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Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
For a fleeting moment at the start of the decade it looked like Pistol Annies could become the new Dixie Chicks.

Feisty, fierce and able to write a killer hook, their ability to deliver witty and intelligent lyrics won the trio an army of loyal followers. However, after just two albums together, Miranda Lambert's solo career took her further into the spotlight and the band went on hiatus.

Given that her bandmates, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, have also enjoyed their fair share of solo success, many had expected that the trio would never reunite.

Therefore the arrival of their third studio album, Interstate Gospel, is a release that has been met we euphoric screams of delight and a phenomenal amount of hype.

Given the high expectations of the trio, can Interstate Gospel really deliver what the fans are wanting.

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The simplest answer is yes.

Insterstate Gospel may be a slight sonic departure from their first two releases, showing the growth of the three artists that unite as one, they have not lost the cartoonish lyrical wit, nor their biting feist.

Current single Got My Name Changed Back has of course extra public interest, given its playful examination of Lambert's very public split with Blake Shelton, but it is in the single's powerful hook and potent chorus that it is clear these girls have not lost the ability to poke fun at all sides of the story, while coming out stronger for their experiences.

While Got My Name Changed Back is easily the album's most instant hit, the mariachi sounds of Leaver Lullaby shows how the trio can make your heart pour, leaving Commissary to demonstrate that the trio are just as strong when they veer away from country as they are when they stay truest to their original sound.

Although this may not pack the same punch as their first two records, Interstate Gospel shows that the trio are back and they mean business. This is a mighty fine record.

Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel, 2nd November 2018, 14:58 PM