“Baggage Claim” is an exercise in attitude done right. While there have been countless kiss-off songs before, Miranda’s latest puts several interesting ingredients into the formula and comes out with her original recipe yet again. First and foremost is the clever use of emotional “baggage” as a play on words for the baggage that her man’s being sent off with. Oh, and I have to highlight the excellent lyric “Behind every woman scorned is a man who made her that way.” The production is very snappy and rhythmic, mixing a synthesized hand-clap with acoustic guitar, Dobro fills and some tasty Hammond organ and electric guitar fills. It’s energetic without being a “loud” song like “Only Prettier,” and Lambert’s vocal is well-suited as always.
Marriage sometimes tames the wild beast in some artists (Keith Urban, I’m looking at you), but I’m glad to see that’s not the case with Miranda. She’s still doing things her way, and she’s got a ton of momentum built up. Expect to see “Baggage Claim” fly all the way to #1. Preferably in clear skies, without turbulence and ahead of schedule. (Okay, that’s all the plane puns I can think of.)
Lyrics: “Baggage Claim”