent star on her own, I believe in a very short time, man

    Miranda Lambert is an outstanding artist who understands Love, and shows her talent for showing us both how to love and be hurt, and how others have been hurt by our actions. This talent for expression is lacking in many artists today, but Miranda Lambert makes us understand how it feels to be on both sides of love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A terrific artist a terrific CD!!

    If you like traditional country music, you'll love Miranda Lambert. If you like contemporary country music, you'll love Miranda Lambert! What a great new artist...and songwriter and musician as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saw her on TV, Had to Have the CD

    I saw Miranda Lambert on Nashville Star and heard her sing and thought "I have to have her CD." Low and behold I see her in People Magazine and see her CD is out! I couldn't get to the store fast enough! Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kerosene Burns Brightyl

    Nashville’s newest starlet has arrived! Texas-born Miranda Lambert’s debut album, “Kerosene” arrived in stores on March 15th. For those who are unfamiliar with Lambert, she placed third out of an initial 800-plus on the USA Network’s first season of “Nashville Star” – a competition much like “American Idol,” but where the winner would receive a recording contract for a country music label. Arkansas’ Buddy Jewell won the first contract. The show is now televising its third season. For Miranda, “Kerosene” is the product of a dream which began over five years ago, when she was just 16, when she began singing and entering contests. During this time, she recorded a self-titled album independently. That release is no longer available due to her current contractual obligations. While tuning in to “Nashville Star,” I decided I wanted to support Miranda. I went to her website often, joined a fan forum on MSN which is now no longer in existence, and worked with some of her other fans to establish “Ran’s Reps” – her fan representation program, which now functions as a “street team.” It was a joy to help her get things going, and I have to admit that the birthday card she sent me is a reminder. I taped it to my wall. It reads, “I am so glad you are part of our fan “family”…” We are. She’s very vocal about her fan support, and her family – parents Rick and Bev, and brother Luke – are completely supportive of her career. I never hesitate to telephone them when I have an idea, want to check something out, or simply want to say hello or wish them a happy holiday. After her third-place finish, Lambert was determined to continue her career. She moved to Nashville and began working on what would become “Kerosene.” I purchased my copy on Easter Sunday and immediately brought it back to Curry. “Kerosene” is packed with 12 tracks, and the booklet inside includes lyrics and a page of “thank yous.” Reading through the booklet, I was reminded that like her father Rick, Miranda is also a songwriter. All but one song was at least partially written by her. The other was penned by fellow “Nashville Star” alum Travis Howard. Going through each song, I smiled. It was finally here. Though I had already heard “Me and Charlie Talking” and seen the video, I now had the other 11 songs as well. The title track exclaims “love’s givin’ up on me!” The second track, “What About Georgia?” comes off as if she’s urging a friend to return home. It’s not a tearjerker but very sentimental and yet powerful at the same time. Moving on to “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere,” I found the song that she had originally gotten my attention with during her appearances on “Nashville Star.” Though it has been slightly altered since then, I think the song is Lambert’s true dark horse – the one her diehard fans love, and the one that is bound to catch the attention of many new listeners. The next tune, “New Strings,” is an ode to her guitar – a Gibson, actually. In it, she lists off her possessions, paying special attention to her new set of guitar strings. Anyone who plays a guitar knows how important these are. “I Can’t Be Bothered,” the Travis Howard song, is a slow ballad about a past love the speaker doesn’t want to miss anymore. “Bring Me Down,” slowly becoming one of my favorites, was co-written by Lambert and Howard. , It’s another ballad about a lover, and how they brought the speaker down emotionally and in reputation. Upbeat and surprisingly titled, “I Wanna Die” isn’t what it seems it could be. It’s actually a tune laden with guitar riffs about wanting to “be the de

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