Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby had been two of the heaviest hitters on last year’s Platinum, co-writing five of the album’s songs — including the ACM award-winning, Number One single “Automatic.” Lambert reached out to her songwriting sidekicks once again, looking to pen a girl-powered anthem in the style of Thelma & Louise. What the three women came up with was “Two of a Crime,” which makes its debut this week.
“Two of a Crime” finds Lambert sharing the spotlight with mariachi horns, a nylon-stringed guitar solo and plenty of country-rock firepower, including the squall of distorted feedback that opens the song. There’s no mistaking the Latin influence, particularly during the song’s bridge and extended outro, but “Two of a Crime” also rocks harder than anything she’s done since Revolution. Maybe it’s the movie’s plotline, in which a straight-laced rookie cop (Witherspoon) teams up with the Colombian wife of a high-powered drug lord, that fired up Lambert’s engine.
Hot Pursuit, which also stars Sofía Vergara as Witherspoon’s unlikely accomplice, hits theaters May 8th.