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 (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 (four years ago) Permalink

omg 'stupid'

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

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

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

this album is fucking great

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

two weeks pass...

this fucking album

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

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

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

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

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

I'm going on Monday too. Excited!

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

I love the person/first one rhyme.

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


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

cover of CEe-Lo/Dangermouse's "Crazy" was really uncalled for

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 August 2017 16:34 (six months ago) Permalink

(wtf is that "mind Your Own Biscuits/and live will be gravy" song ugh).

The lead single from her last regular album.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 21 August 2017 17:17 (six months ago) Permalink

it wasn't a good album

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 August 2017 17:20 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah I didn't hear a lot of new stuff that grabbed me, apart from this one that had a fairly extended spacey instrumental intro. Pedal steel guitarist really does a lot of heavy lifting melodically, at least live.

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 August 2017 17:22 (six months ago) Permalink

IIRC, I read somewhere that outside of a few numbers she didn't really get to sit and write much new stuff for Pageant Material, so many of the songs on it were unrecorded ST,DP leftovers.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 21 August 2017 17:27 (six months ago) Permalink

both biscuits and pageant material are awesome

J0rdan S., Monday, 21 August 2017 17:57 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah. Beautiful production too

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 21 August 2017 19:17 (six months ago) Permalink

pageant material was not as good at stdp obviously but still better than i thought it would be. however "biscuits" is still horrendous and there are a couple others on the album that are close.

dyl, Monday, 21 August 2017 20:41 (six months ago) Permalink

I didn't even know she released a Christmas album until recently.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 August 2017 20:54 (six months ago) Permalink

she played some new tracks (saw her open for Willie on Thursday at the Shrine) that were outstanding. they sounded a bit more like Ashley Monroe, particularly her more midtempo Fleetwood Mac-ish work on The Blade.

nomar, Monday, 21 August 2017 20:59 (six months ago) Permalink

It was a treat to see her serenading alongside Kristofferson in a medley at the end of the show.

nomar, Monday, 21 August 2017 21:00 (six months ago) Permalink

looking fwd to her new album even tho i wasn't as into the last one. I mean, pageant material is good but in the way that also feels kind of like a retread. anthony hamilton was an artist who everyone i know who's heard him likes one album from—whichever one they hear first. Im hopeful shes not like that

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:36 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...


For the upcoming Golden Hour, due in early 2018, following her heart meant trying out new styles as well as writing some of the most honest and genuine tunes of her career. Though she once expressed interest in making a reggae or surf-rock album next, Musgraves describes her new LP as having a “trippy” twist, citing the Bee Gees, Sade, and Neil Young as influences. And while she’s often celebrated for her clever wordplay and witty turns of phrase about small-town life, Musgraves says she avoided wrapping every lyric “up in a little bow” in favor of more direct, reflective songwriting.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 20:44 (three months ago) Permalink


J0rdan S., Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:21 (three months ago) Permalink

thought you were gonna post the Ezra Koenig remarks

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Between the above and Little Big Town's "Lost In California", has the era of hillbilly Sade finally arrived?

Tim F, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 01:11 (three months ago) Permalink


Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 01:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Damn, Alf wasn't kidding: http://www.punchland.com/?post_type=post&p=89081

Part of that new approach was inspired by country star Kacey Musgraves, apparently. “I went with Ariel to see Kacey Musgraves at the Greek Theater in LA [in September 2016],” he says. “The thing I loved about it was it wasn’t too loud — I’m definitely becoming a cranky old man — so I could really hear every word. The music was really clear and her voice was really clear. I’m the type of person who has spent hours poring over the avant-garde poetic lyrics of certain songwriters, and there was something that felt so good [about how] from the first verse, you knew who was singing, who they were singing to, what kind of situation they were in. After the show I realized there’s not a ton of Vampire Weekend songs where you could listen to the first verse and immediately answer the question of who’s singing and who are they singing to.”

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 05:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Kacey's remarks make it sound like there's a great album in the making!

niels, Wednesday, 13 December 2017 06:03 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Out March 30th.

...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 23 February 2018 05:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

damn "space cowboy" is good

J0rdan S., Friday, 23 February 2018 06:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink


Butterflies is nice, too...though I can't figure out if I've heard it somehow or if it's just very 'Kacey Musgraves song'

alpine static, Friday, 23 February 2018 06:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

very promising! when was Space Cowboy released?

niels, Friday, 23 February 2018 07:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wow. both great, imo.

Nourry, Friday, 23 February 2018 11:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink


J0rdan S., Friday, 23 February 2018 15:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"space cowboy" in particular is beautifully arranged

dyl, Friday, 23 February 2018 15:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i'm not really sold on "butterflies" but whatever

J0rdan S., Friday, 23 February 2018 17:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Space Cowboy is terrific. Pageant Material didn't stick with me that much so I have hopes for this one.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink


Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

there's parts of "butterflies" that sound like 'redbone" and it trips me out

J0rdan S., Saturday, 24 February 2018 23:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Love the vocal delivery on “til you bought me out of my chrysalis”. Maybe part of how nice it sounds lies in it being a word you don’t normally hear in a pop song, eg ITS CENTRIFUGAL MOTION.

New songs are really promising, can’t wait for the album.

triggercut, Sunday, 25 February 2018 03:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

“space cowboy” is gorrrrgeous

k3vin k., Sunday, 25 February 2018 03:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yep. also it made me revisit sarah buxton's "space" which is still great too.

Heez, Sunday, 25 February 2018 04:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

velvet elvis sounds great


J0rdan S., Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

First two songs are excellent and showcase everything I love about her - clever, playful, and imaginative, and man can she write a hook. Her melodies have always stood out.

Worth noting that her supporting cast has changed a lot. Every song on the first two albums (with the exception of the Willie Nelson cover) were cowritten and produced by some combination of Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Brandy Clark, and/or Natalie Hemby. And there were a lot of other talented people in the room - Misa Arriaga (who seems to have split with her romantically & professionally), Charlie Worsham, Kree Harrison...

From what I can tell she's mostly collaborating with a new team, and a lot of her band has changed.

Interestingly, both of the two lead singles (and Velvet Elvis) were cowritten with the McAnally/Laird/Hemby, so I'm interested to see if the rest of the album holds up.

Indexed, Thursday, 1 March 2018 21:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't care for "Butterflies" but holy christ "Space Cowboy" is a great tune

Simon H., Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

space cowboy is a great track

i usually listen to albums on spotify before buying them but this one is not on there yet

F# A# (∞), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Album's out March 30th.

Simon H., Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm mildly anticipating it. I liked the debut, but she's the least interesting singer and writer of the Miranda Lambert Pack; certainly she's the pick for those who think Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, etc are too country.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 20:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what's the miranda lambert pack and why would I find something too country?

STDP is all time

niels, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i wasn't gonna go there but i don't find brandy clark particularly too country, she has a very dance-y/pop hits sound

F# A# (∞), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah KM is also the pick for those for who love country music but whose tastes run more to KM than Miranda Lambert or whoever - that's just the way taste runs. If Kacey also appeals to people who aren't that interested in country, that's cool with me.

Tim, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think Kacey is pretty country, at least as much as Monroe/Lambert/etc., all of whom have been pushing at the boundaries of pop and rock in imo more aggressive ways than the more chill Musgraves.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 22:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think so too - tbf Alfred didn't say she wasn't, Alfred said KM was the pick for people who found Brandy Clark and so on too country - I am guessing Alfred knows or reads such people and isn't strawmanning on some authenticity-is-better kick, because that's not really his game AFAICT.

Tim, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 22:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Authenticity? Moi? I'm wearing Target boat shoes.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 22:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Musgraves is Western swingier than the others, none of whom have been Austinites to my knowledge, and has alt/pop aspirations, but not sure why those are necessarily any less country/traditional than Lambert's rock tendencies or Monroe/Presley/Clark's sometimes-countrypolitan, which can sound particularly folky in Clark's non-Southern voice.

Moo Vaughn, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 01:02 (one week ago) Permalink

If we must rank, then I do prefer Monroe and Lambert a little bit (for different reasons) (Clark and Presley a little less - though I loved Wrangled from last year), but I think there's a risk of acting like all of these performers are doing the same thing, or focusing on the surface level stylistic differences rather than some of the more subtle differences between them. The biggest reason I can imagine someone loving Musgraves most of all is that (at least on STDP) she is arguably the tightest songwriter of the five, there's a "just so" elegance to tunes like "I Miss You" that really stands out to me at least; some listeners might dislike that of course, but it doesn't really map onto a more/less country continuum IMO.

(although based on the above-cited comment from Kacey about resisting wrapping up every lyric "in a little bow" this may actually be less true of her forthcoming album)

Tim F, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 01:38 (one week ago) Permalink

oooh Like a Rose is as tight if not tighter, I think.

IT's not that they're doing the same thing necessarily; they share songwriters and producers, though, which means a certain aesthetic concordance. Tom Petty and George Harrison and Roy Orbison were vastly different performers and songwriters, but Jeff Lynne's production made them sound like brothers, or at least Wilburys.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 01:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Not the greatest recording, but she posted a couple minutes of "Rainbow" from Glasgow. Missed this as the closer on the tracklist.

“Rainbow” will be on the new album March 30th 🌈☔️ I love this song so much. Was my Memaw’s favorite before she passed and we played it at her funeral. It’s for anyone with any kind of weight on their shoulders. pic.twitter.com/sXvLoKhmKL

— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) March 13, 2018

This is an older tune. Here's a couple of solo performances from 2013 and 2015:

Indexed, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:42 (one week ago) Permalink

yes i remember her performing that one when i saw her in 2013. it is a really nice song :)

dyl, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 22:22 (one week ago) Permalink

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