Average User Score: 8.5Dec 18, 2013Brandy Clark has written some of Nashville's most engaging and thoughtful songs for artists like Miranda Lambert ("Mama's Broken Heart") andBrandy Clark has written some of Nashville's most engaging and thoughtful songs for artists like Miranda Lambert ("Mama's Broken Heart") and Kacey Musgraves ("Follow Your Arrow") but she has saved her best for this finely crafted collection. Clark writes with a matter-of-fact directness about the everyday realities of life, creating a dozen 3 1/2 minute short stories that speak of lives gone to seed, love turned to boredom, and people seeking relief from pills, drink and playing the lotto. Clark can turn a phrase like nobody's business the first single, "Stripes", is a revenge fantasy tempered by a woman's unwillingness to trade the satisfaction of disposing of a philandering partner for the indignity of wearing a prison uniform:
"There's no crime of passion worth a crime of fashion, the only thing saving your life
Is I don't look good in orange and I hate stripes"
But Clark's real gift shows in her ability to create vivid moments in her songs a pensive woman waiting for the elevator on the way to a first marital indiscretion ("What'll Keep Me Out of Heaven") or capturing the insecurity of meeting a lover's former girlfriend ("Hold My Hand"). She joins some of music's best storytellers think Patty Griffin or Nanci Griffith in her prime with this masterpiece.… Expand