(Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley)
Trailer parks, heartaches, addiction, babies, coon dogs, rambling women and family feuds; throw all of these ingredients into a blender, hit the highest speed, and you get Pistol Annies debut Album “Hell on Heels”. This album is packed with 10 tracks of bare boned, straight from the heart, emotion and drama; it absolutely leaves you in anticipation for the next album.
The traditional country sound of Pistol Annies is music to the ears, sending you back to the days when grandma used to babysit, a time when the sounds of Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and the show, ‘Hee Haw’, resonated through the house.
“Bad Example” is a fun, in your face song to all the so-called good girls who cross their legs and raise their pinkies while drinking tea, eating crumpets and discuss how much money their man makes a year. “Somebody had to set a bad example, teach all the prim and proper’s what not to do.” When a woman has a rebellious edge to her; it makes conversations more interesting more often than not.
“I’ve been thinking about going off the deep end…” from “House Wife’s Prayer” and “She’s only been in the ground a day or two…” from “Family Feud” are definitely the darker or more depressing songs off of the album. However it wouldn’t be country album though if someone didn’t die, think about dying or talk about their mama.
“Taking Pills” is a lyrical story of 3 honest women’s life on-the-road run down from having an addiction, to eating at trucks stops, and trying to put gas in the van to get to the next gig to pay bills. It’s definitely a fun, upbeat track that will stick in your head for a while.
“Boys from the South” is the only track on the album to fall in the love song category. It’s written with the idea of finding a lover or at least day dreaming about one. “Maybe he’s in Georgia, starin’ at the stars, maybe Tennessee pickin’ on a guitar right now. There’s something ‘bout a boy from the south.”
With the album’s traditional country sound, both vocally and musically; Pistol Annies take us back in time to the early 1960’s and 1970’s and reminds us of the greats like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. One can only hope that their sophomore album produces the same results.
Album Review by Kimberly Thomas