Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #127 / 716
Year End Rank: #3
User Score
Based on 678 ratings
2018 Ratings: #123
March 30, 2018 / Release Date
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MCA Nashville / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

At a time where mainstream artists seem almost forced into making some kind of statement against the state of the world, to dwell on the doom and gloom we hear in the news; Golden Hour is a reminder that sometimes - often, if you’re looking in the right places - life is still beautiful. You get the feeling that Musgraves could find the beauty in anything.

100
The Guardian

Regardless of genre, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better collection of pop songs this year. Everything clicks perfectly, but the writing has an effortless air; it never sounds as if it’s trying too hard to make a commercial impact, it never cloys, and the influences never swallow the character of the artist who made it.

91
Consequence of Sound

Musgraves hits one high note after another on Golden Hour; her talent as a songwriter and melody-maker is second to none, and each song is thoughtful, well-formed, and a delightful experience on its own.

90
AllMusic

Previously, her cleverness was her strong suit, but on Golden Hour, she benefits from being direct, especially since this frankness anchors an album that sounds sweetly blissful, turning this record the best kind of comfort: it soothes but is also a source of sustenance.

87
Pitchfork

The mystical grandeur of Golden Hour creates a magnetic effect as Kacey Musgraves sings simply about the world as if she’s the first person to notice, and you’re the first one she’s telling.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Golden Hour imagines a world much sweeter than the one we’re living in; and for 45 minutes, it can just about take you there. Kacey Musgraves’ golden hour is far from over.

80
Rolling Stone

Though Golden Hour might take time to relax into, the set is a fine lava-lamp soundtrack, and if "country" suggests engaging American musical traditions with respect and pioneer spirit, then this album is as country as it comes.

70
Spectrum Culture

Musgraves has always sounded like someone who simply does her own thing. Golden Hour is the latest incarnation of that, a welcoming treat mostly driven by calm reflection with different packaging for her perceptivity.

70
No Ripcord

It teems with romance in every sense, all while honoring the classic ballads she grew up listening to with a new sheen.

68
GIGsoup
‘Golden Hour’ isn’t bad, but it’s certainly not great. Kacey Musgraves‘ latest effort would nicely suit a bleary-eyed road trip or rural high-school prom, but little else.
60
Under The Radar

All too often, Golden Hour delivers a lackluster vibe and a feeling that Musgraves has become too infatuated with the pop side of her artistry and is beginning to forget about the things that made her so interesting and worth investing in in the first place.

40
The Needle Drop

Kacey Musgraves softens and buries everything country about her music on the bland Golden Hour.

Muhammad231299
95
I think i just found my AOTY

Please give this BNM pitchfork
And wear the yella for this album Melon

(Edit)
Thank You Pitchfork
And bye Melon
MarkCooper
49
Pop Country + Sufjan Stevens = Kacey Musgraves
BradTasteMusic
80
(Edit: Original Score: 89. Fantano doesn't like this album so I am no longer allowed to like it. Sorry people)

When someone like me who doesn't even like country... tells you that this is a fantastic album that you should listen to... that means it is time to get off your Chief Keefs and 6ix9ines and it is time to blast out some freaking Golden Hour.

(Edit:) yeah this is an opus for the year. The sound of this album cannot be ignored. The bass on all these songs is so unbelievably thicc. The ... read more
exception
50
Yee Yee! (but a little more classy)
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Track List

  1. Slow Burn
  2. Lonely Weekend
  3. Butterflies
  4. Oh, What a World
  5. Mother
  6. Love Is a Wild Thing
  7. Space Cowboy
  8. Happy & Sad
  9. Velvet Elvis
  10. Wonder Woman
  11. High Horse
  12. Golden Hour
  13. Rainbow
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Added on: February 23, 2018