Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour

Mackenzie Noakes, Staff Writer

It’s very rare that an artist comes along and wins the hearts of both country and mainstream audiences. Kacey Musgraves, however, has been proclaimed the Country-Pop Princess. Though her name has seldom been heard, she has been around the country scene since 2006.

 

Her most recent album (her fourth) has paved the way for new country. The songs on the album range from hazy, lovestruck melodies to exciting, funky tunes that make you want to get up and dance. There are still banjos and pedal-steel guitars, all the hallmarks of modern country remain with  Musgraves’ natural songwriting, unmistakable voice ,and Texas twang.

 

But it is sort of weird. The lyrical and metaphorical twists that have become her signature are mostly absent. So are the bits of humor she’s sprinkled into past albums. And then there are the Vocoder synths and disco sounds and a few horn sections that give her fourth album a whimsical, dreamy vibe that, at least on first listen, might catch even her most hardcore fans off guard. In Golden Hour, Kacey takes an appreciation to the world around her rather than a cynical approach. It feels like an album of truth and fantasy to engage any listener further

Her lyrics stray from the stereotypical country formula of ‘partying’.They touch deeply into an introspective look at the actual life of people. The album blends her country roots with modern philosophy seamlessly. Her new “modern woman” rhetoric has gotten her in a bit of trouble with more ‘traditional’ country listeners

 

“I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap,” Musgraves said in a Wall Street interview. “The things I’m singing about are not controversial to me, I don’t push buttons to push buttons. I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through.”

 

The sense of liberation that seems to be a common theme throughout her entire album may be due to her personal metamorphosis in the past ten years. The artist became less focused on what the industry wanted of her rather what she wanted from herself and thus Golden Hour was born.

 

“It seems a group of 10 guys who all sound the same have no issue getting on the radio,” Musgraves told HuffPost, without criticizing anyone specifically. “But women who vary vastly from each other have a very hard time breaking through even in the smallest way on the country radio chart.”

 

Musgraves has never wanted to be apart of the ‘boys club’ but rather form a new ‘club’ of genuine music- not just country specifically.

 

The album reached fan acclaim very soon. Everyone was endorsing her from Broadway stars to politicians. The album struck a chord in those who love their country roots but want to stray from the norm. Fans were praising her left and right, saying she could be the next Dolly Parton.

 

Golden Hour won the Grammy for Album Of The Year – for all music ,not just country. KAcey Musgraves beat out music tycoons such as Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone, Janelle Monae, and Kendrick Lamar. She also took home Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song (“Space Cowboy”) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Butterflies”).