That’s How Rumors Get Started

Margo Price - That’s How Rumors Get Started
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #143 / 491
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2020 Ratings: #495
July 10, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
Country Pop, Country / Genres
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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.
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
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
it’s not very interesting or easy to follow as i found myself getting bored often, but musically and lyrically it hits a few strongs and a few lows.

i don’t often listen to this type of music, but i guess i could say i was pleasantly surprised by price’s musical abilities. even though i couldn’t well understand a lot of it since the overarching themes were loose and streained a ton. but... the chick can play an instrument.

Just like Sturgill's last album, Margo makes a transition towards a rockier, stadium sound. And just like Sturgill's last album, it's a complete flop of boringness
Margo Price - That's How Rumors Get Started

Genre: Country Pop
Country: US

Final Verdict: 53% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 478th / 592

Highlight: What Happened To Our Love?

Made me think of:
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Lucinda Williams
Hailey Whitters
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Track List

  1. That's How Rumors Get Started
  2. Letting Me Down
  3. Twinkle Twinkle
  4. Stone Me
  5. Hey Child
  6. Heartless Mind
  7. What Happened to Our Love?
  8. Gone to Stay
  9. Prisoner of the Highway
  10. I'd Die for You
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Added on: March 11, 2020