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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – The women take over center stage on new releases today with Miranda Lambert going "Platinum" and actress/singer Lucy Hale out with "Road Between."

Lambert is out with the meaty, 16-song "Platinum," her fifth studio release. Lambert wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 16 songs. The album features collaborations with Little Big Town ("Smokin' and Drinkin'") and The Time Jumpers ("All That's Left"). Lambert sings with Carrie Underwood on "Something Bad." "Automatic" is the first single from the project.

Hale was a winner of American Juniors and is a four-time Teen Choice Award winner. She appeared on several TV shows including "How I Met Your Mother," "Privileged" and "Pretty Little Liars," where she played Aria Montgomery. Film credits include "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," and "A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song." The disc includes a song with Joe Nichols, "Red Dress."

The hick hop movement gets a leg up with the debut of Big Smo', a Tennessee artist, whose out with "Kuntry Livin'." He is also starring in his own original A&E Network reality series. "Workin'" is the song getting a chunk of play.

Brothers Alvin - Dave and Phil - are back together after their years in The Blasters for "Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy." Broonzy was a blues artist. The Alvins will tour behind the disc. This is their first disc together since 1985.

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CD review - Platinum Cynics might think that Miranda Lambert is presumptuous in entitling her fifth disc "Platinum" and, in effect, assuming she'll get her plaque for selling 1 million units. But Lambert says that isn't the case, but more a matter of style, looks and feel. Lambert also wrote and discovered a lot of excellent songs that fit her quite well in an album in which she exposes her inner self as she matures. That may never more apparent than in the country rocker Lambert wrote ...
CD review - Revolution Every once in a while an album comes along that restores your faith in mainstream country music. Miranda Lambert's "Revolution" is just such a recording. It's not revolutionary, as the title might suggest. Instead, this CD is chock full of topnotch songs that are both memorable and sincere and never sound slick or overproduced. (Come to think of it, such old school values as these may in fact be revolutionary around Nashville). Lambert vocalizes a bit like a little girl at ...
CD review - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Even though it sounds like a cliche from the big book of country songwriting, the truth is that, when the timing's right, a loser can end up being the biggest winner of all. Today's object lesson comes from Miranda Lambert and her sophomore album, the follow-up to her 2005 near-platinum debut, "Kerosene." Imagine for a moment if the then-19-year-old had actually taken the crown in 2003's Nashville Star and then been forced into the studio within weeks to be primped and ...

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