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 one of the best sounding albums ive ever heard

ufo, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:43 (one month ago) Permalink

i am in love with this record - cool timing on the revive, just started working on a comic in the sun and this album sounds perfect.

first track reminds me of neil young

Ross, Friday, 17 August 2018 17:49 (one month ago) Permalink

This album is the musical equivalent of an instagram post of someone doing yoga in a field of sunflowers.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 17 August 2018 18:42 (one month ago) Permalink

did you check the case/lang/veirs album?

― niels, Friday, August 17, 2018 12:14 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

such an underrated album

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 August 2018 18:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Golden Hour is an object lesson in the use of reverb, the trails are almost lysergic. The whole thing is a dream.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 17 August 2018 21:37 (one month ago) Permalink

aoty

||||||||, Friday, 17 August 2018 21:40 (one month ago) Permalink

^ so far, yeah

Mother may be my fave ... but I love them all to some degree.

Oh What a World, too. "These are real things ..."

alpine static, Friday, 17 August 2018 21:59 (one month ago) Permalink

she was tripping on LSD during mother, weird eh

Ross, Friday, 17 August 2018 22:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Are you guys saying this is a... drug album?

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Friday, 17 August 2018 22:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Acapulco Golden Hour

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 17 August 2018 22:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to her Kansas City Star and it is way inferior to Roger Miller versionn

President Keyes, Sunday, 19 August 2018 02:10 (one month ago) Permalink

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 19 August 2018 03:53 (one month ago) Permalink

yeehaw

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 19 August 2018 03:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Whole thing has such a glow, golden hour is the perfect title

just sayin, Sunday, 19 August 2018 08:22 (one month ago) Permalink

much as I liked High Horse as a single (apart from the lyrics, still feel like a missed opportunity to me) I find it a bit unnecessary in the context of the album

niels, Sunday, 19 August 2018 09:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Morris - not a drug album, I was referring to her comment in rolling stone that she was on acid during the recording of mother

Ross, Sunday, 19 August 2018 16:38 (one month ago) Permalink

MatthewK said “lysergic,” too... sounded like you guys were busting out the blacklight, lol

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 17:07 (one month ago) Permalink

more slightly buzzed than lysergic imo

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 19 August 2018 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Well you can search and find the Rolling Stone interview and others where she describes acid as a great drug for artists because it’s humbling, and how she was tripping on LSD and feeling far from her mother who coincidentally texted her right then, leading to her writing the song. So “lysergic” not exactly misleading. She also says that she loved the last Tame Impala and wanted to bring some of that sound to country.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:36 (one month ago) Permalink

for me it's more pleasant, like being a little baked on a summer day where you have nothing to do, I don't necessarily need it to be like Piper at the Gates of the Honky Tonk

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:43 (one month ago) Permalink

i can't figure out if i would like one more verse in Mother or not. on one hand, it's perfect as is. on the other, it doesn't seem like it'd be that hard to write a good second verse, and she could still keep the whole thing under 2:30. pretty tempting!

alpine static, Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:48 (one month ago) Permalink

xp LOL

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 21:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't necessarily need it to be like Piper at the Gates of the Honky Tonk
new borad describe?

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

in my conversation w her and her producers i got the sense it's definitely a drug album

J0rdan S., Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:38 (one month ago) Permalink

i didn't have a place for this in my story but when they were finishing the album in LA they took shrooms and drove around listening to it

J0rdan S., Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:39 (one month ago) Permalink

"Lonely Weekend," "Velvet Elvis," and "High Horse" were part of the loop at the Starbucks where I work on Sundays, and they were as pleasant and innocuous as always. I can't imagine being excited for these songs or this album. Whatever the merits of the mix and production, her voice has no tension at all. I'd just rather listen to her compatriots Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:46 (one month ago) Permalink

At best her voice has a tug that's as affecting as reading about a romance mentioned casually in a newspaper story.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:47 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s perfect café music (not meant as a dis, necessarily)

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I was expecting something a little more exciting based on all the breathless talk about this record on ILM and elsewhere. I'm just waiting for everyonehere to get on the Amanda Shires train. She made a fantastic record recently which is everything I thought this album would be, and more.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 20 August 2018 00:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess I like the smoothness, Harvest Moon vibe of it

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 August 2018 00:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Love the balearic yacht rock smoothness to the whole album, I mean it really sounds amazing and the melodies just glide.

omar little, Monday, 20 August 2018 00:53 (one month ago) Permalink

speaking of Neil Young she should cover Midnight on the Bay

omar little, Monday, 20 August 2018 00:55 (one month ago) Permalink

she should do a covers record. her version of miguel’s waves is all time

||||||||, Monday, 20 August 2018 06:57 (one month ago) Permalink

that Amanda Shires sounds good on first listen, thanks for the recommendation

did you post it on the country thread?

niels, Monday, 20 August 2018 07:20 (one month ago) Permalink

it's gorgeous and of course it's a drug album

dyl, Monday, 20 August 2018 08:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Velvet Elvis sounds a lot like happy pills by Norah Jones.

Re drug album, slow burn does mention “good on green” yeah.

Ross, Monday, 20 August 2018 11:23 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm sure she did drugs but it's not really a drug album

by this measure like 85% of all records made in the 70s and 80s are drug albums

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 August 2018 13:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah agree

Ross, Monday, 20 August 2018 13:07 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s just a few stray references

Ross, Monday, 20 August 2018 13:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Velvet Elvis sounds a lot like happy pills by Norah Jones.

Interesting comment, as I like both songs (though not sure I hear too strong a similarity?)

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 20 August 2018 13:44 (one month ago) Permalink

whenever I listen to this I always see Wonder Woman and realize I'd forgotten that song existed

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 August 2018 13:59 (one month ago) Permalink

that Amanda Shires sounds good on first listen...did you post it on the country thread?

No. Feel free to introduce it, it's a great great record.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 20 August 2018 14:08 (one month ago) Permalink

it's great, the only talk of it was (unfortunately) on the worst music writing re: Xgau being a creep about her

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 August 2018 14:21 (one month ago) Permalink

WONDER WOMAN is a trademark of DC Comics. All Rights Reserved.

stan in the place where you work (morrisp), Monday, 20 August 2018 14:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Re drug album, slow burn does mention “good on green” yeah.

It's also called slow burn

Number None, Monday, 20 August 2018 17:32 (one month ago) Permalink

But if anything she's cut back on the weed refs

Number None, Monday, 20 August 2018 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

"Slow Burn (A Doobie of Weed, Get It?)" was the original title

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 20 August 2018 17:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone else hearing traces of "Owner of a Lonely Heart" in "Lonely Weekend"?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 2 September 2018 13:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

How so

yes, said (Ross), Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:47 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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