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Golden Hour shimmers with the vivid colors that arrive when the sun starts to set, when familiar scenes achieve a sense of hyperreality. Such heightened emotions are a new aesthetic for Kacey Musgraves, who previously enlivened traditional country with her sly synthesis of old sounds and witty progressive lyrics. Musgraves barely winks on Golden Hour, disguising her newfound emotional candidness behind a gorgeous veneer of harmonies and synthesizers. Sonically, the album doesn't scan country. Whenever Musgraves makes an explicit nod to the past, she acknowledges the smooth grooves of yacht rock and the glitterball pulse of disco, styles that only have a tangential relationship with country but feel more welcome in a landscape where R&B and hip-hop are embraced by some of the biggest stars in country. Musgraves doesn't mine this vein, preferring a soft, blissed-out vibe to skittering rhythms and fleet rhymes. At their core, the songs on Golden Hour -- which Musgraves largely co-wrote with her co-producers Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian, but also featuring Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally, among other collaborators -- don't play with form: they are classic country constructions, simply given productions that ignore country conventions from either the present or the past. This is a fearless move, but Golden Hour is hardly confrontational. It's quietly confident, unfurling at its own leisurely gait, swaying between casual confessions and songs about faded love. The very sound of Golden Hour is seductive -- it's warm and enveloping, pitched halfway between heartbreak and healing -- but the album lingers in the mind because the songs are so sharp, buttressed by long, loping melodies and Musgraves' affectless soul-baring. Previously, her cleverness was her strong suit, but on Golden Hour she benefits from being direct, especially since this frankness anchors an album that sounds sweetly blissful, turning this record into the best kind of comfort: it soothes but is also a source of sustenance.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2018
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602567334453
catalogNumber: 002792102
Rank: 781


  1. Slow Burn
  2. Lonely Weekend
  3. Butterflies
  4. Oh, What a World
  5. Mother
  6. Love Is a Wild Thing
  7. Space Cowboy
  8. Happy & Sad
  9. Velvet Elvis
  10. Wonder Woman
  11. High Horse
  12. Golden Hour
  13. Rainbow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kacey Musgraves   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
David Davidson   Violin,Viola
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Daniel Tashian   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Classical Guitar,Vibes,fender rhodes,Soloist,Synthesizer Strings,Fender Stratocaster,Guitar (Baritone)
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Ian Fitchuk   Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocoder,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Juno
Justin Schipper   Pedal Steel Guitar
Todd Lombardo   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Classical Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Baritone)

Technical Credits

Natalie Hemby   Composer
Daniel Tashian   Composer,Programming,Producer,Digital Sampling
Shane McAnally   Composer
Luke Dick   Composer
Amy Wadge   Composer
Ian Fitchuk   Composer,Programming,Producer
Craig Alvin   Engineer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Trent Dabbs   Composer
Tom Schleiter   Composer
Kacey Musgraves   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Luke Laird   Composer
Jesse Frasure   Composer
Kelly Christine Sutton   Art Direction

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