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Miranda Lambert 'Slows Down' on New Single 'Automatic'

Hear the country star's new single from her upcoming record

Miranda Lambert performs in Los Angeles.
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February 6, 2014 2:35 PM ET

Miranda Lambert released "Automatic," the first single from her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fifth album, on Wednesday. The song sounds like what's becoming classic Lambert – exploring the days of yesteryear, with vibrant rich storytelling reflecting her midwest upbringing. 

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"It's about the good life," Lambert said in a statement. "It's about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply. It's not about going back, but reminiscing about what it was like to hang laundry on the line and wait for it to dry and my dad teaching me how to drive my '55 Chevy that I still have but don't drive nearly enough. The song brings back good memories and it reminds me to take a deep breath and to remember that getting there is half the fun."

The new single comes at a time when Lambert is still receiving accolades for songs from her fourth album, 2011's Four the Record. Her single "Mama's Broken Heart" earned her Single of the Year at the 2013 American Country Awards and more recently, a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. She's also up for numerous awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards this April, including Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Mama's Broken Heart."

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Not much is known though about her next album, but she did offer a little nugget with the release of "Automatic." "It's always exciting and little bit nerve-wracking to release a new album," she said. "We've been writing and recording since last summer and I'm ready for the fans to hear my new music."

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