Very good country-pop album, overall -- "Slow Burn" is absolutely gorgeous and "Space Cowboy" and "Rainbow" are not far behind. If you enjoy any kind of popular music, do yourself a favor and listen to this album at least once.
Golden Hour is one of those albums that is pretty good the first time you listen to it. You latch onto "Slow Burn" and "High Horse," but as you keep listening your favorite song changes. One week it's "Space Cowboy," the next it's "Wonder Woman," next week it's "Love is a Wild Thing," and this goes on and on until you are listening to the whole album through and you're like, "Dang, this is one of the most wall-to-wall great albums I've heard in forever." This is country music for those people who "listen to anything but country."
Kasey Musgraves is the new voice in female country artists and this particular album was nominated for Album of the Year as well as Best Country Album. The album is mellow and sweet, but it didn't really sound like country music to me. It sounded more like gentle pop music. It is relaxing to listen to. -LA
I don't like much contemporary country, but I like this. If "Space Cowboy" isn't your jam, it should be.
Very nice album, great lyrics.....Really liked "Love is a wild thing", "Wonder woman", "Golden hour".....
Seriously one of the best releases of the year. Musgraves never has and probably never will follow the Nashville rules, and we get the benefits. In former days, "Slow Burn" would become a recognized classic, along with the album as a whole, and even though the world doesn't turn that way anymore, it doesn't change the fact that this is a stand-out.
There is enough genre-specific familiarity on this record to call it "pop country", but honestly that would be doing it a disservice. There are so many tasteful production and songwriting decisions on this record that set it apart from others in the genre. This record plays with aural space to give each song a great sense of depth and presence, with Musgraves' soft, emotional vocals tying each track together gracefully. I have been enamored with this record from the first listen, and intend to put many more miles on it. "High Horse" is a knockout disco-pop hit, with "Space Cowboy", "Velvet Elvis", and "Lonely Weekend" coming in as other highlights, but all tracks contribute to the album's overall trajectory. A great listen for pop, indie, and country lovers alike.
An early contender for my record of the year, Kacey Musgraves's lyrically inventive GOLDEN HOUR showcases her trademark sense of the bittersweet. "Butterflies," "Space Cowboy," and "Velvet Elvis" are my favorites, but there's not a bad track on here.
When creatives become happy, they often lose their bite. Such is the case here. Very few up tempo tunes with amazing lyrics leads to a pleasant but boring album.
Great for her but too bad for me. I’ll stick to the previous 2 “wonderfun” albums.
Kacey releases records, and this one is no exception. Contains stellar songwriting, disco-strings and beats, and, 70's vocals, and one of the best country tunes of the last five years in "Space Cowboy." Highly recommended.
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