Kacey Musgraves   Golden Hour
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 2018
Tracklist

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4.0 excellenttheBonerKing | March 31st 18

Sputniks Resident Country Enthusuast STAMP OF APPROVAL

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2.5 averageTheManMachine | May 15th 18

Amongst the bewildering abundance of praise for this Beige-ish Hour is GQ somehow calling it 'gutsy' (I hear "High Horse" in Stop&Shop), which makes me assume they considered her previous works outright terrifying. Tame as they may be, there's something to appreciate in the feather-in-a-breeze production and tidy arrangements; but where's the spunk? The country? The wit? At least her trite used to have bite -- now it's "You've set my world on fire", "You look out the window while I look at you", "looking at my phone, putting it back down", "everything that goes up must come down", marveling at how time zones work and that plants are real. And barring a moving moment for Mom, I struggle to see the much-touted 'most personal' artistic statement shine through much. I'll take Dime Store Cowgirl over Dime Store LSD-lite Pop-Rock in this case.

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3.0 goodAids | May 4th 18

This sounds like the sort of thing I would have pretended to like in 2011

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4.5 superbBrendan Schroer | March 31st 18

My favorite album of the year so far. Kacey dives further inward to a more intimate and folk-driven environment, and the way she compliments such feel-good melodies with such revealing and personal lyrics makes for one of the most compelling country records I've heard in a long time. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to hear some forward-thinking modern country or some incredibly well-written and atmospheric folk pop

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0.0 pizzamachine | March 31st 18

Based on the last album this one is the next album

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4.5 superbNessieKV | March 30th 18

This is so good I can't even. Man, Kacey is such a queen.

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5.0 classicmvdu | March 30th 18

The mid-tempo pop production doesn't wow you right away, but as the first song says, it's like a slow burn. It's
ultimately unlike anything she has done before and very rewarding.

I am changing this to a 5 because the whole album keeps you in a state of bliss. That's no easy thing to do.


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4.5 superbSowingSeason STAFF | April 8th 18

Truly beautiful country-pop album. Think Taylor Swift meets the subtler indie senses of Ingrid Michaelson. It's slow but natural in its progression, weaving through gentle rural influences that are carefully framed by pop songwriting techniques. This is my first KM album but its quality and consistency has confirmed that it won't be my last. I'm all-in as a new fan of this talented and charming artist.

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4.0 excellentgryndstone | March 31st 18

think Carly Rae Jepsen's EMOTION but wearing a cowboy hat. album owns

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5.0 classicdihstyle69 | March 30th 18

one of the best albums of the year thus far. near-perfect.

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4.0 excellentnotkanyewest | March 29th 18

KM has been your fave indie site's country music sweetheart for a while, and I'll admit to buying into the hype of her last record, even if it was kinda uneven in hindsight. But Golden Hour is where she goes from "good" to "great"- a winsome and sonically rich record. Perfect for the beginning of spring. ("Oh, What a World", "High Horse")

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4.0 excellentbobcarl2 | December 24th 18

Avoids falling into the disastrous pit of mainstream country writing by creating a layered, more atmospheric approach to country music. Kudos to Kacey for not trying to cram hip hop into her choruses either.

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4.0 excellentMonstar1790 | September 18th 18

Were it not for the mediocre "Velvet Elvis" and "Wonder Woman" this would be a 4.5. Superb songwriting, dreamy production, and charming sincerity make Golden Hour a real treat.

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3.5 greatKatastrophiic | April 10th 18

This came out of nowhere and had my country hating ass loving it.

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4.0 excellentmeenwolf131 | April 10th 18

such a beautiful mellow combination of country and pop vibes / her warm sweet vocals smoothly work with swell hazy melody and romantic atmosphere / catchy, sweet, and harmonised

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4.0 excellentRisodo | April 4th 18

"Golden Hour" is an essential choice for those who enjoy the soft side of Folk, in other words: The Country music. Kacey Musgraves voice is sweet and absurdly powerful, standing out from the melody and all the sonority imposed on the album. I'm quite surprised, because i never thought i would listen to a Country work for so long, enjoying every single track. Her delivery in the songs is clear, making this release one of the best of the first half of 2018.

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