A seven-piece band and two backup singers joined Miranda Lambert in the television debut of “Vice” on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night, giving the tune a bit more of a guitar-driven sound while still allowing the despondent lyrics to take center stage.
It was a no-frills performance, as Lambert strummed a guitar and sang into a stationary mic — her somber facial expressions providing the most theatrics. “Standing at the sink now, looking at the mirror/Don’t know where I am or how I got here/Well the only thing that I know how to find/Is another vice,” she sang in the tune she wrote with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne while she was going through a divorce from Blake Shelton.
“I wrote this at the exact time of the shit hitting the fan,” Lambert tells The Tennessean. “I think this song is an opportunity to just be honest and say, ‘Yeah, I have some imperfections, and I live a life and here and there I might get in a pickle.’ I run to things for comfort just like everybody else.”
“Vice” is the first single from Lambert’s as-yet-untitled sixth studio album.