After a series of very convincing tweets from one of my favorite people, Hayley Williams of Paramore, I finally felt pushed to check out the latest release from one of the few current country artists that I like, Kacey Musgraves. Golden Hour is so serene. Country has never really been my cup of tea, but boy, this album hits hard in a way that a lot of artists can’t do these days.

Slow Burn opens the album as a realistic, chilling ballad with down to Earth lyrics. It’s my favorite on the album and after hearing this one lone song, I had to buy the whole thing.

There’s a lot of genre mixing here, as has become common with the indie scene of music these days. I’m a big fan of the genre-neutral trend happening and Musgraves does it well by blending country with folk, rock, and even a little disco. Yes, even disco in High Horse.

Songs like Lonely Weekend give a taste of pure upbeat depression a speciality of the bands that sit in my daily mix playlist full of artists like Paramore, Vinyl Theatre, and Twenty One Pilots. It’s happy sounds with sad lyrics. Perfection.

This album has a little bit of everything, honestly. There’s a sweet, twangy Tennessee Waltz style song with Butterflies. A Lana Del Rey-influenced track called Space Cowboy that I find so enchanting, and Velvet Elvis rises to give us a throwback to the 80s.

This whole thing is a refreshing take on a genre that was genuinely dying out in a sea of songs about “my truck, my dog, my woman, etc.” It’s a more alternative turn for Musgraves, but it really pays off. She has created an album that serves as a beautiful, stripped down acoustic companion to my favorite album of 2017, Paramore’s After Laughter. It’s a gorgeous set of songs that you have to hear as soon as possible.

 
The Best Songs: Slow Burn • Velvet Elvis • Space Cowboy

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