Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (MCA Nashville)
Kacey Musgraves has perfected the art of the country-pop crossover. Golden Hour creates its own grandiosity on its own terms. Its 13 tracks are delicate and inviting, but contain a powerfully cathartic ethos that can’t be replicated. Musgraves takes aim at topics that are relatable and powerfully approachable. On “High Horse” the singer digs deep into the wounds left behind by an ex-lover who’s too cool to show weakness. On “Lonely Weekend,” she tackles the pain of being single when you’re supposed to be having fun. The songs here are remarkably intimate, thanks in part to the accessibility of Musgraves’s performances. She doesn’t overwhelm, instead she pursues these tracks with the earnestness of a woman wise beyond her years.
Trial Track: “High Horse”