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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) link

Merry Go Round is great, looking forward to this

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

hearing this song on the radio has been nice

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

this record is awesome; great review chuck

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

this album is pretty damn great huh

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

omg 'stupid'

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

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

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

this album is fucking great

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

two weeks pass...

this fucking album

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

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

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

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

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

I'm going on Monday too. Excited!

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

I love the person/first one rhyme.

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


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

GH has the best melodies and production/arrangements though

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:26 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

She’s such a great melodist

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:28 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

Did you keep "Late To The Party"?

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 October 2018 16:35 (one year ago) link

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

Number None, Friday, 5 October 2018 16:36 (one year ago) link

"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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

« Die Fun » is so good

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 October 2018 18:28 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

omar little, Friday, 5 October 2018 18:52 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

Heez, Friday, 12 October 2018 02:32 (one year ago) link

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

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 12 October 2018 02:37 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

Trϵϵship, Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:55 (one year ago) link

POLLden hour is surely coming soon

Heez, Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:59 (one year ago) link

cma album of the year

dyl, Friday, 16 November 2018 02:55 (one year ago) link

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

verlaine & rambo (morrisp), Friday, 16 November 2018 03:46 (one year ago) link

pretty cool given how hitless it was

J0rdan S., Friday, 16 November 2018 03:50 (one year ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:46 (one year ago) link

But yeah pretty cool

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:51 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

every time i come back to it i get a lovebuzz

j., Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:18 (one year ago) link

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 year ago) link

this is underrated imo


Number None, Monday, 24 December 2018 00:54 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

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

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 18 January 2019 04:19 (one year ago) link

Cancelled tomorrow night's show. She cited cold weather, I cite diva.


Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:41 (one year ago) link

She's from East Texas, where it gets to 19 Degrees for one night every 4 years.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:50 (one year ago) link

I know, I get it. But she's not playing outside.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 21:07 (one year ago) link

jes thinkin of the fans

j., Wednesday, 30 January 2019 21:17 (one year ago) link

Ok after the eoy singles poll I gave a chance to Golden Hour and I’m in. The production on this is so good, everything sounds so warm and perfect, how did they make the acoustic guitars sound this good? It’s insane.

I’ve read many comparisons but one I’ve yet to read and the one it reminds me the most is Aimee Mann, particularly “lost in space” but you know, less engineered.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 3 February 2019 10:51 (one year ago) link

Kacey cleaned up... #Grammys

yuh yuh (morrisp), Monday, 11 February 2019 05:24 (one year ago) link

how was it not even nominated for best engineered (non-classical)

ufo, Monday, 11 February 2019 05:29 (one year ago) link

heard a kacey song on the radio for the first time since "keep it to yourself" on country radio five years ago. this time it was "rainbow" on an adult contemporary station.

dyl, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 20:55 (one year ago) link

actually i lied, close to the time of the album's release i heard "slow burn" and another track (i think "space cowboy") on a noncommercial/community station

dyl, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:33 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

This is a pretty fun analysis of "Butterflies" !

still love that song, btw.

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 14:09 (one year ago) link

really heartening to see her finally cross over -- was at a show last night and the artist, who I don't think has any kind of country affiliation, covered "Golden Hour." (I suppose you could frame that as cynical if you're, like, s*ving country music, but why?)

theorizing your yells (katherine), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:11 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

For a man who clearly loves being well-liked, it’s indescribably mind-numbing to see him blatantly and murderously ignore doing ONE THING that would not only make people happy but would SAVE PEOPLE’S LIVES. True leaders don’t stand back and watch the world burn. @realDonaldTrump

— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) August 5, 2019

Οὖτις, Monday, 5 August 2019 21:12 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

kacey musgraves out here lookin' like a hot lesbian mermaid and i just can't pic.twitter.com/O3MHXnFlEJ

— Rosemary Donahue (@rosadona) November 21, 2019

: o

j., Friday, 22 November 2019 03:14 (eight months ago) link


tis now the season

j., Friday, 29 November 2019 06:58 (eight months ago) link

fluffy as hell but really enjoyed that xmas special

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:38 (eight months ago) link

She was great at the Amazon festival this weekend

DT, Monday, 9 December 2019 18:51 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

I appear to be in the minority about Golden Hour. I mean I can see why she did it and good for her crossing over and everything but to my ears it just feels breezy and generic in a boring way. It's not *bad* per se, it just sorta drifts by anonymously.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:31 (six months ago) link

Nah, I got you. I'm not a fan either. The most poignant thing she's released in the last two years:


TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:37 (six months ago) link

This is pretty poignant, too ;)


stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:48 (six months ago) link

I'm not a fan of Golden Hour.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:56 (six months ago) link

I agree on Golden Hour but I’ve still given into the urge to play it like 10 times in the last month

juntos pedemos (Euler), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:06 (six months ago) link

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