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The Weight of These Wings is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Miranda Lambert, released on November 18, 2016, by RCA Records Nashville. The album consists of two discs, with Disc 1 titled The Nerve, and Disc 2 titled The Heart.[1] The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the all-genre US Billboard 200 chart[2] and is considered by many publications and music critics as one of 2016's best albums.[3]

Background and music

In an August 2016 interview with Billboard, Lambert stated she had been working on the album for a year, which included writing and recording. She admitted she was nervous about her new music since she had mostly stayed quiet while writing it.[4] Songwriter Luke Dick was one of the musicians who worked on the album. He co-wrote "Highway Vagabond" with Natalie Hemby and Shane McAnally. He found the line "I want to go somewhere nobody knows; and I want to know somewhere that nobody goes" while waiting at a deli and not willing to mix with other people. This became a road song with the word "vagabond" at the center, with a production sounding like country Siouxsie and the Banshees.[5]

The album's content is about her breakup with Blake Shelton and her current relationship with Anderson East.[6]

Release and promotion

The album was released on November 18, 2016, through RCA Records Nashville.

Singles

"Vice" was released as the album's lead single on July 18, 2016. In its first week it sold 64,000 copies and debuted at number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.[7] As of November 2016, it has sold 397,000 copies in the United States.[8]

"We Should Be Friends" is scheduled to impact American country radio on December 12, 2016 as the album's second single.[9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[11]
Exclaim!7/10[12]
The Guardian4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[13]
Pitchfork7.8/10[14]
PopMatters8/10 stars7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px7px[15]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[16]

The Weight of These Wings received highly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 81 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim" based on 11 reviews.[10]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album four out of five stars and states: "It may have mainstream songs, but The Weight of These Wings isn't produced like a country-pop album, so it demands attention and rewards close listening."[11]

Accolades

Publication Rank List
AllMusic N/A Best Albums of 2016[17]
American Songwriter 28 Top 50 Albums of 2016[18]
AOL 4 Best Albums of 2016[19]
Billboard 14 50 Best Albums of 2016[20]
Cosmopolitan 4 The 15 Best Albums of 2016[21]
Entertainment Weekly 16 The 50 Best Albums of 2016[22]
3 The Best Country Albums of 2016[23]
Noisey 52 The 100 Best Albums of 2016[24]
NPR 9 50 Best Albums of 2016[25]
Rolling Stone 2 40 Best Country Albums of 2016[26]
16 50 Best Albums of 2016[27]
SPIN 40 The 50 Best Albums of 2016[28]
Stereogum 1 The 20 Best Country Albums of 2016[29]
Uproxx 1 The 20 Best Country Albums of 2016[30]
Variety 4 The 10 Best Albums of 2016[31]
Year Association Category Result
2017 ACM Awards[32] Album of the Year Pending

Track listing

[33]

Disc 1The Nerve
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Runnin' Just in Case"
4:33
2."Highway Vagabond"3:53
3."Ugly Lights"
3:01
4."You Wouldn't Know Me"Shake Russell3:19
5."We Should Be Friends"Lambert2:50
6."Pink Sunglasses"4:06
7."Getaway Driver"
3:53
8."Vice"
4:00
9."Smoking Jacket"
4:54
10."Pushin' Time"
3:33
11."Covered Wagon"Danny O'Keefe4:08
12."Use My Heart"3:50
Total length:46:00
Disc 2The Heart
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tin Man"4:19
2."Good Ol' Days"3:18
3."Things That Break"
3:47
4."For the Birds"
  • Lambert
  • Aaron Raitere
3:46
5."Well-Rested"
  • Lambert
  • Raitere
  • East
4:39
6."Tomboy"
  • Lambert
  • Raitere
  • Hemby
4:01
7."To Learn Her"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Payne
3:47
8."Keeper of the Flame"
  • Lambert
  • Hemby
  • Rose
3:59
9."Bad Boy"4:40
10."Six Degrees of Separation"
  • Lambert
  • Hemby
  • Nicolle Galyon
3:09
11."Dear Old Sun"
  • Lambert
  • Sebastian
  • Terri Jo Box
4:56
12."I've Got Wheels"
  • Lambert
  • Sebastian
  • Scotty Wray
3:40
Total length:48:01


Personnel

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[34]

Vocals
  • Chris Coleman – background vocals
  • Madi Diaz – background vocals
  • Anderson East – duet vocals on "Pushin' Time"
  • Angella Grossi – background vocals
  • Ryan Hurd – background vocals
  • Miranda Lambert – lead vocals
  • Frank Liddell – background vocals
  • Annalise Liddell – background vocals
  • Eric Masse – background vocals
  • Maren Morris – background vocals
  • Aaron Raitiere – background vocals
  • Luke Reynolds – background vocals
  • Frank Rische – background vocals
  • Lillie Mae Rische – background vocals
  • Gwen Sebastian – background vocals
  • Lucie Silvas – background vocals
  • Glenn Worf – background vocals
Musicians
Production and imagery
  • Daniela Federici – photography
  • Tracy Baskette Fleaner – creative direction and design
  • Becky Fluke – photography
  • Brittany Hamlin – production coordination
  • Tiffany Gifford – styling
  • Johnny Iavoy – photography
  • Moani Lee – make-up
  • Eric Masse – producer
  • Annalise Liddell – assistant engineer
  • Frank Liddell – producer
  • Gavin Lurssenmastering
  • Chris Taylor – assistant, recording, mixing
  • Glenn Worf – producer

Commercial performance

The Weight of These Wings debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the all-genre US Billboard 200 chart, moving 133,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release.[2][35] It sold 122,000 copies, with the remainder of its unit total reflecting the album's streaming activity and track sales.[2] It is Lambert's fifth straight album to debut in the top ten of the Billboard 200, following Platinum (No. 1, 2014), Four the Record (No. 3, 2011), Revolution (No. 8, 2009) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (No. 6, 2007).[2] In its second week of release, the album moved 36,000 units and was in the No. 9 position on the Billboard 200 chart.[36] As of February 2017 the album has sold 270,500 copies in the United States.[37]

Charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[38] 26
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[39] 5
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[40] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[41] 39
UK Albums (OCC)[42] 70
UK Country Albums (OCC)[43] 3
US Billboard 200[44] 3
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[45]
[35]
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Release history

Source: Amazon.com[46]

Region Date Format(s) Label
United States November 18, 2016 RCA Records Nashville

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