"I would call it old Miranda, but a Miranda at a whole new level, if that makes any sense," she tells freelance journalist Tricia Despres. "It's not going to be love song overload or anything like that. [Laughs] I made a career on being a rock 'n' roller, and I think fans are going to hear that throughout. And yeah, there is this vibe of being happy that goes through this album. I am really, really happy."
Life has changed drastically for Lambert since she wrote the forlorn tunes for 2016's The Weight of These Wings, released the year after her divorce from fellow country superstar Blake Shelton. She married New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin in early 2019. The couple splits its time between the fast-paced Big Apple and the privacy of Lambert's rural Tennessee farm.
A potential teaser of Lambert's current sound came in early June via the CMA Fest debut of "Locomotive." In an interview with the Tennessean, Lambert described the song as "total country punk-rock" and "a reflection of who I am right now."
Although there's no set release date yet, Lambert's next album should arrive during her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour, a showcase of talented women starring not just Lambert and her fellow Pistol Annies members but also a revolving door of supporting acts, featuring Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde and others. The tour runs from Sept. 13 to Nov. 23.