Single Review: Miranda Lambert, "The House that Built Me"

With her last single, “White Liar,” becoming Miranda Lambert’s second top ten hit and her first number one, it’s time to release her third single from her Revolution album. Can the latest single, “The House That Built Me,” repeat the massive succes of “White Liar?”

It’s no secret today’s country radio rarely gives traditional singles a chance at radio success. However, they’ve recently made exceptions for some gems like Jamey Johnson’s “In Color,” Carrie Underwood’s version of “I Told You So,” and even Lambert’s “White Liar.” Now, they should make another exception for Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.”

The song is an all-around masterpiece. The lyrics, written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, deal with the narrator reminiscing about the house where she grew up. Lambert recalls the memories she had in the house from doing her homework to learning the guitar to even remembering where her favorite dog was buried.

The production is one of the best that I’ve heard on a single in awhile. Not only is it traditional enough to have been played back when that style ruled radio, but it’s done brilliantly. From the guitar intro to the smooth steel guitar in the background, the production never overshadows the brilliant vocal performance turned in by Lambert.

This will go down as one of, if not, the best song of Miranda’s career. In fact, I think this performance will challenge Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” at next year’s Grammy awards for the Best Country Female Vocal Performance award. Even if it’s not a massive radio hit, Miranda Lambert should be proud she’s chosen this song as a single.

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