Amanda Shires – Take It Like a Man

While things haven’t been good these past few years for so many of us, they have been for Amanda Shires....
Amanda Shires : Take It Like a Man
8.0 ATO
2022 
Amanda Shires : Take It Like a Man

While things haven’t been good these past few years for so many of us, they have been for Amanda Shires. She’s grown out of supporting others to her own full-fledged stardom, including as one of the country gal super-group The Highwomen or her powerful pro-choice single “The Problem” (QRO review – featuring her husband & star in his own right Jason Isbell). Now is the perfect time for her moving Take It Like a Man.

While the title of the record might make one think of a modern “These Boots Are Made For Walking” feminist kiss-off, instead the album leans more towards the sadness of break-up and what a lady has to go through. Admittedly, Take does start with the Southern Gothic storm a-comin’ & it’s her “Hawk For the Dove”, but the following title track exemplifies the world-wise & -weary woman. This is an after-the-love-is-gone record, sweet & sad, though with some easier going moments (such as the fun horns of “Stupid Love”).

Even in her own good times, Amanda Shires has made a record for the bad that we all have, both personal and universal.

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