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Golden Hour is a Golden Record
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2018
As usual, Kacey Musgraves absolutely knocks it out of the park, and I love every single song on this album! Wholesome, enjoyable, relaxing, and overall a solid album. Kacey has expanded on her sound compared to previous albums, adding in slightly more orchestration and alt-rock sounds like synths, electronic drums, more reverb, etc, but her core country sounds of acoustic guitars and banjos, are still very prominent. I'm not a big modern country fan, but her lyrics are fantastic, relatable, fun, and the content is original and nothing like the cliche bro-country rubbish littering the country scene today. Her voice is fantastic, exhibiting great control and confidence across her entire register; great highs and lows while not overdoing it. I'd say half of the songs are very chill and relaxed, while the other half are fairly upbeat and energetic. The entire album makes you want to sit back, put your feet up, light up some Mary Jane, smile, and bob your head.
For the vinyl version, the clear record is very nice with no warping, no pops, no skips, overall just a great pressing. The jacket is a gatefold with really great artwork. The mellow blue on the front and back really sets the tone for the entire album, feeling good, chill, and bright.
This has been my most anticipated album of the year so far, and it has gone above and beyond my expectations. Really great record.