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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJjeWDvh6J0

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 4 March 2013 00:16 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

Merry Go Round is great, looking forward to this

Euler, Monday, 4 March 2013 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

hearing this song on the radio has been nice

teledyldonix, Monday, 4 March 2013 04:48 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

this record is awesome; great review chuck

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

this album is pretty damn great huh

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

omg 'stupid'

j., Thursday, 21 March 2013 09:03 (five years ago) Permalink

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

j., Friday, 22 March 2013 04:43 (five years ago) Permalink

this album is fucking great

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this fucking album

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

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

"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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

MarkoP, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Poliopolice, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 17:43 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm going on Monday too. Excited!

Tim, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 19:36 (five years ago) Permalink

I love the person/first one rhyme.

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

<3

j., Thursday, 11 April 2013 04:23 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (five years ago) Permalink

How so

yes, said (Ross), Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:47 (four months ago) Permalink

i guess 'of-a-lo' and 'it's-a-lo' are similarly placed and basically equivalent melodically

dyl, Sunday, 2 September 2018 17:32 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

album rules

it's very existential really, kinda zen, I really hope she's got a long career ahead of her

niels, Thursday, 4 October 2018 07:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Amazing record - occasionally I turn it up and am swept away. Still got no time for “Space Cowboy” and “Velvet Elvis” grates sometimes.

Anyone who loves this, I can recommend “Same Trailer Different Park” - some killer songs there.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:00 (three months ago) Permalink

I wish I loved this record. Her wan approach kills it.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:11 (three months ago) Permalink

stoned, immaculate

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:12 (three months ago) Permalink

love this album i even have time for space cowboy

Mordy, Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:39 (three months ago) Permalink

What does "wan approach" mean ? (sorry, tried to look it up but only got tech explanations, which I doubt are related to the matter !)

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Same Trailer is certainly all time

niels, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:08 (three months ago) Permalink

this album was the biggest musical surprise for me this year.I had never heard of her until High Horse came up on my Release Radar so i went to the album and just fell in love with the production and vibe.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:47 (three months ago) Permalink

What does "wan approach" mean ? (sorry, tried to look it up but only got tech explanations, which I doubt are related to the matter !)

― AlXTC from Paris

Her singing.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Ah ok, so you don't like her voice/singing ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 4 October 2018 14:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Her "wan approach" is actually a perfect fit for the songs, the production and the all-around vibe. Her performance completes the album.

IMO, of course.

alpine static, Thursday, 4 October 2018 17:46 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah it's hard for me to imagine the album with more powerful/commanding vocals? i do think that something like "rainbow" also really benefits from a certain narrowness of range. the whole album is just sort of meditative, even the real emotional moments

J0rdan S., Thursday, 4 October 2018 18:01 (three months ago) Permalink

probably album of the year, every time i come back to it i get a lovebuzz

flopson, Thursday, 4 October 2018 23:35 (three months ago) Permalink

I would rank :
1/ Pageant Material : great songs, melodies, lyrics , production
2/ Golden Hour : amazing production and arrangements, fantastic melodies but the lyrics are a bit impersonal/generic love songs(and less fun)
3/ Same Trailer Different Park : very nice songs, cute/clever lyrics, great first album
And I love her voice. It's strong and emotional.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 14:36 (three months ago) Permalink

my ranking would be opposite but it's all good

niels, Friday, 5 October 2018 15:33 (three months ago) Permalink

You can't be everybody's cup of tea !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 15:37 (three months ago) Permalink

Pageant material is def her weakest ! Also kind of a rehash of same trailer

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 5 October 2018 15:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it has enough keepers for an excellent EP but it felt like it needed more time in the oven

Number None, Friday, 5 October 2018 15:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Really !? I think it has so many great songs ! More than Trailer and deeper/more interesting than Golden Hour...

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:24 (three months ago) Permalink

GH has the best melodies and production/arrangements though

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:26 (three months ago) Permalink

I erased Pageant Material, kept two songs.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 October 2018 16:27 (three months ago) Permalink

She’s such a great melodist

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Well if you don’t like her voice, I suppose it’s more difficult to enjoy her work ! How many songs did you keep from GH ?

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Did you keep "Late To The Party"?

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 October 2018 16:35 (three months ago) Permalink

The first four sound good to me but LTTP is definitely a level above

Number None, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:36 (three months ago) Permalink

"Dime Store Cowgirl" and the title track are good, but the three PM essentials for me are "Die Fun", "Miserable" and "Late to the Party".

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 5 October 2018 16:44 (three months ago) Permalink

I really love the debut, hated that Mind Your Own Biscuits song so much I never got Pageant Material, and her recent singles' Dolly-goes-disco steez I appreciate in theory but it's not really the kind of thing that plays to her strengths imo.

Οὖτις, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:47 (three months ago) Permalink

« Die Fun » is so good

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 18:28 (three months ago) Permalink

i liked pageant material a lot at the time -- i listened to it again earlier this year and i still see the charm in it but it's seems clearly her third best album to me. i still appreciate it tho bcuz she was mining a very specific set of her influences. but the songs on "same trailer" are more clever and from a production/songwriting standpoint golden hour is like, in another strata

J0rdan S., Friday, 5 October 2018 18:47 (three months ago) Permalink

when she hits the chorus on "Golden Hour" it's the most blissful thing imo

omar little, Friday, 5 October 2018 18:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Basically, I simply like her work a lot, mostly the 2nd and latest albums (I like the 1st one but less).
I don’t really understand how one can love the 1st one and hate the 2nd one (or vice versa) though... they’re so close !
The 3rd one is something else : less country, more mainstream pop, so I can understand how one could like it but dislike her previous output.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 22:42 (three months ago) Permalink

I like this album a lot but I also miss"Blowin' Smoke" Kacey

Heez, Friday, 12 October 2018 02:32 (three months ago) Permalink

I think I like each album less than the first but love them all.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 12 October 2018 02:37 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I’ve seen this discussed as a potential Album of the Year (Grammy) nominee.... which surprised me, but we’ll find out on Dec. 5.

too busy or too stoned (morrisp), Saturday, 3 November 2018 05:28 (two months ago) Permalink

why doesn't the new album have its own thread?

Trϵϵship, Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:55 (two months ago) Permalink

POLLden hour is surely coming soon

Heez, Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:59 (two months ago) Permalink

cma album of the year

dyl, Friday, 16 November 2018 02:55 (two months ago) Permalink

That’s cool; I would have thought it’s not “Country” enough.

verlaine & rambo (morrisp), Friday, 16 November 2018 03:46 (two months ago) Permalink

pretty cool given how hitless it was

J0rdan S., Friday, 16 November 2018 03:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Didn’t CMA give Stapleton awards before he had hits?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:46 (two months ago) Permalink

But yeah pretty cool

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Bentley's The Mountain was a better album but I'm quite alone on that one lol. I know it has supporters on the country thread.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 November 2018 02:04 (two months ago) Permalink

every time i come back to it i get a lovebuzz

j., Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:18 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

She’s such a great melodist

― AlXTC from Paris, Friday, October 5, 2018 11:28 AM (two months ago)

i haven't actually listened to this all that much this year, but every time i did the songs, lots of them, would just pop into my head for days and days afterward, it's really something

j., Sunday, 23 December 2018 16:44 (one month ago) Permalink

this is underrated imo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDZV_iageM8

Number None, Monday, 24 December 2018 00:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah her Xmas album has got a lot of play from us the last two years

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Monday, 24 December 2018 03:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Oh wow thanks for the suggestion !
I had never considered listening to her xmas album since I don’t care about these things in general but it’s charming and great !
Glad to have this addition to her catalogue !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 24 December 2018 13:58 (four weeks ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

on a drudge work day, this album is like a drug

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 18 January 2019 04:19 (five days ago) Permalink


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