Country singer's flame burns bright on career-best double LP

In a 2015 email interview with Alive, country star Miranda Lambert noted the personal nature of her writing process. “When I record an album, I choose songs that speak about that particular moment in time of my life,” she said. “All my different experiences. My journey.” For the 2016 double-LP The Weight of These Wings, this journey was fraught with emotional turmoil, arriving as it did in the wake of the singer's high-profile divorce from fellow musician Blake Shelton.

“There's freedom in a broken heart,” Lambert sings near the close of opener “Runnin' Just in Case,” and she spends a bulk of the album's two discs attempting to locate this freedom. The singer drowns her sorrows in booze (“Ugly Lights”) and dreams of a fresh start (on “Vice” she pines for a place “where my reputation don't precede me”), taking ownership of her own story on the stunning “Keeper of the Flame.”

“Sometimes I'm just a flicker,” she sings, “but I swear to god I'll never let it die.” Quite the opposite, in fact. Lambert's flame has never burned brighter than it does here, and it should create a welcome glow when she takes the stage right around dusk at Buckeye Country Superfest on Sunday, June 11.