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Revolution is the third studio album by Americanmarker country music singer Miranda Lambert. The album was released on September 29, 2009 via Columbia Nashville. The album includes the singles "Dead Flowers" and "White Liar," both of which have charted on the U.S. Billboard country chart.

Content

Lambert began working on Revolution in February 2009. She wrote or co-wrote all but four of the album's 15 tracks. The album includes co-writes with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, and former Columbia Records artist Ashley Monroe. Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum co-wrote "Love Song," on which they also sing background vocals. The album also includes covers of Fred Eaglesmith's "Time to Get a Gun" and John Prine's "That's the Way the World Goes 'Round".

Lambert explained to Billboard that the album title didn't come from a song or a lyric; instead Revolution signifies a change in perspective. She said: "To me, that's an exciting word, that something new is happening. I sort of reinvented myself musically on this record. It feels like there's change, that country music is more open-minded. To me, anyways."

To help promote the album, an EP titled Dead Flowers was released on September 8, 2009. The EP, available exclusively at Best Buy stores, features "Dead Flowers" and three bonus tracks previously included on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

The album's lead single, "Dead Flowers", was released in May 2009 following Lambert's performance on the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The song reached a peak of #37 in July 2009 after spending sixteen weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "White Liar" was released as the album's second single in August 2009 and has entered the chart as well. In November, Lambert performed "White Liar" on the 2009 CMA Awards; following this performance, the single became her first Top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, jumping from #66 to #38.

On September 24, 2009, Lambert performed all the tracks on Revolution in sequence at the Ryman Auditorium, five days before the album's scheduled release date.

Promotion

In promotion for Revolution, Lambert made appearances on Good Morning America, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show throughout the first week of the album's release. Additionally, she was featured on the cover story of Country Weekly magazine; she also made appearances in several other magazines, including Rolling Stone and US Weekly.

Critical reception

The album has been met with universally positive feedback from critics. Rolling Stone magazine praised the album saying, "Miranda Lambert remains country's most refreshing act, and not just because she makes firearms seem like a matter-of-fact female accessory" Entertainment Weekly magazine said, "She's found stylistic shades of songwriters twice her age..." and that the album is "...a portrait of an artist in full possession of her powers, and the best mainstream-country 
 album so far this year." Slant magazine also had high praises reserved for the album saying, "Miranda Lambert expands on her fascinating, fully realized artistic persona on Revolution." Boston Globe commented that “Revolution’’ is the sound of Miranda Lambert coming into her own

Track listing

  1. "White Liar" (Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby) — 4:48
  2. "Only Prettier" (Lambert, Hemby) — 3:09
  3. "Dead Flowers" (Lambert) — 3:59
  4. "Me and Your Cigarettes" (Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Blake Shelton) — 2:24
  5. "Maintain the Pain" (Lambert) — 2:17
  6. "Airstream Song" (Lambert, Hemby) — 2:48
  7. "Makin' Plans" (Lambert) — 3:50
  8. "Time to Get a Gun" (Fred Eaglesmith) — 3:55
  9. "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go" (Julie Miller) — 3:21
  10. "The House That Built Me" (Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin) — 3:56
  11. "Love Song" (Lambert, Shelton, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) — 2:49
  12. "Heart Like Mine" (Lambert, Monroe, Travis Howard) — 2:57
  13. "Sin for a Sin" (Lambert, Shelton) — 3:28
  14. "That's the Way That The World Goes 'Round" (John Prine) — 3:25
  15. "Virginia Bluebell" (Lambert, Hemby, Jennifer Kennard) — 3:46


Chart performance

Revolution debuted at at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart, her third consecutive Number One album on the chart. It also debuted at #8 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album sold approximately 66,000 copies in the first week of release, her highest first week total to date. To date the album has sold 185,818 copies.

Album

Chart (2009) Peak

position
Australian Top Country Albums 13
Canadian Albums Chart 47
Canadian Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 8
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1


Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
2009 "Dead Flowers" 37
"White Liar"A 13 38 23
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • A Current single.


References

  1. MusicRow: Lambert Planning A “Revolution At The Ryman”
  2. Makin' Plans Songfacts
  3. Revolution: Pre-sale & Bonus Offers
  4. Miranda Lambert News: Upcoming Media Appearances
  5. Miranda Debuts At No. 1 Again - Read The Rare Stats!
  6. http://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200#/charts/hot-100?begin=61&order=position



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