Consumer Guide Album
The Highwomen: The Highwomen [Elektra, 2019]
This righteous attempt to stick feminism in Nashville's face is so much thicker and less rousing than it oughta be. Except for the Amanda Shires kissoff "Don't Call Me," its peak moments are two sharp-witted domestic-life songs, the benignly manipulative "Redesigning Women" and the hung over "My Name Can't Be Mama." And it's cool and a half that sharpest tool in the shed Shires wrote a "gay country song" with her husband that Brandi Carlile signed off on. But Carlile and Hozier fan Maren Morris imbue the project with serious tempos and default soul that weigh it down again and again. What a drag.