Annie Up

There may be better bands than Pistol Annies, but what band is more of a hoot? The second LP by the all-female supergroup – Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley – is, like its 2011 debut, full of attitude and guffaws, delivered in three-part harmony over down-home country. "Hush Hush" is a rockabilly romp about family secrets; "Damn Thing" is a bluegrass-suffused bad girl's anthem. But there's pathos beneath the jokes. "Unhappily Married" is a sharp and sad portrait of domestic decay, and on "I Hope You're the End of My Story," Lambert, Monroe and Presley drop the 'tude altogether for a love song as poignant as the rest is fun.