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  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2018
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Nov 2, 2018
    93
    It shouldn’t come as any huge surprise that in a year when Ashley McBryde and Kacey Musgraves have been responsible for the genre’s finest records, a strength-in-female-numbers Pistol Annies collection would turn out to be 2018’s best country album. As an alternately droll and affecting wallow in and cure for the blues, it beats the hell out of a recreational Percocet.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    90
    What makes Interstate Gospel so invigorating is hearing how Lambert, Monroe, and Presley mesh as both songwriters and singers. Their time apart has only strengthened their bond, resulting in a fully realized and resonant record that is their best to date.
  3. Nov 2, 2018
    90
    The last two Pistol Annies albums ranged from very good to brilliant; this album seems to be a breakthrough, a masterpiece that extends their already formidable gifts.
  4. Nov 13, 2018
    80
    No matter how smoothly the songwriting flows, nothing’s easy on Interstate Gospel. Lambert, Monroe, and Presley know that, yet they take on an array of hard topics and reel off one-liners and hooks as if that’s enough to get us through, which it just might be.
  5. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Like a lot of great country music, the songs here are staked not on novelty but on convention, on familiar stereotypes captured in unfamiliar depth. ... As always, the premium remains on real talk, which the band dispenses with the unsparing resolve of someone who’s been listening the whole time but has not been paid attention to until now.
  6. Nov 2, 2018
    80
    Unlike past efforts, where their narratives relied on a heavy dose of dark humor, the songs on Interstate Gospel convey a much more intimate personal urgency. The result, from the housewife harmony blues on “Best Years of My Life” to Lambert’s haunting post-divorce balladry on “Masterpiece,” is a sharply-rendered sketch of bruised hearts and shaken souls that amounts to the group’s most moving work to date.
  7. Nov 2, 2018
    80
    There’s so little light here that the cheeky Sugar Daddy is forgivable--plus there’s a forthrightness to their exhortations to “saddle up and ride” that adds to their theme of women without time to waste.
  8. Nov 12, 2018
    70
    Miranda Lambert, and Ashley Monroe seek to spread the truth of their own lives and the lives of those around them, and just like those church signs, offer a place of comfort in the midst of brokenness. The Gospel of Pistol Annies is not one filled with saccharine self-help soundbites. ... Instead it's a sermon fueled by heartbreak and regret.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Nov 5, 2018
    9
    Very Very fine album, probably their best so far. Interstate Gospel is a well paced album, and a very satisfying country album. And lyricallyVery Very fine album, probably their best so far. Interstate Gospel is a well paced album, and a very satisfying country album. And lyrically their best yet. Highly Recommended Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2018
    0
    Their worst album. It feels rushed and the songs failed to make you feel something. Weak album in general, Sugar Daddy is awful. And why isTheir worst album. It feels rushed and the songs failed to make you feel something. Weak album in general, Sugar Daddy is awful. And why is Miranda Lambert still singing about her divorce 3 years later?? It's getting really old. She was dating a married man again this year but she can not sing about that I guess. The album is boring and not their best lyrics. Full Review »
  3. St5
    Nov 9, 2018
    0
    Awful album! It's just boring, terrible lyrics and worst melodies. If you want good harmonies and songs go and listen Little Big Town orAwful album! It's just boring, terrible lyrics and worst melodies. If you want good harmonies and songs go and listen Little Big Town or Rascal Flatts. Worst country album of the year. Full Review »