Miranda Lambert’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: How The Star’s Second Album Climbed Charts

by Kayla Zadel
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Miranda Lambert loves platinum. Not only does she have a song that’s named “Platinum” as well as an album. The Oklahoma-native increased her heavy metal status when ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ went platinum.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is Lambert’s second album and it was released in 2007. However, fast forward four years and the album received its platinum status. The album received high critical acclaim, especially highlighting Lambert’s revengeful material. 

Her album rose to No. 1 on the U.S.’s Top Country Albums charts. Furthermore, four singles from the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend album were major hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart between 2007 and 2009. Those songs are the title track, “Famous in a Small Town,” “Gunpowder & Lead,” and “More Like Her.”

“Gunpowder & Lead,” which is the third single from the record, became Miranda Lambert’s first Top 10 hit on the country chart in 2008.

Additionally, the platinum record won the Album of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

How Miranda Lambert’s Hit Album Came to Be

Miranda Lambert recorded Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in Nashville, but at three different locations. Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke both are co-producers on the album.

The award-winning singer wrote or co-wrote eight of the eleven tracks on the record. Most of the songs on the album narrate some sort of revenge on ex-lovers, staying true to the title theme. Lambert said that she drew inspiration for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend from her parents. Both of them are private investigators and she was often drawn to their work.

Miranda Lambert talks about how Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and how she didn’t want to be labeled as one type of singer

 “I feel like I was getting dangerously close to being shoved in that box of ‘She’s that crazy girl who kills people in her songs,’” she says according to Pitchfork.

Moreover, in another interview Miranda Lambert talks about how this album is different from her previous records.

“I definitely put more of myself out there on this one. People hear songs like ‘Kerosene’ and even ‘Gunpowder & Lead’ from ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and think I’m always that badass, but if you listen to the record and hear songs like ‘Desperation’ and ‘More Like Her,’ the softer side comes through. And at first I was like, ‘Crap, I just said a whole lot about myself and now there’s no going back!’ but fans and critics have responded so well I guess it was a good thing to do!”

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