"Keeper Of The Flame" will not be for everyone, but it's a solid song that shows Miranda Lambert continue to be the artist she wants to be. A song about carrying the torch for the legends who've influenced you and influencing other artists is a song Country music surely needs right now. However, I'm not even sure it's really about that. Lambert isn't really saying that she alone is carrying that torch. Instead, she's essentially saying that she's her own artist, and she hopes to be an example to younger artists looking to follow their dreams. Basically, that flame is about staying true to who you are.
The song has a very atmospheric, soft-rock vibe to it with the smoother electric guitar, and by the time we reach the chorus, it has this large, anthemic swell to it that helps to reinforce the message. While I think Lambert is holding back a bit vocally, especially on the verses, this song is truly something I think she needed to release.
Listen: "Keeper Of The Flame"
Author: Zackary Kephart