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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.[1] 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.[2]

Hell on Heels
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 23, 2011 (2011-08-23)
Recorded2010
GenreCountry
Length30:05
LabelColumbia Nashville
ProducerFrank Liddell
Pistol Annies chronology
Hell on Heels
(2011)
Annie Up
(2013)
Singles from Hell on Heels
  1. "Hell on Heels"
    Released: June 12, 2011

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
American Songwriter     [5]
The A.V. ClubB+[6]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A[7]
Nash Country Weekly     [8]
Rolling Stone     [9]
Slant Magazine     [10]

Review aggregate site Metacritic gave the album a score of 84/100, based on 9 reviews, earning the summary "Universal acclaim".[3] 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."[11] It received four stars from Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, who thought that it had "sassiness and a spark".[12] Rating it four stars out of five, Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly praised the "sparse production, unabashedly country lyrics and strong rhythm sections".[8] 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.[13]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Hell on Heels"
  • Presley
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
3:14
2."Lemon Drop"PresleyPresley2:42
3."Beige"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
Monroe3:23
4."Bad Example"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
  • Lambert
  • Presley
  • Monroe
2:52
5."Housewife's prayer"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
Lambert2:48
6."Takin' Pills"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
  • Presley
3:16
7."Boys From the South"
  • Lambert
  • Monroe
Lambert3:39
8."The Hunter's Wife"PresleyPresley2:34
9."Trailer for Rent"LambertLambert3:01
10."Family Feud"
  • Monroe
  • Presley
  • Lambert
2:36
Total length:30:05

PersonnelEdit

Pistol Annies
Additional Musicians

Chart performanceEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 5
US Billboard Top Country Albums[14] 1

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak positions
US
[15]
2011 "Hell on Heels" 55

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pistol Annies Release their Debut Album Hell on Heels". Lubbuck's Country Station. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Hell On Heels by Pistol Annies". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hell on Heels – Pistol Annies". AllMusic. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  5. ^ Horowitz, Hal (September 12, 2011). "Short Takes: Pistol Annies, Buddy Holly, Chris Isaak And More". American Songwriter. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  6. ^ Koski, Genevieve (August 30, 2011). "Pistol Annies: Hell On Heels". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 11, 2011). "Pistol Annies/Miranda Lambert". MSN Music. Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ a b Phillips, Jessica (September 5, 2011). "Reviews". Country Weekly. 18 (36): 56. ISSN 1074-3235.
  9. ^ Eddy, Chuck (September 12, 2011). "Pistol Annies: Hell on Heels". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (November 14, 2011). "Pistol Annies: Hell on Heels". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Justus, Karlie (July 28, 2011). "Pistol Annies — "Hell on Heels"". Engine 145. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (22 August 2011). "Pistol Annies review". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 14 December 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Matt Bjorke (December 27, 2012). "Country Album Chart News For December 27, 2012: Taylor Swift #1; Cassadee Pope Debuts; Christmas Album Sales". Roughstock. Archived from the original on December 31, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ a b "Week Ending Aug. 28, 2011: The Six Decade Diva". Yahoo Music. Retrieved August 31, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Maroon 5, Christian Aguilera's 'Jagger' Moves to No. 1 on Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  16. ^ "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.