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Four the Record is the fourth studio album by American country music recording artist Miranda Lambert, released on November 1, 2011, by RCA Records Nashville. This is her first release under RCA Nashville after a cooperate reconstructing at Sony Music Nashville. It was well received by critics and sold over one million copies in the United States. The album's first single, "Baggage Claim," became Lambert's highest chart-debuting single at number 33 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs.[1] A deluxe edition of the album was also released, which included a bonus song and a DVD.[2]

Background

Lambert announced in July 2011 that her fourth studio album, Four the Record, would be released on November 1, 2011.[3] A month later, Sony Music Nashville announced that Lambert and labelmate Josh Thompson would transfer to RCA Nashville as part of a corporate restructuring.[4] Lambert wrote or co-wrote six of the album's tracks.[5] Included on the album is a duet with Blake Shelton titled "Better in the Long Run.",[5] and a cover of "Look At Miss Ohio," which was originally recorded by its writer, Gillian Welch, on her 2003 album Soul Journey.

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[6]
American Songwriter4.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[7]
The A.V. ClubB+[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[9]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars11px11px11px[10]
MSN MusicA–[11]
PopMatters6/10[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[13]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[14]
Spin7/10[15]

Four the Record was released by Sony Music on November 1, 2011, and received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 83, based on 12 reviews.[16] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic believed Lambert was able to expand stylistically by relying more on other songwriters for the record: "She's digging deeper than ever before and finding considerable riches."[6] In Country Weekly, Ken Tucker deemed it her best album so far and hailed Lambert as a matured "interpreter of songs, whether she's written them or not",[17] while Genevieve Koski from The A.V. Club felt it showcased some of her most intriguing songs yet, proving "her willingness to color outside the lines of country-music convention goes beyond lyrical statements of bad-assitude."[8] Entertainment Weekly critic Mikael Wood said she explored a variety of human emotions and moods on the record, which he called her "most vivid effort yet, with brilliantly observed songs about lust ('Fine Tune') and disappointment ('Same Old You'), as well as a stirring celebration of diversity ('All Kinds of Kinds')."[9]

In a less enthusiastic review for MSN Music, Robert Christgau called Four the Record a "basic quality country album" highlighted by the harder opening songs before delving into trite ballads catering to the housewife demographic, such as "Dear Diamond", "Oklahoma Sky", and "Better in the Long Run".[11] Spin magazine's Theon Weber lamented most of the lyrics, which he found "flat, even when they're Lambert's",[15] while Jon Caramanica of The New York Times viewed it as a foray into alternative country featuring some of her least inspired singing and songwriting.[18]

In the first week Four the Record was released, it sold 133,000 copies in the United States and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, making it the highest-charting album of Lambert's career.[19] It also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums.[20] The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on January 10, 2014,[21] and by September of that year, it had sold 1,014,000 copies in the US.[22]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All Kinds of Kinds"Phillip Coleman, Don Henry4:26
2."Fine Tune"Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird4:39
3."Fastest Girl in Town"Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley3:17
4."Safe"Lambert4:46
5."Mama's Broken Heart"Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves2:59
6."Dear Diamond" (with Patty Loveless)Lambert3:49
7."Same Old You"Brandi Carlile3:05
8."Baggage Claim"Lambert, Hemby, Laird3:18
9."Easy Living"Lambert, Scotty Wray2:45
10."Over You"Lambert, Blake Shelton4:13
11."Look at Miss Ohio"David Rawlings, Gillian Welch4:18
12."Better in the Long Run" (with Blake Shelton)Charles Kelley, Ashley Monroe, Gordie Sampson3:34
13."Nobody's Fool"Chris Stapleton3:43
14."Oklahoma Sky"Allison Moorer4:46

Personnel

Credits are adapted from AllMusic.[23]

Musicians

Production

  • Chuck Ainlay – engineering, mixing, producer
  • Enzo Angileri – hair stylist
  • Judy Forde-Blair – creative producer, liner notes
  • Steven Christensen – vocal recording
  • Tammie Harris Cleek – imaging, photo production
  • Martin Feveyear – vocal recording
  • Tracy Baskette-Fleaner – creative director, design
  • Tiffany Gifford – stylist
  • Emory Gordy, Jr. – vocal recording
  • Brittany Hamlin – production cordination
  • Ryan Krieg – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Frank Liddell – producer
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Mylah Morales – make-up
  • Randee St. Nicholas – photography
  • Lisa Ramsey-Perkins – A&R
  • Brandon Schexnayder – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • James Towler – engineering
  • Stewart Whitmore – digital editing
  • Glenn Worf – producer

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Country Albums Chart[24] 11
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 12
UK Country Albums Chart[25] 5
US Billboard 200[20] 3
US Billboard Top Country Albums[20] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2011) Position
US Billboard 200[26] 172
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[27] 40
Chart (2012) Position
US Billboard 200 47[28]
US Billboard Country Albums 14[28]
Chart (2013) Position
US Billboard 200 97[29]
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[30] 24


References

  1. "Lambert claims person record". Country Standard Time. August 9, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  2. "Miranda Lambert To Release Limited Deluxe Edition Of Upcoming Album". All Access. September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  3. "Miranda Lambert's New Album". Whatis11111.com. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  4. "Miranda Lambert Moves to RCA Nashville". CMT. August 29, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Record Duet". Country Music Television. September 15, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Four the Record". AllMusic. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  7. Deusner, Stephen (November 7, 2011). "Miranda Lambert: Four the Record". American Songwriter. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Koski, Genevieve (November 1, 2011). "Miranda Lambert: Four The Record". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Wood, Mikael (October 26, 2011). "Four the Record review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  10. Lewis, Randy (October 31, 2011). "Album review: Miranda Lambert's 'Four the Record'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Christgau, Robert (November 11, 2011). "Pistol Annies/Miranda Lambert". MSN Music. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  12. Langhoff, Josh (November 3, 2011). "Miranda Lambert: Four the Record". PopMatters. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  13. Rolling Stone: 83. November 2011. 
  14. Keefe, Jonathan (October 31, 2011). "Miranda Lambert: Four the Record". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Weber, Theon (November 1, 2011). "Miranda Lambert, 'Four the Record' (RCA Nashville)". Spin. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  16. "Reviews for Four the Record by Miranda Lambert". Metacritic. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  17. Tucker, Ken (October 25, 2011). "Four the Record by Miranda Lambert". Country Weekly. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  18. Caramanica, Jon (October 31, 2011). "New Music From Miranda Lambert and Susan Boyle". The New York Times. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  19. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/465208/miranda-lambert-makes-record-start-on-country-albums
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 "Chart listing for Four the Record". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  21. "RIAA Certifications". January 10, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  22. http://www.roughstock.com/blog/country-music-s-top-10-albums-the-week-of-may-28-2014
  23. "Four the Record – Miranda Lambert Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved November 3, 2011. 
  24. http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display_country.asp?chart=1F20
  25. "Archive Chart". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  26. "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard. 
  27. "Top Country Albums: 2011 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  28. 28.0 28.1 http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2012/top-billboard-200-albums
  29. "2013 Year-End Charts – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  30. "Top Country Albums: 2013 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 

External links

Preceded by
Clancy's Tavern by Toby Keith
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 19–26, 2011
Succeeded by
Clear as Day by Scotty McCreery

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