That's How Rumors Get Started

Margo Price - That's How Rumors Get Started
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #299 / 809
User Score
Based on 101 ratings
2020 Ratings: #501
Liked by 4 people
July 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
Country, Roots Rock / Genres / Website
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The Guardian

Having lived through death, prison, homelessness and drug epiphanies, Margo Price is well equipped with country music’s subject matter – but treats it without sentimentality.

Q Magazine

That's How Rumors Get Started sees songwriter Margo Price sashaying seamlessly into the Rumours-era golden platforms of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie.

These are big themes for tough times, yet Price confronts the bleakness in a way that is generous; resilient, funereal and warm.
The material on this album shows just how much she has developed as a unique and talented artist.
With what seems like an ongoing ambition to reinvent and widen the genre, the third project sees Price take further steps to modify her sound and embrace stilistic diversity, showing her love of rock and roll while satisfying any cravings for melody.
The Line of Best Fit

Margo Price has broken free from the shackles of country music on That’s How Rumors Get Started, pivoting effortlessly and elegantly towards a classic rock sound.


From her visceral chemistry with her collaborators to their razor-sharp take on Americana and — above all — Price's deeply personal lyricism, there are plenty of elements that make That's How Rumors Get Started one of the year's strongest country releases.

FLOOD Magazine
The new record may seem almost like a deliberate provocation of the purists. And what’s not to love about that?

There's a confidence in her vocal performances that reflects the album's spirit: She's comfortable following her obsessions and idiosyncrasies to their logical end, resulting in a record that comforts and challenges in equal measure.

Caustic country queen glosses up and becomes the new Parton.
American Songwriter

That’s How Rumors Get Started continually reinforces Price’s skill as a lyricist and vocalist.

Spectrum Culture
Price doesn't so much present a new portrait of the artist as bring clarity to what we've been seeing all along.
Consequence of Sound
Despite at times feeling too true to form, there are breakout moments of Price’s fervor that illuminate the album as a whole, something we’ll hopefully see more of in the future.
Price goes for broad strokes on these 10 songs, musically and lyrically, sometimes at the expense of her strengths as a singer.
With country as her foundation, the versatile singer and songwriter pivots toward classic rock. She sounds less like the honky-tonk rebel and more like the Nashville professional.
A pleasant little country album! Though aside from a few stand-out tracks, this is less ambitious and ultimately less satisfying than her previous works.

Top Tracks: What Happened to Our Love?, I'd Die for You
Rating: 6/10
I don't know why there have been such dreadful ratings on this album. Margo Price once again shows the reason why she's at the forefront of alt-country. This album has much more of a rock feel than her previous two albums which brings her music to another level. She has stated in interviews that this album has felt like the most complete artistic statement of any of her albums and it does not disappoint.

Favorite Song: Twinkle Twinkle
lovely country album. Really enjoyed the variety on this. Margo has a great voice and the melodies on this can be amazing.
Faves: That's How Rumors Get Started, Heartless Mind, I'd Die for You
This is not that bad of a country record. It kind of got boring after a while, but the instrumentals are fantastic. Probably won't go back to it much, but there are a few good tracks on here.

FAVORITES: Twinkle Twinkle, Heartless Child, Gone To Stay
Earning the acclaim of die-hard country traditionalists is a double edged sword, as any minor pivot towards genre fluidity — or liberal activism — is sure to incur the wrath of certain fans. After making one of the best 2010s country albums with the Loretta Lynn-inspired “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,” critical darling Margo Price already ticked the latter box with politically-charged follow up “All American Made.” Now, with her recent “That’s ... read more
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Added on: March 11, 2020