Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
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Based on 19 reviews
2018 Ratings: #107 / 850
Year End Rank: #3
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2018 Ratings: #49
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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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

No Ripcord

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

‘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.
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.

The Needle Drop

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

I think i just found my AOTY

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Ever had an album that you didn't realize you appreciated so much since the day it came out until you look back at it a few years later down the road?

Yeah, this is me with Golden Hour.

Taking a trip down memory lane, this album had everything great going for it to truly make it one of the most satisfying releases of 2018! It was nearly the perfect mood album for the transition from winter to spring. Late March of 2018 was a naturally fascinating time. The last little sheets of snow were ... read more
(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
Yee Yee! (but a little more classy)
Pop Country + Sufjan Stevens = Kacey Musgraves
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Added on: February 23, 2018