Album Review: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

I realise Golden Hour has been out for a couple of weeks now, but rather than write about Kacey Musgraves’ third and latest album, I was listening to it…over, and over and over again. Without even the slightest hint of hyperbole I have never, that I can remember, listened to an album so many times in a short space of time. I think I clocked in 6 complete listen throughs in the first 24 hours and that number had reached 10 by the end of 48 hours. I knew from hearing Space Cowboy and Butterflies which were released before the album, and songs such as Slow Burn and High Horse at Country to Country, that Golden Hour was going to be a different sound to her previous 2 albums. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how appealing that sound was going to be to me.

Album Review: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

As soon as the intro to Slow Burn kicks in I get a sense of calm, and then when Kacey’s trademark vocals kick in it’s as if I’ve been injected with happy juice, such is the feeling of pleasure I get from hearing her music. As much as I loved, and still do love, Same Trailer Different Park and Pageant Material they never elicited the feelings I get from hearing Golden Hour, which more than 2 weeks on now is still utter joy. I love that Kacey has given us something different with this album, and while it’s undeniably country (as much as labelling music seems almost redundant in an era where the lines defining them seem very blurred) we get a spacey cosmic sound, which given Kacey’s Instagram handle is spaceykacey, it was surely only on a matter of time. It’s not just musically that we see changes, as the lyrics are more reflective, mature and in songs such as Butterflies, blissfully happy. We haven’t lost the blunt and humorous observations that have been a trademark of Kacey’s previous music, as High Horse deals with that person that we all know, who manages to get eyes rolling every time they open their mouth – I know I do.

Whilst Space Cowboy is an absolute anthem, and sounded incredible live, filling The O2 with space country decadence, Mother tugs on the heartstrings like nothing else on Golden Hour, or anything I’ve heard in quite some time. If your Mother is still around, you’ll be calling her after hearing this. I was lucky, Golden Hour came out on Friday 30th and I was due to spend the weekend with my Mum (I don’t call her Mother so I’m returning to my own lexicon), so I didn’t have to wait long. Emotion is also in spades at the end of this album in the shape of the utterly sublime piano ballad Rainbow, a song that has been existence for a number of years, and to be honest, it fits so well on Golden Hour that I’m glad it was not released before now.

Kacey has such a gorgeous tone to her voice that the cliche of hearing her sing the phonebook most certainly applies, but with Golden Hour that’s not needed, and instead we have an album of beautiful songs that I personally can’t get enough of. I feel very encouraged that Kacey has evolved as an artist, written songs from the heart, and created the greatest album of her career so far. As a huge fan of Kacey Musgraves, I now know that no matter what direction her creativity goes, she’ll still be making music of the absolute highest quality, and selfishly, that makes me very happy. Kacey is on tour later this year and having tickets to see her at Wembley, knowing I’ll be hearing these songs live again, is bloody fantastic. Right now, as I write this blog post, and after listening to Golden Hour maybe 25 -30 times in the last weeks, possibly more, there is still no album I’d rather I’d listen to. Right now, Golden Hour is my favourite album OF ALL TIME, so congratulations on this masterpiece Kacey, and thank you.

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