Miranda Lambert , "Revolution"
Miranda Lambert has grown up. The angry young woman who famously sang about setting kerosene fires and waiting with a loaded gun for her abusive beau has found love with new boyfriend Blake Shelton, and it's reflected on the diverse "Revolution." The song "Makin' Plans" speaks to putting down roots, while "Love Song" (co-written with Shelton and Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood) is just what the title implies. Meanwhile, the nostalgic "The House That Built Me" finds the singer revisiting her childhood home. But Lambert isn't all ruffles and lace. On Fred Eaglesmith's "Time to Get a Gun," she prepares to take full advantage of her right to bear arms, and "Maintain the Pain" is unapologetically more Clash than Cash. Among the highlights on the new set are Lambert's rocking twist on John Prine's "That's the Way the World Goes 'Round" and the retro-sounding "Me and Your Cigarettes." --Ken Tucker