Kacey Musgraves - 2013 Anticipation

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I never thought I'd be posting new thread in a ILM country anticipation thread. I was listening to an NPR podcast, where Ann Powers was discussing this single released by country singer Kacey Musgraves, called "Merry Go 'Round".

Maybe the album will turn out shit but this single will rank in my top 20 for 2013 for sure.


Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 4 March 2013 00:16 (eight years ago) link

it actually did pretty well in the Pazz & Jop 2012 singles. i was the first person to post it on ILM! but yeah, looking forward to the album! she was great on Fallon a couple weeks back.

some dude, Monday, 4 March 2013 00:21 (eight years ago) link

Merry Go Round is great, looking forward to this

Euler, Monday, 4 March 2013 02:04 (eight years ago) link

hearing this song on the radio has been nice

teledyldonix, Monday, 4 March 2013 04:48 (eight years ago) link

ann and another person were raving about the album proper on twitter; so stoked

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 4 March 2013 17:12 (eight years ago) link

i remember the first time i heard "Merry Go Round," the local country station was doing a 'hey it's 10pm let's throw a new song out there and see what they think' thing and i was like damn well this is different

Shuwopley (some dude), Monday, 4 March 2013 17:18 (eight years ago) link

Album is really, really good. I've got a long Spin review of that and Ashley Monroe's album (which I might like even more) running this week -- My two favorite albums of 2013 so far. (At least I think it's running this week -- deadline was last Thursday, and I already got the edit back.)

xhuxk, Monday, 4 March 2013 18:10 (eight years ago) link

this record is awesome; great review chuck

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 19:33 (eight years ago) link

follow yr arrow is...unexpected? even for 2013 country. in a good way.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 16 March 2013 07:55 (eight years ago) link

Sounds like a big crossover pop hit waiting to happen, in a good way.

you made me the queef of your fart (edwardo), Sunday, 17 March 2013 13:18 (eight years ago) link

I wasn't crazy about "Merry Go Round" but I'm looking forward to it.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 March 2013 14:19 (eight years ago) link

this album is pretty damn great huh

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:33 (eight years ago) link

also did you all know she co-wrote "mama's broken heart", the best song on miranda lambert's last album

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:33 (eight years ago) link

first impression: her VOICE. it's interesting cuz she's so detached - not in the blank sense, she's fully emotionally involved in her situations, but almost dispassionate, almost snotty. it's not a vocal stance i've heard much in country, it almost reminds me of...aimee mann or someone? it really works.

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:36 (eight years ago) link

Good album. "Blowin' Smoke" is a good safe choice for a second single; it'll sound good coming out of truck radios. But what's stopping her people from shipping a few promos of "Follow Your Arrow" to some non-country formats, I wonder. Maybe chucking a cheap lyric video on Youtube while they're at it.

you made me the queef of your fart (edwardo), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:12 (eight years ago) link

"follow your arrow" being a single would be so great!

i've only listened to the album twice since it came out yesterday but i love it already

teledyldonix, Thursday, 21 March 2013 06:43 (eight years ago) link

omg 'stupid'

j., Thursday, 21 March 2013 09:03 (eight years ago) link

i played this record over and over today. and sang!

j., Friday, 22 March 2013 04:43 (eight years ago) link

this album is fucking great

A$AP Rovi (J0rdan S.), Friday, 22 March 2013 17:21 (eight years ago) link

that standard of writing is basically "listened once, initial thoughts that i dumped on ilx"

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Friday, 22 March 2013 17:40 (eight years ago) link

His country writing is fraught. His last couple: Ashley Monroe: "how rare it is for a major-label Nashville hopeful to put this much care into every song" (nonsense). Pickler: "American Idol haunts this artistic breakthrough, a sense that she'll always sing what she's told no matter how many composition credits she bags" (so what?). The reviews argue that the songs and their performances are triumphs anyway; I question the assumptions that their Nashville and AI backgrounds would make us wary.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 March 2013 17:42 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

this fucking album

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:39 (eight years ago) link

"keep it to yourself" is so empathetic (like, she ends up in an unfulfilling booty call two songs later) that it's just ice cold

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:39 (eight years ago) link

instagrammy video for "merry go round" is interesting too, b/c that's def a route through which i can see her crossing over

"blowin' smoke" is so well constructed, like the first verse is such a red herring - you think it's going to be about kelly who escapes the small town but no it's about the waitresses who sneered at her but got stuck there forever (but pretty non-judgmental too)

"stupid" is just awesome. STUPID LOVE IS STUPID DON'T KNOW WHY WE ALWAYS DO IT. she's so over everything and i love it

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:42 (eight years ago) link

"Step Off" is a perfect little throwaway, quieter than Taylor Swift's "Mean."

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:42 (eight years ago) link

apparently "i miss you" lifts the tune from some radiohead song? w/vs she certainly improved it

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:42 (eight years ago) link

"Step Off" is a perfect little throwaway, quieter than Taylor Swift's "Mean."

kacey's over-everything attitude comes into its own there, like you really believe that it doesn't affect her even though she's troubled herself to write a whole song about it (whereas taylor - deliberately - gives the game away in the middle eight)

also helps "follow your arrow", like the line about kissing girls isn't there to Make A Point (well it is, but her delivery ensures it's not signposted heavy-handedly), it's there because duhhh

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:44 (eight years ago) link

this is my 2nd fav album of the year, anyway

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:45 (eight years ago) link

I was driving around DC listening to the local country station when I heard "Blowin' Smoke" for the first time. I had no idea who it was by, but made a note to find out. The next day or so I randomly came across two reviews of Musgraves, so I made a note to buy the album when I got home. Then when I played the album and heard "Blowin' Smoke" I though, huh, that's really how this is supposed to work, right? Hear a song on the radio, read a couple of reviews, get rewarded with a great record.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 13:47 (eight years ago) link

Playing in London next Monday. Tempted to go. The album is very good.

Des Fusils Pour Banter (ShariVari), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:18 (eight years ago) link

apparently "i miss you" lifts the tune from some radiohead song? w/vs she certainly improved it

― flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Man, I don't give much of a shit about Radiohead, but "apparently"?

how's life, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:27 (eight years ago) link

well i can only remember how about two radiohead songs actually go!

def gonna try to reach on mon

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:29 (eight years ago) link

Sounds as much like Radiohead as Radiohead sounds like The Hollies.

MarkoP, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:39 (eight years ago) link

Creep sounds a lot like that Hollies song. I noticed it the first time I heard it.

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:43 (eight years ago) link

closest radiohead analogue i could think of was "nude" which is ridiculous

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:43 (eight years ago) link

seeing her monday :D

but it's a waste of breath and it's a waste of time i know

buenos noches, do not approach us (uberweiss), Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:57 (eight years ago) link

tremendous album. "Follow Your Arrow" is my least favorite song, though, when it opens it sounds like she's deliberately trying to rewrite "Merry Go Round."

some dude, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 19:27 (eight years ago) link

I'm going on Monday too. Excited!

Tim, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 19:36 (eight years ago) link

I love the person/first one rhyme.

how's life, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 20:06 (eight years ago) link

loving this. 'merry go round' is a little to clever for its own good imo. blowing smoke & i miss you are incredible

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:35 (eight years ago) link


j., Thursday, 11 April 2013 04:23 (eight years ago) link

Been enjoying this album. In Merry Go 'Round, I first heard the "Mary two doors down" line as "Mary Tudor's down" and thought she might really be reaching with a 16th century reference in there.

Bobby McFerrin, Quantum Physicist (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 11 April 2013 05:28 (eight years ago) link

this album is great! the opener, "Silver Lining", is killing me: the chorus' melody is the catchiest thing I've heard all year. I love the sound of her voice.

is there any feeling that the album's going to be a hit? it seems pretty low key for that. like it reminds me as a really well crafted take on the alt.country tunes I jammed in the 90s; & we know how that was received by Nashville.

Euler, Friday, 12 April 2013 13:40 (eight years ago) link

huh, wiki says that "Merry Go Round" has sold 524,000 copies already. if so, whoa! yeah, that's a hit

Euler, Friday, 12 April 2013 13:44 (eight years ago) link

it debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 (behind the Timberlake juggernaut) xp

Rapper Boy (some dude), Friday, 12 April 2013 13:44 (eight years ago) link

shit, yeah, just saw that too, #1 country too. that's great!

love the plunk-plunk sound of the guitar on "Dandelion"

Euler, Friday, 12 April 2013 13:47 (eight years ago) link

“good wife” is sophistipop

― STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, September 10, 2021 8:29 AM (thirty-five minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is a sophistipop album

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 10 September 2021 16:07 (one week ago) link

Need to listen to this a few more times but agree with Brad about the second half and he didn't even mention "hookup scene"

Indexed, Friday, 10 September 2021 16:48 (one week ago) link

I agree about the second half.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 September 2021 16:49 (one week ago) link

(pronouns are they/she btw, working on the latter half of that) xp

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 10 September 2021 16:50 (one week ago) link

god "hookup scene" is so good

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 10 September 2021 16:50 (one week ago) link

Apologies and noted!

Seems like some of the criticism I've read has focused on the lyrics being too plain, lacking in the witty double-entendres and playful cliches she's deployed across her work. The cosmic, sunbathed, iridescent sound of Golden Hour was also innovative and fresh and felt like a new space for both pop and country...I don't think this is different in kind but clearly "radiance" was not what they were going for on her divorce record.

Personally, while I truly adore those first three records, I found the cute cliches were wearing thin with writers like Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Brandy Clark leaning into them too often. I like how writers like Emily Scott Robinson and Katie Pruitt are writing searing personal stories with plain spoken words from distinct POVs and was hoping to hear more Kacey in this record. Going to have to give it another spin but the melodies seemed perfectly strong to me...

Indexed, Friday, 10 September 2021 17:21 (one week ago) link

I'm not a fan, but thought I'd listen in light of these comments. I agree with those saying the songs feel more like sketches or almost-songs that could have used fleshing-out.

(The lyrics are also awful, IMO, and she is not a good singer)

tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Friday, 10 September 2021 17:26 (one week ago) link

this album rules, brad otm. 'there is a light' is balearic af, her audience doesn't deserve her

nb my only previous exp with kacey musgraves is enjoying slow burn and high horse and not getting into the rest of the album

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 10 September 2021 17:50 (one week ago) link

“good wife” is sophistipop

specifically it really reminds me of the last natalie prass album and i wish the album as a whole pushed more in that direction. i am a big fan of the sophisti-pop & balearic touches across the album just wish they were stronger if anything

ufo, Friday, 10 September 2021 21:29 (one week ago) link

the first 4 songs leave me pretty cold but this really kicks into gear right around "justified". "breadwinner" in particular is awesome -- it's really the inverse of "high horse" in that she's on her's but also bcuz the production feels organic and detailed as opposed to sounding like she opened up a 99 cent can of something labeled "disco." from "camera roll" on i think the songs start to map along the contours of her past music in a way that feels familiar and comfortable. "easier said" and "hookup scene" have an ease of motion between sections that feels trademark her even if the arrangements and lyrics are going somewhere new, a bit more broad.

that initial section it feels like they're spinning their wheels in terms of the production but as the album goes on it does take on a distinct form that is different from golden hour imo, it's more layered, a bit knottier, but also i think they got better at what they're trying to do in several places. "breadwinner" and "there is a light" (practically a todd terje song!) stand out as tracks that actually make golden hour feel like a prelude to something richer, which i didn't think was going to be possible going into this album.

J0rdan S., Friday, 10 September 2021 23:10 (one week ago) link

there's a tiny bit of the flute solo in "there is a light" that sounds like it's referencing the flute riff in "down under". thankfully not the part they got sued over though, hope men at work don't sue her either.

ufo, Friday, 10 September 2021 23:41 (one week ago) link

i want to be clear that i do quite like this album, just have probably been a little harsh bc it's following up a masterpiece & there's so many ways this one could have been much greater instead of just merely good. i really miss the bridges & instrumental breaks that gave the songs on golden hour more room to breathe & more of that would have fit so well with the vibe she's going for here. "there is a light" is one of the few moments where it really goes for that & it's a real highlight as a result. "good wife", "if this was a movie", "angel", "camera roll", "easier said" and "hookup scene" are all really good too.

i still really dislike "simple times" though it's so plodding & stilted it makes me think of weezer at their most mediocre

ufo, Saturday, 11 September 2021 12:13 (one week ago) link

metaltxt is an ILXOR, right? who is it?

akm, Saturday, 11 September 2021 17:05 (one week ago) link

I honestly didn't even know she *was* married

for whatever it's worth, her ex's last two albums are *excellent* if you have any interest in hooky Americana/rock songs about being a major fuck-up and feeling bad about being a major fuck-up and trying to move past being a major fuck-up. both are among my most-played albums of the past few years:

Dying Star (2018): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_myPyJ2Mth_R-_RXKOgIfs3OHYnkA_CCn8

Shape & Destroy (2020): https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1byb4iuVdwKRYTfnB8RVR6qCDLV0hHwt

He has not yet made a divorce record ... I assume that is coming next, or he'll just push it all down and continue to write about what he's been writing about.

alpine static, Saturday, 11 September 2021 18:28 (one week ago) link

Cool, will listen! I should have expected better of Musgraves, but I just figured he was some bro-country Blake Shelton type or something. Of course, now she us dating some marketer/model/influencer or something, right? That's a business card I can't get behind.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 September 2021 18:35 (one week ago) link

He's definitely not bro-country. He's also not exactly endearing in a warm and fuzzy cutesy faux-indie Kacey Musgraves sort of way. He seems like he's been through some tough stuff and he has a chip on his shoulder.

He may not be for you, of course. I just think he's got a lot of great melodic ideas and his lyrics are good enough for me.

The first half of Dying Star is particularly strong, imo. Shape & Destroy doesn't reach quite the same heights, but is more consistent.

On the latter in particular, you can hear his love of punk and emo coming through loud and clear in places. And in between the albums, he released an EP of covers: Dashboard, Saves the Day, Blink-182, "Teenage Dirtbag" ... and he did a good (faithful) job w/ Taylor's "All Too Well" ... they're all in this playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1byb4iuVdwKBZcinPCnjaOwL8ENS5GS3

alpine static, Saturday, 11 September 2021 19:41 (one week ago) link

i do think he released one of the 15ish best albums of 2018, but not even the best album to come out of his household at the time.

anyway, back to Kacey. maybe someday there will be a Ruston Kelly thread...

alpine static, Saturday, 11 September 2021 19:44 (one week ago) link

“If this was a movie” sounds like Lori Carson

akm, Saturday, 11 September 2021 22:08 (one week ago) link

So I was right about "Justified," I was happy for it to show up in the run of the album. That chorus is a kicker. I like the album overall, I would love for it to be more space disco. Maybe there will be remixes.

Finally listening to this, it's ... fine. I think "Camera Roll" (playing now) is the only that's kind of clicked with me so far. I agree the songs sounds too weirdly underdeveloped. I think it intriguing that Alfred brought up Low, because those songs on the new album are super spare and simple yet the group found novel ways to expand them and make them interesting. Here it all feels kind of abrupt.

Anyway, my wife's hot take (especially after meh reactions to Waxahatchee and Faye Webster yesterday): "why does everyone have to be so quiet and boring?"

BTW, my fave overlooked country break-up album is Allison Moorer's "The Hardest Part."

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:01 (six days ago) link

You at Pitchfork, Josh? I'm at a loss wondering how Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, and Angel Olsen were the late afternoon/early evening acts.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:44 (six days ago) link

I was there for a few hours Friday and a couple of hours yesterday, but I think I'm staying home today, as much as it would be nice to connect with any of you folks who are there. Those more chill acts did draw audiences, maybe to my surprise, though Bridgers is against all odds a star. I didn't stick around, but I heard lots of good things about St Vincent last night.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:51 (six days ago) link

Josh's wife otm. I wasn't sure if it's a phase I am in or if everyone is getting softer and slower (and, in most cases, more boring).

alpine static, Sunday, 12 September 2021 18:43 (six days ago) link

IMO, quiet(er) and focused/intense has sounded good this year (Billie, Olivia, Lambert & co)… but I know “boring” can be relative.

tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Sunday, 12 September 2021 20:08 (six days ago) link

I like boring, and boring can be great to listen to. But it's a lot easier to sing along with something when it's not boring, because boring also lends itself well to background, at which point it's competing with everything else in the background too.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 September 2021 20:30 (six days ago) link

I don’t love everything on this album but I do love the flute jam

in a bar, under the (seandalai), Monday, 13 September 2021 21:35 (five days ago) link

"Easier Said" feels like an instant modern standard in the same way "Butterflies" did by the second listen.

This is an extremely rare case where an artist's preceding album hit me so hard (after already deeply enjoying her first two albums) that I fully expected this one to be a letdown on some level. Aside from the opening track being the weakest, damn near everything here is astounding: the crystalline production (the guitars!), brief earwormy snippets (e.g. the spoken refrain in "There is a Light"), evocative yet more universal lyricism (anyone else enjoy contrasting the Beijing line in "Slow Burn" to the Tokyo reference in "Cherry Blossom"?), thematic consistency/the genuinely earned sense of melancholy, & her incomparably godhead voice.

Was odd seeing her interviewed by Stephen Colbert on Thursday only b/c she didn't play a song afterward. She was charming like always though. Doubt that playing the title track at the VMAs earned her the new fans she deserves. And it doesn't look like her winter tour is selling well, but playing NBA arenas was probably a bit of a reach. So it goes.

Anyone pick it up on vinyl yet? Releasing it on four different colors is silly. Nonetheless, hoping to grab a copy tomorrow.

Wally P. Doyle, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 05:24 (four days ago) link

My anecdotal take is that one's reaction to this one is directly related to one's reaction to the last one. If someone thought Golden Hour was the Best Album Ever, they will probably love this as more of the same. If they thought Golden Hour was a step down (or away) from the first two, then they may not like this one that much, either. I wonder if this fits with the first album theory, that one's take on an act often depends on which album in the discography they heard first?

it doesn't look like her winter tour is selling well

You mean because they haven't instantly sold out? Could also be because she is charging superstar prices, $150 (plus fees) for modest seats in an arena (even more for better). Could also be covid, but it's probably the big leap up in venue size plus the high price.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 13:02 (four days ago) link

who thought Golden Hour the Best Album Ever?

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 13:17 (four days ago) link

I dunno, I got the feeling the album received a ton of love and was at least considered by many to be a breakthrough, minting a bunch of Kacey Musgraves fans that weren't necessarily there for the first albums, winning the Grammy for Album of the Year, made her a style icon and/or star, etc. I assume it's why she is touring arenas and not clubs (or even theatres). Last place I saw her was behind Pageant Material, and it was ... 1500 seats?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 13:28 (four days ago) link

$150 for arena seats? I love Kacey but even with COVID out of the equation I wouldn't pay that much to see her.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:08 (four days ago) link

And those are the mid, 200 level seats and far back floor! United Center nosebleeds are closer to $70 each, before fees.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:11 (four days ago) link

I mean, good for her, but I guess I didn't realize she was at that level quite yet.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:15 (four days ago) link

She played the Chicago Theatre in March 2019. I totally forgot she was a Lollapalooza headliner that summer. Regardless, ever since bands like the Arcade Fire and Black Keys and Bon Iver started playing the United Center I have no idea what even constitutes an arena act anymore.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:20 (four days ago) link

That's nuts. Seen her a few times and don't think I ever paid more than $30, albeit pre-Golden Hour.

Indexed, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:43 (four days ago) link

I mean ... she's probably 5X bigger now than she was pre-Golden Hour. Maybe more.

$150 is obviously a lot for a ticket, but considering what some second- and third-tier acts charge in my city, I ain't even blinking at $70 (before fees) just to get in the room.

alpine static, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:17 (four days ago) link

the issue here tho is that shes just... not very good live

a talented ‘Rebel’ with Balls (Spottie), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:36 (four days ago) link

She's good enough, but (go figure) pretty chill. The first time I saw her, in a tiny club in 2013, she covered Weezer. Could not imagine her in an arena, but if I've learned anything over the years it's that good, bad or indifferent live, once a band clicks with a big block of fans they'll react to you like you're the Beatles no matter how you do on stage.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:46 (four days ago) link

If it was the Milwaukee show, I was there, too. (Don't remember her playing Chicago that tour?)

Caramanica review:

Indexed, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:55 (four days ago) link

i can't believe anyone thinks "butterflies" is this classic masterpiece of a song

dyl, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 00:51 (three days ago) link

xpost She played Joe's Pub here. I won a poster!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 01:26 (three days ago) link

"butterflies" is easily one of the weakest on golden hour yeah but it's still fine

ufo, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:33 (three days ago) link

“butterflies” is kinda the skeleton key of sorts to golden hour for me in that it really should be a chintzy, grating song but there’s all these little production flourishes and an overall grace and lightness of touch throughout that make it not just tolerable but enjoyable for me. it’s still prob in the bottom 3 or 4 on the album if i was ranking but it’s the one i look at and say “i should hate this but they were so locked in that it really works”

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 15 September 2021 05:26 (three days ago) link

yeah i agree with that

ufo, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 06:04 (three days ago) link

"Love Is a Wild Thing" is the best

we could poll the album(s)

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 07:19 (three days ago) link

Butterflies is a bright blissful moment and rather in the top 4-5 for me - if it makes any sense to rank songs here. I think it takes talent to make a song so simple and striking, and you really need the voice if you bring it in the spotlight with so light an instrumentation. A little bit like Newsom's having Easy and '81 to open HOOM.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 07:58 (three days ago) link

There was a good Switched on Pop about "Butterflies" that talked about how the production mirrored the lyrics in a bunch of subtle and creative ways.

@Josh, don't know how I missed that...we (and probably half of the audience) got to do the meet and greet in Milwaukee, which is a fun little time capsule to look back on.

Indexed, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:37 (three days ago) link

lol not "Joe's Pub," here it's just "Joe's on Weed," iirc, my bad. Only time I've been there. Right by Improv Olympics (I think?) and a few gentlemen's clubs.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:07 (three days ago) link

Yeah, I knew what you meant :)

Indexed, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:19 (three days ago) link

i saw her at the Apollo. Good show!
i do not like this album at all unfortunately.

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