Kacey Musgraves
Pageant Material


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheManMachine USER (5 Reviews)
December 16th, 2015 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a world of squares, maybe you're just round.

A tangible breath-of-fresh-air in the dreaded and effete world of country-pop -- partly from downsizing the whole pop-part to just the essential elements of instant gratification and infinite irresistibility, allowing pristinely superlative old-time-lean arrangements to flourish and shine. But mostly it's due to her smart songwriting and affable personality, i.e. she seems like an actual, even relatable, human: seemingly humbled by fame+travels and rooted to her roots, finding comfort in the simple things, determined to make it on her own, sneering at image-based pomp with Crown in her glass while her party-partner rolls one for two. Any hint of malice from said sneer of course eradicated by the sheepishly self-deprecating confessionals of high-heel klutziness and lacking manners. "I've tried to fake it but I can't", she readily admits, but integrity is a virtue she holds dear: "I'd rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain't".

And sure, the elementary cartoon-special life lessons can be grimace-worthy (top offender being sappy "Somebody to Love"), but her matter-of-fact humor and graceful phrasing consistently does the trick -- the mountain of metaphors for minding one's business on "Biscuits" ("Pouring salt in my sugar won't make yours any sweeter / Pissing in my yard ain't gonna make yours any greener"), the effortlessly sweeping bitter/sweet/black/green varietal of "Cup of Tea", the importance/toleration of Family ("They own too much wicker and drink too much liquor", "They might smoke like chimneys but give you their kidneys").

Elsewhere, she calls out a self-sabotaging curmudgeon in the prettiest way possible, salvages a YOLO-esque anthem from the clubs by downplaying the hell out of it, and covertly collaborates with the same name-dropped legend she once had her "picture made with". Not too bad for a dime store cowgirl.


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3.6
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theBoneyKing
December 16th 2015


17823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid review.

I like this, but not nearly as much as Same Trailer, Different Park. I agree with the over-sappiness of some of these songs, though I actually really like Somebody to Love, and think Late to the Party is the worst in that regard. The album is a very good listen regardless.

Digging: Cocteau Twins - Treasure

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 17th 2015


12199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

props to reviewing this right as it appears on the staff best of list!

jtswope
December 17th 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Flawless timing!

TheManMachine
December 17th 2015


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

completely coincidental on the timing, glad to see it made the top 50 though. i think it was #32 on mine for the year

random
December 18th 2015


2794 Comments


"MIND YOUR OWN BISCUITS AND LIFE WILL BE GRAVY!"

Digging: Nile - Black Seeds of Vengeance

TheManMachine
December 18th 2015


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ classic. should be a bumper sticker

JonEthan
January 15th 2016


245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What can I say? We're all waiting for somebody to love. X'(

theBoneyKing
March 30th 2018


17823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

New album is a beaut, def a step up from this (though I ought to give this a relisten) and prob her best yet

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2018


17564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Late To the Party is such a heaterrrrrr

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2018


12199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes

Get Low
May 5th 2018


6832 Comments


Under-appreciated.

Get Low
July 14th 2018


6832 Comments


This is my favorite review on this website.

Storm In A Teacup
July 14th 2018


26940 Comments


love her new album

Get Low
July 14th 2018


6832 Comments


All three of them are great.

Storm In A Teacup
July 14th 2018


26940 Comments


need to hear

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2018


17564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love when she sings “and who’s to say I’m a 9.5 or a 4.0 if you don’t even know me”

Get Low
December 20th 2018


6832 Comments


I still think this is better than Golden Hour.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2018


17564 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and also when the second chorus of “late for the party” comes around and Kacey and the dude are all like “youuuuuu—ooh ooh ooh ooh” with their voices all high and stuff

TheManMachine
December 23rd 2018


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This > same trailer >>>>>>> golden hour

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2018


1079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as a whole i think golden hour is better but this for sure has some of her best songs



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