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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the country singer-songwriter was co-produced with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mar 29, 2018
    100
    It’s an album that imagines a world in which its author is the mainstream, rather than an influential outlier. It says something about its quality that, by the time it’s finished, that doesn’t seem a fanciful notion at all.
  2. 91
    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. Together, the tracks on Golden Hour add up to an honest, cohesive musical experience that will linger in your mind and heart long after the final notes have faded.
  3. Mar 31, 2018
    90
    [A] knockout ... In a funny way, the radical optimism of "Golden Hour" feels far more rebellious than any of Musgraves' earlier work.
  4. May 7, 2018
    89
    Throughout, the 29-year-old Lone Star ambassador tucks the hallmarks of her roots--winsome steel guitar, rambling banjo, acoustic guitar--into genre-hopping, the elements present and persistent enough to make the album, at its core, country. Purists will disagree, but if anyone insists on calling this Musgraves' crossover, they must admit this: Golden Hour is a crossover done right.
  5. May 23, 2018
    80
    Golden Hour is a bedazzled, wide-eyed rush.
  6. Mar 28, 2018
    80
    An album this endlessly chill might get boring in a less talented songwriter’s hands, but Musgraves never fails to draw listeners into her reverie.
  7. May 9, 2018
    60
    Whilst tracks like "Butterflies" and "High Horse" offer the best of what Musgraves can do in terms of balancing her obvious charm against a certain steely underbelly that has served her so well so far in her career, 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Apr 12, 2018
    10
    There are so many great things about this album. But, by far, the songwriting stands out the most. Her work with Natalie Hemby is justThere are so many great things about this album. But, by far, the songwriting stands out the most. Her work with Natalie Hemby is just blissful. Through this album, I also found out Natalie Hemby has written most of favorite Miranda Lambert song. Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2018
    10
    "Golden Hour" is an extraordinary album on every level. It's a perfect blend of country, pop, and folk. The lyrics are more personal than on"Golden Hour" is an extraordinary album on every level. It's a perfect blend of country, pop, and folk. The lyrics are more personal than on her past albums, and they add a lot of depth to the already wonderful melodies. It's easily the best album of the year so far, and one of the best albums of this entire decade. I'll be shocked if this doesn't win Album of the Year at the Grammys. Expand
  3. May 8, 2018
    10
    I enjoyed Pageant Material but this is another level of storytelling. Despite fluctuating between country, acoustic and disco(!), this is oneI enjoyed Pageant Material but this is another level of storytelling. Despite fluctuating between country, acoustic and disco(!), this is one of the most cohesive albums I've ever heard. By the end of the first listen I was prepared to call it my album of 2018 so far, narrowly edging out Janelle Monae.

    I've never even written a Metacritic review – that's how much I love it.

    Faves are: Slow Burn, Butterflies, Oh What a World and High Horse.
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  4. Apr 4, 2018
    10
    The songwriting is very different from her previous albums, but still feels like her
  5. Apr 6, 2018
    10
    What a stunning, beautiful record - on another level from her previous work. The songs are gorgeous, and the production is bathed in a gauzy,What a stunning, beautiful record - on another level from her previous work. The songs are gorgeous, and the production is bathed in a gauzy, hazy echo that sounds amazing. The real tear jerker is "Rainbow" - guaranteed to give you a lump in the throat at least. Her voice is amazing, and the musicianship even more so. This will very likely get many Grammy nominations. Expand
  6. Apr 1, 2018
    9
    Kasey Musgraves is beautiful.... I have nothing to tell more. I am sure she once will bring modern a country to even more qualitative and highKasey Musgraves is beautiful.... I have nothing to tell more. I am sure she once will bring modern a country to even more qualitative and high level as in due time I have made it Taylor Swift.
    The finest lyrics and each note inspires..... Great
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  7. May 8, 2018
    2
    It´s a boring album most of the times. Sometimes it has it high points like in Rainbow and Slow Burn but it´s not worth listening. The lyricsIt´s a boring album most of the times. Sometimes it has it high points like in Rainbow and Slow Burn but it´s not worth listening. The lyrics are kind of basic and totally expected to hear. Great voice but the rest it's just meh. Expand

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