Miranda Lambert Balances Her Firebrand Past with Her Pop-Star Present on 'Platinum'

June 2, 2014 6:15 AM

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Time has a way of creeping up on us. Miranda Lambert knows this well. She's 30, which these days – especially in country music, where many a Nashville icon has churned out a meaningful album long after grandkids started arriving – is hardly the definition of old. But a spunky firebrand like Lambert? The same lady who threw a brick through Music Row's front pane with the smash-mouth "Kerosene" off her breakout '05 debut? That girl, er, woman is married now. Happy. Wildly successful. What to do then when those ex-boyfriends in need of a good tire slashing are relics of your younger self?

It's a tricky question, one that in recent years the Nashville-by-way-of Texas starlet has had mixed success with: First came 2009's landmark Revolution, a critical darling of an album that revealed her softer side with charmers like "The House That Built Me." Yet middle-of-the-road follow-up Four T...

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