Hell on Heels

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Hell on Heels
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Studio album by Pistol Annies
Released August 23, 2011 (2011-08-23)
Recorded 2010
Genre Country
Length 30:05
Label Columbia Nashville
Producer Frank Liddell
Pistol Annies chronology
Hell on Heels
(2011)
Annie Up
(2013)
Singles from Hell on Heels
  1. "Hell on Heels"
    Released: June 12, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A)[2]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[3]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[4]

Hell on Heels is the first studio album by American country girl group Pistol Annies. The group consists of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley. They released their single, "Hell on Heels," in May 2011 and released their debut album on August 23, 2011.[5] Pistol Annies debuted at Number 1 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart with their introductory album, Hell On Heels. With more than 44,000 albums sold in the first week, with little to no promotion, the group lands at Number 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. As of June 5, 2013, the album has sold 488,000 copies in the United States.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregate site Metacritic gave the album a score of 84/100, based on 9 reviews, earning the summary "Universal acclaim". [7] Karlie Justus of Engine 145 gave the single a "thumbs up", with her review saying, "But beyond its cleverly delivered lyrics and well-framed production, the best part about this initial showcase is the clear intent that seems to drive both the song and the group behind its singers."[8] It received four stars from Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, who thought that it had "sassiness and a spark".[4] Rating it four stars out of five, Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly praised the "sparse production, unabashedly country lyrics and strong rhythm sections".[3]In addition, Rolling Stone listed the album at 29 of the "50 Best Albums of 2011". As of December 2012, the album has sold 430,000 copies without one big radio hit.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Hell on Heels"
  • Presley
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
3:14
2. "Lemon Drop" Presley Presley 2:42
3. "Beige"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
Monroe 3:23
4. "Bad Example"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
Presley 2:52
5. "Housewife's prayer"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
Lambert 2:48
6. "Takin' Pills"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
3:16
7. "Boys From the South"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
Lambert 3:39
8. "The Hunter's Wife" Presley Presley 2:34
9. "Trailer for Rent" Lambert Lambert 3:01
10. "Family Feud"
  • Monroe
  • Presley
  • Lambert
2:36
Total length: 30:05

Personnel[edit]

Pistol Annies
Additional Musicians

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 5
US Billboard Top Country Albums[10] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US
[11]
2011 "Hell on Heels" 55
Preceded by
Tailgates & Tanlines by Luke Bryan
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 10, 2011
Succeeded by
Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hell on Heels review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 11, 2011). "Pistol Annies/Miranda Lambert". MSN Music. Microsoft. Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. ^ a b Phillips, Jessica (5 September 2011). "Reviews". Country Weekly. 18 (36): 56. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  4. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (22 August 2011). "Pistol Annies review". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 14 December 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pistol Annies Release their Debut Album Hell on Heels". Lubbuck's Country Station. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.roughstock.com/blog/country-album-chart-news-the-week-of-june-5-2013-blake-shelton-is-1-florida-georgia-line-george-strait
  7. ^ Metacritic http://www.metacritic.com/music/hell-on-heels
  8. ^ Justus, Karlie (July 28, 2011). "Pistol Annies — "Hell on Heels"". Engine 145. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Matt Bjorke (December 27, 2012). "Country Album Chart News For December 27, 2012: Taylor Swift #1; Cassadee Pope Debuts; Christmas Album Sales". Roughstock. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Week Ending Aug. 28, 2011: The Six Decade Diva". Yahoo Music. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Maroon 5, Christian Aguilera's 'Jagger' Moves to No. 1 on Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH