Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall: ‘The Marfa Tapes’ – Album Review
The Marfa Tapes from Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall is officially available now, May 7th, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.
For the last few weeks, country fans have anticipated the release of Miranda Lambert’s latest project, a collaboration with fellow musicians Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. The record is a culmination of intimate songs that the threesome wrote and recorded together in the tiny town of Marfa, Texas. Today, the singer-songwriters officially debuted the body of work, an album called THE MARFA TAPES.
Each of the fifteen songs off the project are standouts in their own right. There are songs about love, life, nostalgia, and heartbreak, all anchored by beauty, acoustics, and a unique connection between the three talents. Fans get a taste of what it’s like to be an artist, whose number one goal is to create music that they love with every anecdote that the trio chooses to share with us at the end of each raw and beautiful song.
The record kicks off with the previously released “In His Arms,” a timeless tale of longing for a distant love. “I Don’t Like It” led by Ingram is another love-centered song that we all can relate too. Love also plays a crucial part in other songs off the record like “Anchor” and “Am I Right Or Amarillo.”
Songs like “The Wind’s Just Gonna Blow,” “Geraldene,” and “Tin Man” explore the dark side of love. The heart-achingly beautiful songs all tap into different feelings associated with love loss. Similarly, “Breaking A Heart” honestly portrays how difficult it is to be the heartbreaker and how difficult it is to be the heartbroken. The track is one of our all-time favorites on the record.
The trio also makes sure to pay homage to their roots on this record, as their beginnings in Texas are one of the reasons they all came together to write and record, over these five special days. Songs like “Waxahachie,” “Homegrown Tomatoes,” and “We Always Have The Blues” bring the nostalgic feel that this record needed. Their appreciation for their craft seeps through on each of these three tracks.
“Ghost” is one of those songs that portray hurt, love, and nostalgia all in one, a feat that is hard to convey with such a simple arrangement. On the other hand the closing track, “Amazing Grace (West Texas)” makes sure to convey to the listener that Marfa, Texas has a special place in the hearts of each of the three creators. Their bond is pure, sentimental, and beautiful.
THE MARFA TAPES is country music at its finest. Lambert, Ingram, and Randall bring heart, grit, and pure appreciation for the genre to their one-of-a-kind record. The truth and honesty within each song is refreshing, and the record is a true creative masterpiece by three incredible musicians.
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