12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kacey Musgraves knows how to wrap an intriguing story around an ear-snagging hook while capturing the rhythms of small-town life. Songs like “Silver Lining” and “Step Off” are notable for their delicate balance of hope and realism; “Stupid” and “It Is What It Is” face up to the hard truths behind romance with remarkable clarity. This is smart, superbly crafted, and truthful to its tuneful core.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Kacey Musgraves knows how to wrap an intriguing story around an ear-snagging hook while capturing the rhythms of small-town life. Songs like “Silver Lining” and “Step Off” are notable for their delicate balance of hope and realism; “Stupid” and “It Is What It Is” face up to the hard truths behind romance with remarkable clarity. This is smart, superbly crafted, and truthful to its tuneful core.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.9K Ratings
2.9K Ratings
Shaina Botwin ,

Kacey Musgraves is the FUTURE of country music!

Kacey is the future of country music. Plain and simple. This record is INCREDIBLE, let alone being the major label debut for a new female. If there was ever a new artist who showed signs of sticking around, it's Kacey Musgraves.

SteveP999 ,

Get ready for Kacey Mania

Being a big fan of the Texas Country music scene, I've known of Kacey for some time now and have been a fan for a long time. It's nice to see her get her big break and have people like Miranda Lambert giving her so much support. I've heard the comparasons to Taylor Swift. Yes, they both write songs. Yes, they are both young women. But Kacey's songwriting is in a whole other universe. Direct, clever, funny, unforgiving, and uncensored. You won't hear a song about "Tears on My Guitar" from Kasey. More like "Now He Has a Limp". The fact that she's a great musician and a great singer is just two more reasons she's miles ahead of seasoned Nashville veterans already. In three months - she'll be the first name mentioned in country music.

COOKECITYLOVERS ,

A League of Her Own

Country music lovers know two themes are enduring in the genre: the love of Jesus and the wrath of love-done-wrong. While Musgraves encompasses the tried-and-true ideas of the divine and the devil, she preaches in relation to a new target: the self. It's easy for female country singers to focus their inspiration on exterior sources (him and Him), as traditional gender roles may encourage... But what's happening here is completely self-contained and self-fulfilling. It's not filtered through gendered or political lenses as much as it just ... is. As simple as that seems, it is a giant feat... An honest one which is paradoxically beautiful in its roughness. It's balanced disorder. It's anxious contentment. It's life.

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