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Song Review: Miranda Lambert – ‘Bathroom Sink’

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Miranda Lambert performs ‘Bathroom Sink’ at the 49th Annual CMA Awards, November 4, 2015.

Miranda Lambert is at her best when there’s actual intent behind her tough chick image. When she has a purpose, a la ‘Gunpowder & Lead,’ the message truly has meaning. When she’s aggressive just to be aggressive, dreck like ‘Fastest Girl In Town’ sees the completely undeserving light of day.

‘Bathroom Sink’ finds Lambert in the former category, venting her frustrations in a way she hasn’t done in more than nine years. The song is a searing meditation of self-doubt brutally eschewing women’s obsession with beauty and the wasted time they spend primping while getting ready. The makeup is only a cover up, a band-aid for “putting off the hard stuff.”

Lambert, who wrote the song solely from her own pen, finds her brilliance in her fully formed first person mature adult narrative. Unlike her recent co-writing efforts, there’s honesty to the lyric that forces you to believe her. When she references fighting with her mamma, or opens up about the rejection in her mirrored reflection, you feel her frustration and pain. She’s channeling something real, not just coming up with empty verses that play to current trends.

I’ve been known to blast Lambert for unforgivable lapses in judgment regarding production techniques, but the track’s hard rock edge is the driving force that glues the song’s pieces into place. “Bathroom Sink” is in no way a soft song and the arrangement exists solely to echo that sentiment. Plus, no matter what you may hear, this is a country song.

I only wish Lambert and RCA Nashville would have the good fortune to release this to radio, accompanied by the biting video treatment the song deserves. ‘Bathroom Sink’ is what happens when Lambert goes off script and puts effort into her craft.

She’s an authentic artist underneath her mainstream sheen and it’s about damn time she reverts back to that side of her artistic personality. Maybe her budding relationship with Anderson East will get her creative juices stirring again. We need and deserve more Lambert songs like this one.

Grade: A+

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One response to “Song Review: Miranda Lambert – ‘Bathroom Sink’

  1. Paul W Dennis January 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I was a lot less impressed than you were with this song. Her vocals are strangely flat and lifeless and I don’t especially care for the instrumentation – I think this would be much better as an acoustic song.

    The lyrics are very interesting and more or less save the recording. This could be an A+ but it is not – I would give it a solid B

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