Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves 🌈 Album Review

Written by Thelonia

Kacey Musgraves' new album Golden Hour takes her acerbic writing, updates it from her country roots by adding some new synthetic sounds, making her small focused songs and making them sound a lot roomier and poppier, making this her most accessible album so far.

From her debut album Same Trailer, Different Park in 2013 to her second, Pageant Material in 2015, Golden Hour covers some same ground, from new love ("Butterflies") to the bittersweet ends ("Space Cowboy"), updating some similar universal themes with sounds we haven't heard from the usually acoustic Musgraves, which allows for a lot of variation within the album (the disco beat in "High Horse" makes it a standout, and the electronic intro and exit to "Oh, What A World" makes it a bit spacier in sound).

Having gone through a breakup and a new marriage in the interim between Pageant Material and Golden Hour, this newest album has a more positive outlook than her earlier albums, which are overall much sadder in tone and content. Golden Hour is a lot sweeter in terms of content, even when it tackles sadder subjects ("Lonely Weekend" is a song about being alone but okay). "Mother" is perhaps the album's saddest song, but also the shortest, being only a little over a minute piano ballad that Musgraves wrote about missing her mother.

Other songs like "Velvet Elvis" and "Wonder Woman" use Musgraves' lyric playfulness to its full extent, exhibiting the bit of kitsch Musgraves favors, and which allows for a lot of charm to come through.

Golden Hour is perhaps Musgraves' strongest album so far, and an excellent country pop album that takes you on the full emotional gamut, and, like her other albums, makes for excellent driving music.

Golden Hour is currently available everywhere music is sold.

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