Back in January 2018, Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne teamed up for a beautiful acoustic performance of “Vice,” a 2016 release the three of them had co-written. It was the lead single for Miranda’s incredible The Weight Of These Wingsalbum.
While Miranda is well-known as one of the best writers, artists, and pure entertainers of this generation, Shane has written or collaborated on an insane number of hit songs. Including, but not limited to: “Cheatin’ Songs,” “Different for Girls,” “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,”, “Love Ain’t,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Marry Me,” “Merry Go Round,” “One Little Kiss,” “One Night Standards,” “Space Cowboy,” “Stay A Little Longer,” and “Young and Crazy,” and that’s literally just a few.
But “Vice” is a deep, beautifully written, painfully honest song about a person who is completely self-aware of, but still totally consumed by their vices. It’s criminal that it only peaked at #11 on the charts.
The album version is great, but the acoustic guitars with the rawness of Miranda’s voice is how this song is meant to be heard.