It has been a HOT MINUTE since I published a Music Monday. But here I am!
One of my favorite artists and most prominent songwriting influences, Kacey Musgraves, released her third album last week, and of course I had to write about it. I’ve been waiting for Golden Hour for what feels like forever!
Right off the bat, this record takes on a very different vibe than the Dimestore Cowgirl Kacey we know and love. In interviews leading up to the album, Kacey described it as Neil Young-inspired, and “trippy”. I hear Neil’s influence immediately in the opening track, “Slow Burn” – my favorite song from the album – and in the title track “Golden Hour”. She definitely pushed herself with chord choice and progression structures on this record, which I love. The sound in its entirety feels very atmospheric, tapping into that trippy-ness Kacey referenced. I think of it as a “floating on a cloud” type of feeling, especially in tracks like “Space Cowboy” and “Oh, What A World”. And element of retro pop (and some disco!) is added in to the mix as well, coming through in “High Horse” and “Velvet Elvis”. However, we do get a taste of that signature Kacey songwriting we’ve known from the beginning in “Love Is A Wild Thing”, a sweet tribute to the complexities and power of love. Overall, I love the new sound she adopted for this record, and I’ll always appreciate her buttery melodies and lyrical honesty.
However, I must say that though I will always love Kacey, Golden Hour is definitely not a favorite of mine. I love tracks like “Slow Burn”, “Space Cowboy”, and “Golden Hour”, but I’ve also found myself pretty underwhelmed by quite a few others on this album. I feel indifferent about “Lonely Weekend” and “Wonder Woman”, and “High Horse” honestly just doesn’t do anything for me. However, as an artist myself, I totally respect and support the growth and change every artist goes through. Compared to Kacey’s past, Golden Hour is hardly a country album, but that’s okay, because Kacey is following her artistic impulses authentically and has crafted such a unique sound and message for herself in this third chapter. I will forever admire her incredible artistry and courage to be herself in everything she does. No matter where she goes, I will be listening to Kacey through every twist and turn.
Thank you for reading! If you give Golden Hour a try, feel free t leave a comment with your thoughts on the album. I’d love to hear!
Much love y’all, and happy listening.
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