It doesn't take long to garner the impression that Miss Lambert is one feisty Texan lass not to be messed with. Following up on her high octane debut - Kerosene - which hit the streets back in March 2005 and the top spot on the US country music charts, Lambert returns with an album that certainly doesn't pull any punches.
She opens with "Gunpowder And Lead", the tale of a vengeful girl whose abusive boyfriend is just about to make bail and she's heading home to load up her shotgun to 'show him what a little girls made of - gunpowder and lead'. Probably not going to be a huge hit with the anti-gun lobby but on musical terms this is a real scorcher and sets the scene for a very fine collection of songs, the majority of which are penned by Lambert, and are described by her as, 'talking about real things'. It's not all guns, drinkin' and fightin' though, and Miranda shows her sensitivity and growing maturity on moving ballads, "Desperation", "More Like Her" and "Easy From Now On", the latter track highlighting the influence of Emmylou Harris who previously made it her own.
Lambert obviously knows her country onions and breaths new life and heartfelt passion into the material here by Nashville writers like Patti Griffin, Gillian Welch and Carlene Carter. Her rising popularity, following an appearance as a finalist in 2003's *Nashville Star *television series, has been as explosive as the themes in much of her music. This latest instalment will do nothing to dampen Lambert's flame and, as she decrees in the title track, 'those pretty girls can play their game, but they're damn well gonna know my name!' She sure got that right.