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

this is cool, but not quite as good as Little Big Town's comparable stuff

Heez, Friday, 6 April 2018 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel like she didn't write these songs for her own voice... she keeps reaching for high notes that don't seem to suit her range.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:54 (two months ago) Permalink

(NB - I can't sing or write songs for @#$%.)

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:55 (two months ago) Permalink

The pre-chorus of "Love Is a Wild Thing" really illustrates what I'm talking about, btw.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

i can't even wrap my mind around negative reax to this record

alpine static, Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:06 (two months ago) Permalink

this album is really great!

jaymc, Saturday, 7 April 2018 05:06 (two months ago) Permalink

wow the lyric video for "high horse" is like vaporwave.

jaymc, Saturday, 7 April 2018 05:09 (two months ago) Permalink

at first, i did think the "high horse" chorus melody felt stilted or forced somehow, but then i grew to love it. maybe in part because of the awkwardness?

jaymc, Saturday, 7 April 2018 05:13 (two months ago) Permalink

on my 3rd listen of the day, stunning album

niels, Sunday, 8 April 2018 14:36 (two months ago) Permalink

"mother" is such a weird little composition. its brevity catches me off guard every time.

dyl, Monday, 9 April 2018 02:52 (two months ago) Permalink

in tennessee the sun's going down / but in beijing they're heading out to work

Mordy, Monday, 9 April 2018 21:35 (two months ago) Permalink

That's the line that reminded me of Neil Young

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 01:24 (two months ago) Permalink

our reactions to 'slow burn':

me: 'this has a really stunning arrangement but i wish it changed up the basic bliss-out chord-sequence a bit more, we've heard it a zillion times'

tt: 'why not hear it another?'

it does modulate the third chord of the sequence nicely i guess

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh come on that chord change in Slow Burn is amazing and completely elevates the entire song, I could hear it again and again for much longer than the song lasts.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Fair enough.

Butterflies is really lovely too. More as we get it

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:13 (two months ago) Permalink

What I don't get is how Beck's Sea Change can get such a (wrongful) kicking in the recent poll of his albums, and yet this is widely lauded - they occupy a similar sonic space and vibe to me (this is more pop, and less orchestrated, obv)

I know this is one of my insane comparisons and Completely Rong etc but I can't shake it. It's a positive comparison at least!

Wonder Woman is another good song. High Horse less so

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Rainbow might be better if another high-profile female US popstar hadn't put out a piano ballad called, uh, Rainbow just a year ago, and it be quite a bit better than this. You played yourself Kacey!

That aside (and High Horse), this is a solid album with a couple of grand highlights

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:38 (two months ago) Permalink

'high-profile popstar' ok w/e

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:40 (two months ago) Permalink

"high profile," is that some sort of weed reference?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 11:39 (two months ago) Permalink

clearly the word "the" is a weed reference, being one letter off from THC

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 12:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Profile. Pro ... filé. Like, filé as in gumbo, filé aka powdered LEAVES. Profile=pro-pot.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh come on that chord change in Slow Burn is amazing and completely elevates the entire song, I could hear it again and again for much longer than the song lasts.

― Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:49 (six days ago) Permalink

I'm not sure I get what you guys talk about : the 3rd chord of the 4 chords sequence is the one you enjoy particularly ? I don't really see what's special about it.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 16 April 2018 13:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I think "Velvet Elvis" is my favorite song on this album... the lyrics are basic, but I really like the groove.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 16 April 2018 21:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Huh, pretty much the opposite for me. Sounds really clumsy to my ears

Number None, Monday, 16 April 2018 21:55 (two months ago) Permalink

It did to me too, when I first heard it! And yet somehow, here I am...

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 16 April 2018 21:57 (two months ago) Permalink

yah im with number none.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Monday, 16 April 2018 22:01 (two months ago) Permalink

my least favorite from first listen, too

alpine static, Monday, 16 April 2018 22:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Loving this record but I must say "Space Cowboy" is a skip, it was a clever pun the first time I heard it, but repeating the pun 63 times wears out the welcome.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Monday, 16 April 2018 22:31 (two months ago) Permalink

otm

"Velvet Elvis" works though

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2018 22:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Listening to Pageant Material now, and particularly digging "Good Ol' Boys Club" -- got some funk to it, reminds me of Bobbi Gentry.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 16 April 2018 22:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I guess the lesson is I most enjoy her songs that have some groove to them.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 16 April 2018 23:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I really like the latest album. Most of the melodies are great and the production is very nice but it's a bit too "clean" and the lyrics are pretty bland overall.
I think I prefer the previous one : the melodies may not be as good but it's more country and charming (and sounds less like Starbucks music) + the lyrics are much better and funnier.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I've been skipping "Velvet Elvis", yes, the dopiest song on here.

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:30 (two months ago) Permalink

There’s no accounting for taste, you guys! ;)

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:13 (two months ago) Permalink

"Velvet Elvis" probably stands out so much because it's a different team of songwriters, Natalie Hemby and this guy Kacey Musgraves - 2013 Anticipation

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure I get what you guys talk about : the 3rd chord of the 4 chords sequence is the one you enjoy particularly ?

It might not be that specific change, there is one particularly gorgeous moment in there though.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:41 (two months ago) Permalink

“Luke Dick”?

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:54 (two months ago) Permalink

It might not be that specific change, there is one particularly gorgeous moment in there though.

ah I suppose it's the middle 8 followed by the instrumental/orchestrated part with vocal harmonies (which is the same chord sequence as the rest of the song but with variations on the bass).
If that's what you have in mind, I agree !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:03 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Oh what a world. Damn

Dyslexicon (Ross), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 06:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Songs like high horse, Wonder Woman and velvet Elvis take this to the top for me

Roswell (Ross), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 10:35 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I love this record

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Sunday, 3 June 2018 13:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

chatter died down quickly, but i still play it every day or two

alpine static, Monday, 4 June 2018 07:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Perfect crossover between my daughters and I, so it's had a lot of play here, and holds up very well.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Monday, 4 June 2018 07:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i played it again last night! "slow burn" is probably my favorite song she's ever done now.

dyl, Monday, 4 June 2018 16:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

first 5 songs are perfect

alpine static, Monday, 4 June 2018 17:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've been trying to figure out which specific folk album this reminds me of for like a week now and have yet to really do it; Suzanne Vega is the closest I've come but musically that's not right, it's only her voice

― aloha darkness my old friend (katherine)

Does anyone get Josh Rouse vibes from Golden Hour - like the smooth, MOR sound from 1972 and Nashville?

aphoristical, Monday, 4 June 2018 22:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i can hear that, now that you mention it

i think Nashville is a super duper underrated record

alpine static, Monday, 4 June 2018 22:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Golden Hour is also perfect. Whole album is a real gem.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 4 June 2018 23:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my one qualm with "golden hour" is that "you're my golden hour" comes 3 songs after "you're my velvet elvis" but it's really a very beautiful song

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 5 June 2018 02:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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