Golden Hour may be the first true crossover album created by Kacey Musgraves, although she has never squarely fit in the country genre either. While Kacey’s previous efforts may not have been featured on pop radio, their tales of acid trips, same-sex relationships, and futurism were not exactly the stuff of Nashville either.
Her new album effortlessly offers the same themes, and flows just as effortlessly. On Golden Hour Kacey tells us her views on life, and we are happy to kickback and just absorb everything she has to say. She cleverly blends together country, folk, and pop in each song and by the end of the album you will be wondering how she is still just an intelligent icon of the musical scene, not a mainstream icon.
Songs like ‘Slow Burn’ almost have a Neil Young feel about them, allowing the listener to feel as if they are laying on the ground watching the clouds float by. Depending on whether they indulge in what Kacey drops hints about, a few more things may be floating by as well. Of course, that is the charm of the entire album, you don’t have to be on anything to enjoy the high that Kacey manages to evoke through her soulful lyrics and twisting melodies.
In a world where everyone is a ‘country bro,’ Kacey makes it okay to be a lost soul gently bumbling through life at her own pace.