Well, there are country-sounding songs in this magnificent album of Kacey Musgraves called aptly Golden Hour. But, like many artists nowadays, their compunction to strictly follow the tenets of the genres they have been assigned to, are not followed at all and these artists simply do as they please. Sometimes, they bend those genres the way they want – infusing whoever influenced them in making their album - so don’t be surprised if I say some of her songs sounds like pop music. In her interviews for this album, Kacey mentioned her influences for this album to be Sade, Imogen Heap, the Bee Gees, Selena and the band Tame Impala. When I read it, I said “Oh, ok, why am I not surprised?” Anyhow, just like the verdict of the Recording Academy who has given this album the coveted Grammy award for 2019 Album of the Year, I daresay, I agree wholeheartedly with their decision (although I did say in an earlier narrative that I voted for Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer). This is simply, a beautiful album – if that simple adjective can encompass all the beauty and the lightness and the positivity and the sonic trip I took while listening to this gem. I was actually sitting in a café in a normally busy street right smack in the university belt of my home city. Since it was a Sunday morning, traffic was sparse and it took some time for that part of the city to wake up, being it a Sunday and all. As soon as I put my earphones and played this album, it was as if the hairs on my body started to stand like I was electrified! But this was not a rock album or a hard rock album for that matter. I think it was the smooth music (Sade), the harmonious vocals (Bee Gees), the interesting sonic-scape she created (Tame Impala), the youthful bounce of her supposedly country twanged music (Selena), and the intimate songwriting style (Imogen Heap) she has consistently been using since album #1 (this is album #3). If you noticed, I put where I think the influencers she mentioned in her previous interviews have influenced her – in what aspect. At least, that gives me a clearer understanding of her vision for this album.
Released in 2018, 13 tracks, 46 min
Kacey Musgraves has long been hailed as one of the only young traditionalists in country music, ever since her debut single “Merry Go ‘Round” in 2012. But Golden Hour, her first album in three years, took a little bit of a different turn, steering away from the bluegrass and roots-influenced music of her past. A surprise to many, an inevitable shift for some, but there shouldn’t be an expectation that artists will stay the same their whole career. That’s not embracing tradition, that’s embracing stagnation. Country music has a reputation for being particularly choosey about what and who falls under the sacred label “country music,” so any artist that attempts to push the boundaries a bit is sure to face a wave of backlash. Women in country have it especially bad. Men in country music lean on pop and hip hop sounds all the time, but when a woman does the same thing, there’s more criticism, a result of a hopelessly sexist system. But this is no time nor place to delve deeply into the severely screwed up industry that is the country music business. And luckily for us, Musgraves has never been one to shy away from doing what she wants in the fear of receiving backlash, and this record is no exception.
Personally, I am not a fan of country music. I never have been and I don’t ever foresee myself ever deciding I want to jam out to a country album. However, after Coachella weekend 1, my twitter feed was consumed with the video of Kacey Musgraves getting her California crowd to ‘yee-haw’ and I knew instantly I needed to give her a chance. So here I am. Kacey has been making a big wave in her music and I can’t seem to go on social media without seeing her or hearing about her and her album Golden Hour. Golden Hour is her third album of what she describes as ‘cosmic country.’ Now, I am from the south were we have old country and new country, I have never heard of cosmic country, but it sounds delightful.
It’s a tale as old as time: “I love music, I listen to every genre…well, everything but Country” – For years, Country music was a completely different world separate from the rest of the music industry, plagued by cultural differences, racist stereotypes & all manner of unwarranted negativity from listeners on the outside. As the genre drifted further & further towards straight-up Pop in the early- to mid-teens, there was naturally much more positive reception from audiences, but this came at the cost of the soul of Country itself, as all the twang, aching hearts & true musicianship faded from view entirely – Then, like a beacon of hope, Kacey Musgraves released Golden Hour & shook the earth beneath literally everyone’s feet.
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- Mar 30, 2018
- MCA Nashville
- Daniel Tashian
- Ian Fitchuk
- Kacey Musgraves
Golden Hour is the fourth major label album by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves, released on March 30, 2018, through MCA Nashville. Musgraves co-wrote all 13 tracks and co-produced the album with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 and has since been widely acclaimed by music critics.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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