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Miranda Lambert explains why her song “Vice” is so intimately personal Instagram/Miranda Lambert
Instagram/Miranda Lambert

The great thing about songwriting is that it gives you an outlet. It gives you a way to process and sometimes admit things that you’re having a hard time getting through. It’s raw, it’s rough and it’s immediate.

The problem with the music business is that it often takes months to take that song from the pages it was written on to the speakers in your car. Or in the case of Miranda Lambert’s new song, “Vice,” it takes a full year.

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“I wrote this at the exact time of the shitt hitting the fan,” Miranda tells “The Tennessean.” “I think it’s great, though. It’s documented on paper with emotion.”

Written with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne of the Brothers Osborne, “Vice” is an intimately close look at what Miranda’s life was like going through her divorce from Blake Shelton. And by her own accord, Miranda comes clean on a couple of things (i.e. vices) that are her own, including drinks and the tendency to hit the road when the going gets tough.

“Everybody has a vice of some sort,” she says. “Sometimes when you’re going through something in your life, you may run to some things you shouldn’t and run from some things you shouldn’t. I think this song is an opportunity to just be honest and own it and say, ‘Yeah, I have some imperfections, and I live a life and here and there I might get in a pickle.’ It’s not about one thing or another. Everybody has a vice they run to when they need comfort, and I think that’s what this song says. There’s no mystery here. I run to things for comfort just like everybody else.”

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As personal as “Vice” is, Miranda promises the rest of the album will be more of the same honesty.

“Absolutely it’s a personal project,” she says. “It’s no different than any other record I’ve made, except my story changed a little. My platform has always been, ‘Be honest, say what you want to say.’ That’s no different on this record.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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