“When I’m losing, when I’m winning, I go back to the beginning,” she sings during the song’s bridge, while electric guitars and U2-worthy drums kick up plenty of anthemic dust in the background. Written with Natalie Hemby – whose Lambert cuts include “Baggage Claim,” “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” “White Liar” and “Only Prettier” – and “Girl Crush” co-writer Liz Rose, “Keeper of the Flame” is an arena-rock power ballad about resilience and self-worth, delivered by a divorcee who, one year after her public split from Blake Shelton, is shoring up her own defenses rather than pointing fingers. If “Vice,” the first single from The Weight of These Wings, explored the dark depths of post-breakup life, then “Flame” focuses on something brighter and more constructive.
Due out November 18th, The Weight of These Wings spreads its sass and strut over 24 new songs, including co-written compositions with boyfriend Anderson East, backup singer Gwen Sebastian and fellow solo artists Foy Vance, Lucie Silvas, Brent Cobb and Mando Saenz. The album is also Lambert’s first release under Vanner Records, her new label imprint in conjunction with Sony Music Nashville.