Four the Record is the fourth studio album by American country recording artist Miranda Lambert, released on November 1, 2011, by Sony Music. It was well received by critics and sold over one million copies in the United States. The album's first single, "Baggage Claim," became Lambert's highest chart-debuting single at number 33 on Billboard'sHot Country Songs. A deluxe edition of the album was also released, which included a bonus song and a DVD.
Lambert announced in July 2011 that her fourth studio album, Four the Record, would be released on November 1, 2011. A month later, Sony Music Nashville announced that Lambert and labelmate Josh Thompson would transfer to RCA Nashville as part of a corporate restructuring. Lambert wrote or co-wrote six of the album's tracks. Included on the album is a duet with Blake Shelton titled "Better in the Long Run.", and a cover of "Look At Miss Ohio," which was originally recorded by its writer, Gillian Welch, on her 2003 album Soul Journey.
Four the Record was released by Sony Music on November 1, 2011, and received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 83, based on 12 reviews.Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic believed Lambert was able to expand stylistically by relying more on other songwriters for the record: "She's digging deeper than ever before and finding considerable riches." In Country Weekly, Ken Tucker deemed it her best album so far and hailed Lambert as a matured "interpreter of songs, whether she's written them or not", while Genevieve Koski from The A.V. Club felt it showcased some of her most intriguing songs yet, proving "her willingness to color outside the lines of country-music convention goes beyond lyrical statements of bad-assitude."Entertainment Weekly critic Mikael Wood said she explored a variety of human emotions and moods on the record, which he called her "most vivid effort yet, with brilliantly observed songs about lust ('Fine Tune') and disappointment ('Same Old You'), as well as a stirring celebration of diversity ('All Kinds of Kinds')."
In a less enthusiastic review for MSN Music, Robert Christgau called Four the Record a "basic quality country album" highlighted by the harder opening songs before delving into trite ballads catering to the housewife demographic, such as "Dear Diamond", "Oklahoma Sky", and "Better in the Long Run".Spin magazine's Theon Weber lamented most of the lyrics, which he found "flat, even when they're Lambert's", while Jon Caramanica of The New York Times viewed it as a foray into alternative country featuring some of her least inspired singing and songwriting.