Fans have been wondering what’s next for Miranda Lambert ever since news of her divorce from Blake Shelton broke last year.
With the release of her gritty new single, “Vice,” Lambert has made it clear that she doesn’t want to focus on what might have been. Instead, she reflects on the things that helped her navigate through post-breakup life. Although revealing, the song also shows the strength that comes with being honest with yourself.
“The sassy confidence, yes, that’s what I’ve kind of built my career on. But it also takes a lot of confidence and strength to be willing to be vulnerable,” Lambert tells Billboard. “And I feel like when you listen to this song, there’s really nothing to read into. It says what it says. Everybody has a vice. Everybody goes through a time in their life when they run to it a little bit more than when they don’t.”
Although the public has put more of an emphasis on the personal aspects of her new music, Lambert says it’s just as representative as any of her previous releases.
“Every record I’ve ever made has been a reflection of where I am right then in my life, however old I am. And I’ve never held back at all. But this time, with what I happened to be going through in my life, being honest was never really a choice,” she explained, referring in part to her divorce from Shelton. “Everybody knew anyway. So I just said, I’m gonna journal it, and — good days and bad days — use it for my art.”
Instead of focusing on the darker aspects of the last year, Lambert wants her new record to explore all of the highs and lows of her life so far.
“I’m never gonna have an album that’s quote-unquote a ‘heartbreak album,’ because everybody has bad moments, and then you come out of it and you have a great moment, and then you have some somber times,” Lambert says. “I want an emotional journey, because that’s what life is, and I want to document that.”
It’s likely that Lambert’s upcoming album will indeed be an emotional and revealing set of music. Hopefully, we’ll all get to hear her new material sooner rather than later.