Miranda Lambert – “Only Prettier”

Blake Boldt | July 6th, 2010

Miranda LambertSongwriters: Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby

Miranda Lambert’s “Only Prettier,” a witty commentary that inspects the toxic culture of gossip and girl talk, begins with a twisting guitar lick not unlike the one that introduced “Dry Town,” a Gillian Welch-David Rawlings gem she covered on her last album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Alas, the song quickly strays from that quirky opening. “Prettier,” with its noisy hillbilly grunge arrangement, describes a petty society where popularity is defined by how much you weigh and who you hang out with. Not one to seethe quietly in the corner, Lambert bellows, “Well, I’ve been saved by the grace of Southern charm.” In the next three minutes, you learn how much of a lie that really is.

Laying on her thick Texas twang, Lambert’s voice cuts through a thick fog of smoke and catty comments. The cleverness of her performance makes up for the clumsiness of the production. A cocky tease “If you wanna pick a fight” is followed by proof that maybe she’s giving up her volatile ways: “Then I’m gonna have to say ‘Good night’.”

As she mocks these small-town southern hypocrites and their Hallmark card greetings, she sounds just a tad jealous, too. Could this smart, cute blonde really make you believe that she feels unworthy because of their size-zeroes and social graces?

Yes, indeed. Lambert, amid the growing buzz surrounding her career, remains convincing as a country outlaw, and that’s a testament to her enormous talent. When she unleashes her us-against-them attitude, she sounds every bit like an outsider.

What makes “Prettier” so smart is that it owns up to the insecurities of young girls, including her own, while admitting how silly they really are. Lambert’s hard-earned lesson seems like a winning strategy for rising Nashville stars–“If you just smile and behave, you can always get your way“—but it’s also sound advice for the next time her friends brace for a collision with their barroom rivals.

Once again, Lambert has bent the iron-clad rules of radio to bring us sharp material like this. Bless her heart.

No, really.

Thumbs Up

1 Ping

  1. [...] Miranda Lambert – “Only Prettier” [...]
  1. Erik
    July 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Just like the rest of Revolution, the production ruins this for me.

  2. WAYNOE
    July 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

    One more “UP” rating and we will have, by my humble accounts, the same number of “UP & DOWN” rated singles for the year.

    The words are a bit hard to understand at times but the arrangement and melody is pleasantly different.

    Oh yes, you could actually hear a steel guitar in this song. Other acts, and mostly that is just what they are, acts, should take note of that.

  3. Tim
    July 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Fantastic choice for the third single. Best female in country music currently!

  4. Leah
    July 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I LOVE this song! It is sassy, fun and original-definitely something that is needed today on radio.

  5. Troy
    July 6, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m not really liking this song. Something with the lyrics isn’t clicking with me and the opening sounds annoying to me. Not as good as her last three singles. And I believe this is her fourth single off Revolution.

  6. WAYNOE
    July 6, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I do like the melody but the words are a bit difficult to understand at times. Maybe it’s the format I am listening on but does anyone else have a problem like this?

  7. Leeann Ward
    July 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I’ve seen a couple people say that this is the third song from Revolution, but it is, indeed, the fourth: “Dead Flowers”, “White Liar”, “The House that Built Me” and now this one.

    I like this song quite a bit, but Wayno’s right that the vocals are drowned out. Chris Neal tells us about that here:
    http://www.the9513.com/everything-louder-than-everything-else/

    Here’s hoping that Lambert switches engineers next time around, because a very good album is less good as a result of his work.

  8. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Big fan of this track, actually. Love the sarcasm and “attitude” showcased on this one, which really seems like the “real” Miranda to me. I could see her being bitter toward people like CU/KP/TS. Not saying she IS, I’m just saying that I could see it, IF she was.

  9. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Love the song. I’m ready for the video. Noeller, bitter? That’s ridiculous! Why would she be bitter, “IF she was?” I think I like this song better than “White Liar” but I haven’t decided just yet.

  10. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I really, really like “Me And Your Cigarettes.”

  11. Ben Foster
    July 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I’m starting to like this song, but that cacophonous production is going to take some getting used to! It’s so unfortunate that a great song like this doesn’t sound as good as it could have.

  12. Sheep
    July 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Love this song! I hope it goes to #1, it debuted at #45 on Billboard Hot Country Songs for this upcoming week.

    I agree that the production is a little much, but I still love the song. I can handle the loud production.

  13. richard
    July 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I like it, but I was really hoping for Sin For A Sin. A lot of people may take this new single the wrong but to clear something up. This is about really someone being just normal instead of who what others want you to be. I’m looking forward to the video because I have hear Laura Bell Bundy, Kellie Pickler, and Hillary Scott of Lady A will be in it.

  14. Nicolas
    July 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Pretty good choice for a single, although I think “Heart Like Mine” is better and would’ve preferred that a bit more

  15. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    @Michelle – – Y’know, I think MirLam is really hot, personally, but she’s also a bit “bigger” than the girls I mentioned, and I could see her being one of those girls that’s kinda bitter about it, y’know? I’m not saying she IS, I’m just saying that if someone told me she was, I’d believe it.

  16. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Noeller, KP isn’t thin, either.(oh gawd i shouldn’t have said that.) I would call them thick. Personally, I think Miranda’s the cutest even if she is thick(maybe it’s because i love her music?). Noeller, you’re such a trouble-maker!LOL!

  17. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Miranda being bitter, I totally disagree!

  18. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Hey – fair point, and you might be right. I don’t know her from a hole in the ground, so I really can’t say.

  19. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    If Miranda lost weight she would be risking her health.

  20. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Also, just to continue digging myself a shallow male chauvanist pig pit, I have always maintained that I don’t find TS attractive in the least because she’s just so skinny. She reminds me of Olive Oyl from the Popeye cartoons. CU, to me, was WAY hotter when she was 30lbs heavier on American Idol (she admitted that she had to drop 30 right after the show because she hated the way she looked, which is ridiculous!!) and now she’s just far too skinny. KP has a look that I love, and MirLam, as noted, is probably the hottest of all of them, to me. But I guess I like a little curve ;)

    Alright, I’m done with being a shallow pig, I swear!! :)

  21. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Noeller, that’s too funny, but I agree. Please attack Noeller not me. He’s the trouble maker!

  22. Erik
    July 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    While I’m all for women having a healthy weight (which Miranda is definitely at), she would not be risking her health by dropping ten pounds like Stormy suggests. It wouldn’t do her appearance any good, but it wouldn’t hurt her health either.

  23. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Being chronically 10-20 pounds underweight is actually worse for your long term health than being chronically 25-30 pounds over weight.

  24. Steve Harvey
    July 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    It’s not the production that hurts this song, it’s the mastering, which is shocking. In all other respects, I adore this track.
    Damn, she really knows her way around a lyric vocally.

  25. Drew
    July 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Lots of factors come into play, but I’d generally agree with that statement for women, as their body fat % is naturally higher. Also, it depends how you classify underweight, which is tricky, since the concept of BMI is so flimsy. Some people consider say, the models of Victoria’s Secret to be underweight, yet they’re some of the healthiest women in the world and are rigidly watched in regards to their diet/health. In general, being underweight is a much, much less visible problem than that of being overweight… for multiple reasons, namely our society’s lifestyle.

  26. Erik
    July 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I completely agree, Stormy. But Miranda would not be underweight if she dropped ten or even fifteen pounds; nor would she be overweight if she gained another five. A healthy weight is a pretty broad concept – there is room to move both ways before endangering your health.

  27. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    VS models are the perfect weight(imo). They aren’t too skinny. TS and Twiggy are too skinny! I think that was her name(Twiggy?).

  28. Chris N.
    July 6, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    The excessive loudness could be in the mastering (most likely) or it could be in the mix. One way or the other, I can’t stand to listen to it.

  29. PAT
    July 6, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve supported Miranda for five years, but By having these girls in her video its almost as if she has lost confidence in herself. She and her band have worked so hard to get where she is. I have’nt been a fan of Laura Bell Bundy, but she is getting more popular. Someone was thinking having her in the video would help with this song? She was a hit at Blake’s Fan Party and very cute when she came on stage with him at the B 93 Birthday Bash wearing his cameo clothes. He has continously tweeted how good her CD is since it was released. After going out and buying it I still don’t think her music comes close to Miranda’s. She does wear fewer clothes than Miranda, but Miranda is one of the prettiest girls in country music. Just ask the guys out there. She has the sexy look without trying.

  30. Thomas
    July 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    …the production is spot on if it was intended this way. another quite unusal sounding country song this year. keep ‘em coming.

  31. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Oh, so this song is about weight. Thanks, I was having a hard time deciphering that from the lyrics.

    What’s rather fascinating to me is that I use my left brain to get to my right brain…and so much of today’s music it seems you need to use your right brain to get to your left. For example, empathy is a very right brain characteristic…and it seems like in so much of today’s music you need to empathise with the artist as a person first, rather than the artist as a person has to give the listener a reason to empathise with them. So, just like in Miranda Lambert’s song “Dead Flowers”, that’s the reason the guy isn’t feeling anything (or at least not what Miranda is feeling in the song). The feeling is there before the thought takes place…and speaking for myself, I need the thought to take place before the feeling does. Which, I guess is the reason I have a hard time feeling for myself anything when listening to today’s music…let alone what somebody else is. The left brain is the objective side…the right side is the subjective side. I need to go from the objective to define the subjective…and it seems today, the subjective is defining the objective.

    Speaking in generalities, most men have specialized brains that favor one side of the brain over the other (for me it’s the left), while women in general have more balanced brains that don’t favor either side.

    To make a long story short…what I am trying to say is that much of today’s music and entertainment seems to be right brained dominant (from my own personal perspective)…and that is why I have a hard time feeling anything when it comes to today’s music and entertainment. You need to care about the artist as a person to empathise with their situation…rather than the person as an artist has to give the listener a reason to empathise with the artist singing (and relate it the the listeners own life). My brain don’t work that way, sorry. And that’s why the songs of today don’t come across as being honest and believable to me. They come across as just trying to manipulate an emotion out of the listener.

    As far as this song goes, Miranda gives me no reason to care in the first place, so I don’t feel anything. Just like the guy in the song “Dead Flowers”. In fact, the only way I can feel anything when listening to a song like “Dead Flowers” is if I turn the song around and make the dead flowers, the long string of lights, and the tires on the car a thought first to find my feelings…whereas in the song, Miranda uses them to describe her feelings to get to her thoughts. So the feeling is there before the thought takes place. And I need the thought to be there before the feeling does. And I think I explained a long time ago how the things Miranda is describing in the song start out as intangible to her (feelings), and then become tangible (thoughts). Whereas for the guy, they start out as tangible (thoughts) and then become intangible (feelings).

    Here’s an interesting link to show the difference between men and women. I disagree with the end of the article that men are more right brained than women just because more guys hunt, and hunting is a right brained activity. I think it’s because hunting is a specialized activity (rather than something everybody enjoys), and the thought of hunting starts out in the left brain for the guy, and then he feels he needs to, and that is right brained activity. I guess the best way to explain my viewpoint for me is to say that once guys think they need something then they feel they need it. While women on the other hand feel they need something and then they think they do (or they can actually do both). But if nothing else, this article shows why women are the smarter and stronger sex, and why the term women’s intuition came about. And I am posting this link because you can tie it into today’s music (and even this song)…at least I can. But for me, it helps explain why I have a hard time relating to today’s music on a personal level, and feeling anything for myself, let alone what the artist is feeling (and also why I believe today’s music is not timeless)…It starts out subjective (things personal to the artist) to get to the objective (things everybody can relate to)…and I need the objective (things everybody can relate to) to get to the subjective (things personal to the artist). And again, this is just my own interpretation of how I personally see and hear today’s music from my own perpective. The artists give me no reason to believe the song has anything to do with me personally (and I don’t know the artist personally), so why should I care what he or she is thinking or feeling?

    Here’s the link. At least it’s more entertaining for me to read than most of today’s entertainment, including this song. Which is probably why I turned the radio off a long time ago.

    http://www.members.shaw.ca/hidden-talents/brain/116-sexes.html

  32. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Most Victoria Secret Models–like all models–are incredibly unhealthy.

  33. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Phil: We get it–the song is by and about a woman so it is beneath your interest.

  34. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    But there is a way she can make me interested (and care)…and I just explained it. :)

  35. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Miranda Lambert hunts.

  36. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    In fact, most of the women I know hunt, including my 8 year old neice.

  37. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks Stormy…so do a lot of women. I was just saying that I didn’t agree with the link that I posted that men are more right brained just because they do hunt (which the link was trying to imply). In fact, I would argue the opposite.

  38. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    So you are basically taking what I said subjectively, but not taking the time to think about what I meant by it objectively.

  39. Rick
    July 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Gosh, you folks weren’t kidding about the crappy production choices made on this song! Talk about a “Wall of Noise” approach! I can’t even judge the merit of this song as I find its sonic presentation totally un-listenable. Just because most songs these days will wind up as MP3’s on portable players doesn’t mean that songs can get away with crappy sound quality to begin with. Sunny Sweeney should have been matched up with Keith Stegall, and now it seems Miranda would benefit from that as well…

    PS – The discussion on this thread on Miranda’s weight seems like something I’d expect from Alison Bonaguro….

  40. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Phil, that’s funny, because I’m not empathizing with Miranda when I listen to this song. I’ve never felt empathy for any singer when listening to their song. I guess I’m just a heartless *****!LOL!

  41. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Michelle…what I was trying to say is that today the artists are taking something that is univeral and making it personal to the person singing it…rather than taking something that is personal to the person as an artist singing and making it univeral to anybody listening.

    A good example would be Taylor Swift’s song “Fifteen”. Yes, everybody has been to High School and remembers that feeling…but the listener must relate to her personal experience of doing so in the song, rather than her relating her personal experience to the listener on a Universal level. It’s basically like reading somebody’s diary that you don’t know…and she gives the listener no reason to care to read it unless the listener knows her personally.

  42. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    That’s my interpretation of today’s music in a nutshell. The feeling is defining the thought rather than the thought is defining the feeling. Or rather, it is taking the subjective (things relateable only to the artist as a person) to get to the objective (things that are relateable on a Universal level), rather than the objective (things that are Universal to anybody listening) to get to the subjective (things that are relateable to the person as an artist). I need the thought to define the feeling…not the feeling to define the thought in order to relate to the artist on a personal level and make those feelings feel like they are my own and not somebody else’s. :) But how long have I been trying to explain this now?

  43. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm Permalink Thanks Stormy…so do a lot of women. I was just saying that I didn’t agree with the link that I posted that men are more right brained just because they do hunt (which the link was trying to imply). In fact, I would argue the opposite

    Well yes, that whole line of thought was dismissed as BS back in the 1950’s.
    The bottom line is that songwriters are required to write songs for you. Most of the rest of the people don’t have a problem relating to them.

  44. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Phil, we all know that the fans don’t really know the artists personally, so how do they have so many fans?

  45. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Oh boy, I think I’d better take an aspirin. I feel a headache comin’ on!

  46. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Michelle…I should have said care about them personally.

    And again, it is just my own personal interpretation of so much of today’s music. I guess it’s just a personal problem that I have and I’m trying to make it a universal one. LOL Sorry if you’re not relating to what I’m saying on a personal level.

    Anyway, in the end it’s the singer not the song. It’s all in the way the artist is able to interpret and connect with a song to make it believable to the listener. And that will be subjective to each listener whether he or she does so. Unfortunately, most of the artists of today don’t come across as believable and honest to me for the most part in their songs. So that’s my own problem…but I was trying to look at it from an objective standpoint to show why I personally don’t connect with so much of today’s music. Either way, it’s just my own preference of what I personally like and dislike. As the music and artists one likes will always be subjective to each individual person. :)

  47. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    If you are looking at songs from an OBJECTIVE standpoint you won’t connect to them.

  48. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    No Stormy, I was looking at why I don’t connect with the songs and the artists from an objective standpoint (or at least trying to show it in a way that anybody can relate to on a universal level, besides myself). :) Two very different things. But either way, it’s still subjective to me and the way that I interpret things from a personal standpoint. So, like I said, it’s all subjective to each person what he or she likes and dislikes, and how they think and feel about something (including music and the artists each person likes).

  49. Steve Harvey
    July 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Without wading too far into this body image debate that seems to be bubbling up, I should say I find Miranda Lambert a might attractive woman, and probably the most attractive of the current crop of country starlets.

  50. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I think Gary Allan is sooooo sexy. I like sexy guys more than just good lookin’ guys. It’s not so much that he’s great looking, but he is SEXY! Good looking is good but sexy is better. I know, I shouldn’t have.

  51. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Phil, maybe you just don’t like many songs today, because you’re still stuck in the past. I know a lot of people who only listen to 60s and some only 70s music, because they think the music “today” sucks.

  52. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Michelle…I think it’s pretty obvious that I don’t like the songs from today because I think too much. Unfortunately, today’s music doesn’t leave the listener too much to think about without having to feel it first from somebody else’s perspective.

    Anyway, I’m not too hard to please. They’re just going about trying to do so in the opposite order of how I personally think and feel. How many different ways do I need to try to explain myself? LOL

    It’s like the Taylor Swift song “You’re Not Sorry”. She’s right, “I’m Not Sorry” because she gives me no reason to believe that I have anything to be sorry about, let alone that the song has anything to do with me, so why should I care? And guess what, it’s all because of the way that it is written. Give me a reason to think I should be sorry about something and then I will truly feel that I am. Don’t tell me to feel like I should be sorry about something and expect me to think that I should be.

  53. Michelle
    July 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Not too hard to please? That WAS a joke wasn’t it?

  54. Steve Harvey
    July 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I’m not sure how Gary Allan entered this discussion, but I’d say his sexiness is pretty self-evident, even to a hetero such as myself, and surely cannot be in question.

  55. Troy
    July 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    @Stormy about the weight issue with victoria seceret models or Taylor Swift if they are that their set weight than they aren’t being unhealthy by being that weight. Their bodies are using Homeostatsis just like how the body keeps a certain temperture. If thats their set weight then they aren’t being unhealthy. Like Taylor she is skinny but she isn’t on a strict diet or if on one at all that is how her body naturally is. Its not as easy to determine if the person is right weight by saying the person is this tall they should be this weight.

  56. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    It doesn’t matter why you are underweight.

  57. Stormy
    July 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Phil: Maybe you don’t think enough. I have come up with entire short stories inspired by contemporary songs.

  58. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Stormy…Let me think about that for a second. Hmmmm. I’d love to read them, but you give me no reason to believe or feel that I need to or that I should. So I’ll pass.

    And Michelle, I wasn’t joking. :)

  59. Troy
    July 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    @Stormy but if that how your natural body weights stays at it not being underweight. This is like bio and psych 101.

  60. Noeller
    July 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I was stunned when I checked back in and saw that we were up to 57 comments on this article. Yikes!! This got interesting in a hurry – reckon I smacked a hornets nest on this one!! :)

  61. Jon
    July 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I have come up with entire short stories inspired by contemporary songs.

    Wow.

  62. Troy
    July 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    @Phil and Stormy i didn’t read the article but there is a theory about the brain which wouldn’t be talking about present time so it wouldn’t matter if Miranda or an 8 year old neice hunts. The theory is through natural selection when man were primarlly hunters and female were more gathers/child bearers. And through natural selection there was more chance of a guy to reproduce being able to provide than if he couldn’t making it so that brains and pysical features were more geared towards hunting for men which partly expalins the guys use their right brain more.

  63. Phil
    July 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    @Troy…I will agree with that. But I need to use my left brain in order to get to my right brain. And unfortunately, I need something that makes me think objectively in order to do so. And too much of today’s music seems to be too subjective so it doesn’t allow me to get to my right brain…in other words, give me something tangible to inspire my left brain and I’ll make something intangible out of it with my right brain. Don’t give me something intangible to my right brain and expect me to make some tangible out of it with my left brain. I hope that makes sense. So maybe I am right brained…I just need something objective to inspire my left brain to tell my right brain what I should do with it. It makes sense to me.

  64. Troy
    July 6, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    @Phil but the brains are connected and thing amount on side of the brain being more dominant has to do more with where information is stored in the brain not that for man that everything goes to the left brain first and then to the right brain.

  65. Bobby P.
    July 6, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Wow, a Miranda review that isn’t just heaping praise on her, and that actually ackowledges a flaw in the song.

  66. Steve Harvey
    July 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Don’t start me taaaaaaaaaalking
    I could talk all niiiiiiiight…

  67. John
    July 7, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Stormy,

    Stop being a Miranda Lambert lapdog! First, she is overweight and Miranda has admitted needing to lose weight in recent interviews. It is not like she is seriously obese but she does need to be careful. Serious obesity always starts with being 25 or 30 pounds heavy and then leads to bigger problems. Maybe you are overweight and have issues on this subject.

    Miranda is only 26 so if she’s having weight problems now imagine her problems in her thirties and forties or after having kids. She needs to start developing healthier eating habits while she is young.

    I also love when artists are overweight their fans start ripping on people that are in perfect shape. Obviously, Carrie Underwood is in great physical condition. I’ve read that she is a vegetarian and very healthy eater who also works out a few times a week. I’m sure Miranda wishes she could be in such shape and hopefully Carrie will inspire her to lead a healthier life.

  68. Trish
    July 7, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I was just thinking that Miranda reminds me a lot of Kelly Clarkson. They are both successful singers and younger but having problems controlling their weight.

    I don’t think it is a negative for either Miranda or Kelly that people focus on them being so heavy. This kind of talk normally leads to singers starting to diet and exercise so they do look better in public. It might hurt them y=to hear but in the end it is for the better!

  69. WAYNOE
    July 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Read Randy Houser’s comment on this website. Explains everything.

  70. Noeller
    July 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

    that’s a great comparison, actually (MirLam – – Clarkson)and I agree. Both have trouble controlling their weight and neither is in great shape, though both are gorgeous!!

  71. countryred
    July 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

    you would never hear these kind of compliments (about weight, etc) if this were a male country artist. this is bull.

  72. Nicolas
    July 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Miranda Lambert is soooo not overweight

  73. Chris N.
    July 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Here’s all I want to say:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY84MRnxVzo

  74. WAYNOE
    July 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Chris,

    Wow, you really know how to add to an intelligent discussion. Crawl back in to the juvenile hole you crawled out of.

  75. Noeller
    July 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Ha! Chris N, that’s awesome dude. Again, there’s no question MirLam is overweight, but she’s still SMOKIN’ hot!! Gotta love a girl with curves!! :)

  76. Jon
    July 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’m wondering how so many folks here have gotten access to Miranda Lambert’s bathroom scale so that they can speak knowledgeably about whether she’s underweight, overweight, just right or whatever. Sheesh.

  77. Kelly
    July 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Chris N – I appreciate you providing the “best quality” video. It’s the little things, ya know?

  78. Brian
    July 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    the comment count goes up when Stormy starts bringing the stupid.

  79. Michelle
    July 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Miranda looks great just the way she is. An artists weight has nothing to do with how talented they are. This girl is talented! That’s all that matters to me. She’s like a fine wine, she keeps getting better with age. The first time I heard Miranda, I was walking through my living room and heard her singing “Me And Charlie Talking.” I had to sit down and listen, I thought to myself,”Wow, who’s this girl, she sounds different” and I liked it. I also thought to myself,”She’s going to be a big hit.” I’m still surprised that it took so long for her to get any recognition. Well, I guess I shouldn’t be. I think “Only Prettier” is a great song and I hope it does really well. Miranda, you don’t need to change a thing, just keep ‘em comin’!

  80. Leah
    July 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Is this a blog about her song? Wow has it gone off track. Anyway, the song is great. Has sayings us southern girls have said for years. My friends and I love it. Also a cute idea to have a few of her girlfriends in the video w/ her. It is the perfect song for that!

  81. nm
    July 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Jon, really, you wonder? I think Countryred explained it just fine: ladybodies exist for people to look at and talk about. I mean, it’s not like they’re attached to real people or anything.

  82. Stormy
    July 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    See, this is exactly why teenage girls are so screwed up. You put two women in the public eye who actually weigh what they should without destroying their health and everyone calls them fat.

    Waynoe: Actually, that song isn’t nearly as bad as you might think. It does contain the lines:
    To the beanpole dames in the magazines:
    You ain’t it, Miss Thing!
    Give me a sister, I can’t resist her
    Red beans and rice didn’t miss her
    and
    So Cosmo says you’re fat
    Well I ain’t down with that!
    And:
    So I’m lookin’ at rock videos
    Knock-kneeded bimbos walkin’ like hoes
    You can have them bimbos
    I’ll keep my women like Flo Jo

    http://www.kshof.net/si/flojo88.jpg

  83. Jon
    July 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, teenaged girls are all screwed up. I had no idea.

    @NM I suppose. I just want to underline that “both sides” of the discussion – call ‘em the Noeller side and the Stormy side – appear to feel comfortable discussing ladybodies without much in the way of a factual basis. I don’t think either of them is actually privy to Miranda Lambert’s weight, and I know (since they’ve come up before) that Stormy’s ideas about what constitute healthy or unhealthy weights don’t have much in the way of medical support.

    Me, I think the whole subject is pretty pointless, and the relentless focus on it pretty disturbing.

  84. Stormy
    July 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Stormy’s ideas about what constitute healthy or unhealthy weights don’t have much in the way of medical support.

    Just the most comprehensive study of weight ever done.

  85. Troy
    July 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    @Stormy actually no most doctors, health nutritionist, biology experts would say they aren’t risking their health. Most go by set weight and also a lot of altheles don’t make the size that you deem as healthy and by them being athlete their not being unhealthy.

  86. Brian
    July 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Stormy thinks he is a doctor along with being a poor commentator.

  87. Leeann Ward
    July 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    If you know so much about Stormy, you’d know that she’s a female.

  88. Leeann Ward
    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    And I’m with Jon on this one. What a ridiculous discussion.

  89. Matt Bjorke
    July 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    It is ridiculous as weight isn’t what’s really important about health: fat percentages of individual bodies is what matters. Somebody can be 300 pounds and healthy with a low body fat %.

  90. Stormy
    July 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Troy: Most female gymnasts have lasting bone and growth problems due to their diet. Being an athlete isn’t the same thing as being healthy.

    Matt: But what is a little scary is that we have to probably high school aged people here who don’t know what a healthy weight looks like.

  91. Brian
    July 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Leeann: Yeah because I can see a person’s individual sex over the Internet. I was using a general “he. ” Still doesn’t change my initial point- just sub “she” for “he”

    Stormy knows very little about how the human body works- they are proving that. And it doesn’t matter what sex they are- stupid knows no gender.

  92. Troy
    July 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    @Stormy wrong on to parts on this one stormy. The reason that their growth is stunn in gymnastics isn’t because of the diet its because of the training and having a higher muscle ratio. And second studies have shown that gymnasts once they stop competeting usually end up beating non athletes in bone acquision. And finnaly thank you Matt for bring in some logic.

  93. Troy
    July 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    two parts*

  94. Noah Eaton
    July 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    The fact this single discussion has digressed heavily toward the body-image debate underscores the head-shaking reality that, in this culture, we are held hostage by visual stimuli we struggle to deconstruct and make sense of, and it especially rings true when it comes to the ever-prominent body image polarities, as reflected in our traditional media.

    The reason why the United States of America leads all industrialized countries worldwide in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, above all else, is because we live in a high-context culture that is all about instant gratification, which often betrays our true biological needs and sustainability instincts. But it’s just as important to remember, even as we have a national overweight/obesity population at near 75%, that we also have a growing underweight/anorexic population among the remaining quarter of Americans, and much of it has to do with the exact same problem………instant gratification trumping long-term sustenance, through laxative and dietary supplement abuse, as well as the fact that a growing number of Americans who don’t want to consume highly-processed food, but nonetheless have few options for nourishment, are consequently thinning away significantly.

    The key to beginning to managing an ideal weight, firstly, is to realize all this visual stimuli for what it truly is………marketing hysteria………and to reject it. If we’re ever going to expect to ever have an honest conversation about weight management and what constitutes “an ideal weight” or “a healthy weight”, we need to accept we live in a nation of extremes as far as body image is concerned, and neither extreme is any less favorable or unfavorable than the other.

  95. Brian
    July 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    And the underlying fact in all this is- Miranda is not overweight or “fat” by any stretch of the imagination.

  96. Troy
    July 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Miranda isn’t fat just like Taylor Swift and Victoria seceret models for the most part aren’t under weight/too skinny

  97. Felipe
    July 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Wow, is Miranda becoming Carrie? At least the number of comments tell us so…

  98. Julia C H
    July 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I am sorry, but whoever arrived at the conclusion that Miranda Lambert is overweight was driven to that destination via insane troll logic.

  99. Michelle
    July 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t think Taylor is unhealthy. She’s naturally thin. I can, usually, tell by looking at the face if they are unhealthy(bulemic or anorexic). It doesn’t matter how much make-up they put on. Troy, I agree, Miranda isn’t overweight!

  100. Leeann Ward
    July 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Brian,
    I’m sorry, I was rude. I blame the heat.

  101. richard
    July 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I’m glad Miranda doesn’t starve herself like them hollywood types. I thought Miranda was a country singer NOT a hollywood actress.

  102. Stormy
    July 8, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Felipe
    July 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm Permalink Wow, is Miranda becoming Carrie? At least the number of comments tell us so…

    Miranda couldn’t become Carrie if you filled her ass with fireworks.

    Julia C H
    July 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm Permalink I am sorry, but whoever arrived at the conclusion that Miranda Lambert is overweight was driven to that destination via insane troll logic.
    Or a culture which fires size 2 models for being too fat.

  103. K
    July 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I think the focus on weight and image in this industry is disgusting. Miranda is healthy, and appears secure with herself and her body. I can’t imagine the presure she (and other women in entertainment) face to conform everyday.

    Miranda has made it clear she has no interest in being a size two; just because she isn’t doesn’t mean she’s overweight. Only Miranda knows her lifestyle- we don’t, and shouldn’t judge her based on assumptions.

    There are many other factors that go into overall health other than body weight or physical appearance. A lot of people look strange with too little weight on them- Miranda isn’t built to be a twig.

    As for the single, I love it, funky production and all. The lyrics are sharp, and although it’s in the same vein lyrically as many of her singles, but it’s snarky in a more subdued way. I think the production is different, refreshing from everything else on the radio. I think Miranda is the only current female in country music that could get away with a song like this- and she handels the task like a pro.

    I will admit I was one of the people who questioned Miranda’s critical hype before I bought “Revolution.” I can confidently say I dont feel that way anymore. I think this song will be a huge hit for Miranda, and I hope I’m right.

  104. nm
    July 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

    @NM I suppose. I just want to underline that “both sides” of the discussion – call ‘em the Noeller side and the Stormy side – appear to feel comfortable discussing ladybodies without much in the way of a factual basis.

    Oh, silly Jon. It’s not necessary to have a factual basis for talking about Miranda Lambert’s body, because she’s female. If she didn’t want to be talked about this way she should have been a guy.

  105. WAYNOE
    July 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

    How about getting back to what is more interesting to discuss and leaving this trivial discussion about weight?

    Let’s get back to arguing the viability of music critics, some of whom have just started listening to country music and somehow anoint themselves as all-knowing.

    Or we can debate melodies and lyrics. You do know the difference don’t you?

    Or maybe we can ask why this website was one of the few that had no feature articles on the 4th of July? God forbid that we would actually be patriotic. Oops. Sorry that I actually mentioned God on this website.

    Ah. Now we are back to normal.

  106. Trish
    July 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I like Miranda but it is a mistake to say she is not fat. Miranda herself has said in recent interviews that she really needs to lose some weight. Hopefully her upcoming wedding to Blake will give her some motivation.

    By the way, nobody is saying Miranda has to get skinny but being overweight and having a high body fat percentage is not healthy. I think just about every doctor would agree. The fear I have for Miranda is if she is having weight problems in her mid twenties it is only going to get much worse in her thirties and forties or when she starts having kids.

    As a fan of Miranda I want her to address better eating and exercise habits now when it is much easier to change your lifestyle!

  107. WAYNOE
    July 8, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Trish,

    Please read aforementioned post.

  108. Melvin
    July 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    You’ve gotta be kidding me. This, by far, is the worst song of Miranda Lambert’s career. Funny how radio wouldn’t play her good stuff and now they’re rushing to play her crappy stuff. That’s Nashville for you!

  109. John
    July 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    If I was Patty Loveless, I would sue Miranda Lambert for blatantly stealing the riff from “Blame It On Your Heart” in this song.

    You could easily plug in the words “someone’s gonna do you like you done me honey” while you’re singing along.

    Of course the 9513 likes it, since we heard it 17 years ago from Patty.

  110. Michelle
    July 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Trish, so you’re a fan of Miranda Lambert and concerned for her well-being, right? Well, I’m convinced, fer sure! Blake must not be into females he can pick his teeth with.

  111. Trish
    July 9, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Michelle, have you seen Blake’s previous wife? If you have then I wouldn’t judge a woman’s beauty by Blake’s standards!

  112. PAT
    July 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Trish, I’m also a fan of Miranda’s…have been since Nashville Star. Speaking of Miranda’s up coming wedding, if she happens to not get motivated do you plan on returning the invitation WITH REGRETS?!

  113. Michelle
    July 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Trish, it doesn’t matter to me what Miranda OR Blakes ex looks like. It doesn’t change the fact that I like her music. It’s just that simple.

  114. Trish
    July 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Pat, Guess what – neither you or I are getting an invite so your question is meaningless.

    Michelle,you were on that made comment that Blake doesn’t like women he can pick his teeth with and my response question to you is are you sure about that and have you seen his first wife?

  115. Michelle
    July 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    My answer to you was “I DON’T CARE!”

  116. Michelle
    July 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Trish, I FINALLY found wedding pics of theirs. I don’t consider her overweight, but she’s not skinny either. She looks good judging by the wedding pics.

  117. Jennifer
    July 13, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I was curious with all this talk about Blake’s first wife and quite frankly I was shocked! What the hell was he thinking? Miranda Lambert could weight 200 pounds and she’d be better looking than Blake’s first wife.

  118. Thomas
    July 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    …this message was sponsored by the fast-food industry.

  119. Kyle
    July 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t understand this song. I mean, I get that it’s making fun of southern belles and the hypocrisy and all that fun stuff, but I don’t really get how. Seems confusingly done to me.

    Who is she supposed to represent (the “we”) and who is the person she’s addressing supposed to represent (the “you”)?

  120. Stormy
    July 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    We are the hard drinking, potty mouthed girls who actually eat three whole times a day and use their copy of The Rules to prop open a door and who realize that if life doesn’t also give them sugar and water their lemonade is going to suck. They are the wine cooler girls who diet obsessively, say things like Holy Schniekes, read and believe in things like The Rules and The Secret and actually believe that if life gives you lemons you can make lemonade.

  121. Kyle
    July 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    That’s what I figured, but…

    “Well I’ve been saved by the grace of Southern charm
    I got a mouth like a sailor and yours’ is more like a Hallmark card
    If you wanna pick a fight, Well I’m gonna have to say goodnight
    I don’t have to be hateful, I can just say Bless your heart”

    Isn’t line two directly contradictory to the following two lines?

  122. Stormy
    July 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    The fourth line is a mockery of the charm in the first line, and I took the second line to mean she’s not worth the effort.

  123. Kyle
    July 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    But I thought she had a mouth like a sailor? It’s the kind of girl she’s talking to that says “bless your heart” instead of “go to hell”, not her.

    My problem with this song is that she shifts between roles. It’s kind of like a mixed metaphor. If she’d either stuck with being the drinking/cursing girl or being the “bless your heart” southern belle stereotype, I think it would be a more focused song.

  124. Stormy
    July 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Its not that she is shifting between roles, its that she is taking on the other role as sort of a joke/experiment. That’s why the Bless You Heart comes off as akward, because its a poor fit on the wrong girl.

  125. yoli
    July 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I could not hear the words she was singing, but it did have a catchy sound, can’t wait for the video.

  126. Kyle
    July 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

    If that’s the case, that’s a lot to ask the listener to infer. In any case, there shouldn’t be that much abiguity in a country song. I think this would have been a better song if she had taken on the persona of the girl she’s making fun of the whole time… as it is, it’s confusing at times who exactly she’s pretending to be and who she’s making fun of.

  127. Stormy
    July 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I think it might be easier to get if you’re a woman.

  128. Phil
    July 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Stormy said “I think it might be easier to get if you’re a woman.”

    Thank God I’m not then. :)

  129. Michelle
    July 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Then you might have to put that right side of your brain to work, huh?! Plus, you’d be one confused lady!

  130. Stormy
    July 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Phil: The thing is, we deal with these dichodomidies and contradictions every day.

  131. Phil
    July 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Stormy: The thing is, I don’t care. And this song gives me no reason to either.

  132. Jon
    July 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I love it when Stormy speaks on behalf of womankind.

  133. Michelle
    July 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hmm, I took two left brain vs right brain tests. One test said, whichever number’s higher represents your dominance, but if the numbers are close then you use your brain equally. Mine weren’t close but equal. The other test asked my name first and the results were 60% right 40% left. Guess I should have said my name was BOB!

  134. Stormy
    July 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Jon: Pick up an issue of Cosmo sometime. You to will be able to figure out how to be strong and independent so you don’t need a man, then how to starve yourself thin and buy super cute clothes so men aren’t scared off by your independence. It truely amazing.

  135. Phil
    July 20, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Stormy forgot to throw in…and then you can blame guys for all your problems. But I just need to turn on the radio to figure that out.

    Oh, and Michelle…I took one test and my score was like 82 % left and 10 % right (I guess the other 8 % is in the middle). But the brain test only reveals what part of your brain you use to make your decisions (the left side is objective, takes parts, analytical, likes sequences, real things. The right side is subjective, random, wholistic, unreal). My theory is that I go from the left side to the right side with my thoughts. I am very good at taking something tangible and making something intangible out of it…but I am not good at taking something intangible and making something tangible out of it. Probably why I don’t like today’s music. I go from the objective to the subjective…and today’s music goes from the subjective to the objective (basically like gossip and small talk I suppose). That is my perception of it anyway. But what do I know?

  136. Michelle
    July 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Ol’ Bob scored 58% left and 41% right(1% in middle?). Right brain is random, looks at wholes subjective(of course), and is intuitive.

  137. Chris
    September 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Miranda,

    Take the stairs sometimes instead of shoving another hambuger into your mouth. Being overweight is nothing to celebrate.

    99% of this country is overweight due to sheer laziness and no self control. (1% has poor genes and it’s out of their control no matter how hard they work out). If you want to be a healthy weight, you have to work for it. If you don’t work hard to be healthy, then you’re going to be overweight. It’s that simple.

    Yes, this song is really stupid.

  138. Stormy
    September 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Miranda is healthy. Its the Taylors and Faith’s of this world wrecking their health.

  139. Erik
    September 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Oh my God, Stormy. Taylor and Faith are not anorexic, nor are they too skinny. They look healthy, and nothing at all points to the contrary. Miranda Lambert also seems to be a healthy woman; do people not get that a “healthy weight” is very individual and that it isn’t a narrow definition? Miranda could gain twenty pounds and probably still be healthy, but she could also lose twenty and STILL BE HEALTHY.

  140. Michelle
    September 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Miranda is an awesome artist regardless of how thick or thin she is so it really doesn’t matter. She has NINE nominations to prove how freakin’ awesome she is. So deal with it!

  141. Stormy
    September 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Miranda could gain twenty pounds and probably still be healthy, but she could also lose twenty and STILL BE HEALTHY.

    If she lost 20 pounds she would be risking her health.

    Being as little as 20 pounds underweight is worse for your health than being 20 pounds over weight, regardless of why you are underweight.

  142. Mike Parker
    September 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Not sure how or if this factors in, but she seems to be having a lot more fun out there than most of her counterparts. Whatever she’s doing, I hope she keeps doing it.

  143. Jon
    September 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Once again, I’m curious to know why folks like Stormy think they know what Miranda Lambert’s weight is or should be. Some kind of creepy stalker thing going on, or just idle babble?

  144. Michelle
    September 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    No, just IDOL babble.

  145. Dale
    September 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Michelle, whether it’s 1 or 9 nominations, it doesn’t prove you’re an awesome artist. These awards shows are all politics. Taylor can’t sing worth a note and she won everything last year. It doesn’t mean she’s awesome.

    The industry loved Johnny and June. They wanted Tim and Faith to be the next Johnny and June. And now they want Blake and Miranda to be the next Tim and Faith. That’s why Blake and Miranda cleaned up on all the awards this year. I think everyone knows that Blake and Miranda are no Johnny and June. They’re not even in the same ballpark as Tim and Faith.

    Awards shows are nothing more than popularity contests. It’s funny that Miranda Lambert is trying to pull off a song like Only Prettier, when, in reality, she’s the Pretty, Annointed one this year. Everyone else should be singing the song back at her.

  146. WAYNOE
    September 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Dale,

    You are amazingly correct in your assertions. As a side note, I am not a McGraw & Hill fan.

    Of all the awards, the CMA’s are the cream of the crap!

  147. VoiceOfReason
    November 13, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Well Maranda doll the break out album you’ve been waiting for is here you did it good job! You hit gold at the CMA awards you and your soon to be husband. Hell I was pulling for you I dig the album “House that built me” fan-friggin-tastic I bet when you first heard that song from the song writer you bout wet your smexy pants uh. Anyway 2010 has been good to you you deserve it lady.

  148. laura lee
    December 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    umm no she isnt dissing people who are skinny, its the girls who starve themselves and think that they have to be a beanpole to be attractive. and i love her sense of humor and as you can tell shes a very confident woman ; so just because you cant have what she has doesnt mean you should hate on it.

  149. allison
    March 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Miranda should stop hating on thin girls. America has an inordinately high rate of obesity – it’s scary! 100 lbs and 5’3″ is healthy.

  150. allison
    March 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    PS Miranda is not pretty in my opinion. :) She’s average, nothing special. But her lyrics make her sound rude and judgmental – and that’s ugly.

  151. Jennifer
    March 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    agree with kyle and chris (not chris n)!
    stormy – you’re nuts to say Faith and Taylor are too thin.

Tagged In This Article

Current Discussion

  • Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
  • Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
  • Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
  • nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
  • Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
  • Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
  • Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
  • Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
  • Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
  • Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • walkerandthetexasdangers3
  • deadmanstown
  • tom t hall storytellers
  • paulthorntooblessed
  • duhksbeyondtheblue
  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton