Nikki Lane - Highway Queen
Nikki Lane - Highway Queen
Magnolia Record Club

Nikki Lane - Highway Queen

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Nashville-based country singer/songwriter Nikki Lane opens up her third album with a rousing, “Yippee-ki-yay.” That octave-jumping intro to “700,000 Rednecks” is more declamatory than symbolic, announcing not only her return after three years, but also a reaffirmation of her roots. The highpoints on Highway Queen illustrate Lane’s fierceness and penchant for Western themes. While the two aforementioned tracks excel in this, single “Jackpot” is the epitome of this combination—a rollicking number set to the tempo of cantering horses (or a revving Mustang, depending on if you ride a steel horse or not) that has all the attitude and imagery of Dolly Parton’s Vegas slot machines. The rest of the songs on Highway Queen tend to lean one way or another, toward attitude or country tropes: “Big Mouth” captures the spirit of the former with big guitars and bold lyrics about someone needing to shut their trap-hole, while the closing “Forever Lasts Forever” is a pedal steel-lined breakup ballad that honors the genre faithfully. Even with a slower string of songs on the middle of Side B, Highway Queen shows Lane as a growing artist and burgeoning force for women in country music. -Paste 


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