Hell on Heels was the first studio album by thePistol Annies. The group consists of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angeleena Presley. They released their single, Hell on Heels in May 2011 and released their debut album on August 23, 2011.Pistol Annies debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 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 landed at Number 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart. As of June 5, 2013, the album has sold 488,000 copies in the United States.
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." It received four stars from Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, who thought that it had "sassiness and a spark". Rating it four stars out of five, Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly praised the "sparse production, unabashedly country lyrics and strong rhythm sections". In addition, Rolling Stone listed the album at 29 of the 50 Best Albums of 2011.