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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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Butterflies
I was just coasting, never really going anywhere Caught up in a web, I was getting kind of use to staying there And out of the blue I fell for... See the rest of the song lyrics

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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: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Apr 1, 2018
    10
    You will get high of her vocal, instruments, the rhythm and the mood and tones of sounds.
    Can't stop listening to it
  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
    One of my all time favorite albums and by far my favorite album she has put out. Just as before Kacey Musgraves uses her spectacular voice andOne of my all time favorite albums and by far my favorite album she has put out. Just as before Kacey Musgraves uses her spectacular voice and songwriting skills to put together a beautiful piece of art. Her songs Slow Burn, High Horse, Butterflies, and Space Cowboy are by far my favorites on the album. Expand
  5. Apr 4, 2018
    10
    This album is so incredibly good, I never really listened to her before except one other song. But this definitely made me a fan! So manyThis album is so incredibly good, I never really listened to her before except one other song. But this definitely made me a fan! So many great, personal songs and such a cohesive sound overall. My favorites on here are "Butterflies", "Oh, What A World" and "High Horse". She definitely made me appreciate country music more than I did before and I would recommend this album to anyone, even if country isn't your cup of tea per se. I could wax poetic about this album all day but bottom line: Kacey Musgraves is a queen. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2018
    9
    Amazing album. The mixing of influences from different genres is made so well, the lyrics are thoughtful and cute, her soprano voice it'sAmazing album. The mixing of influences from different genres is made so well, the lyrics are thoughtful and cute, her soprano voice it's really a pleasure to listen. It's for sure one of the best albums of the year. Expand
  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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