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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
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: 45 out of 51
  2. Negative: 2 out of 51
  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. Jul 25, 2018
    10
    TRULY HEART-WARMING
    I'm not a huge country fan but it always melts my heart whenever i listen to this album, maybe the concept is simple and
    TRULY HEART-WARMING
    I'm not a huge country fan but it always melts my heart whenever i listen to this album, maybe the concept is simple and she simplified it as much as she can so we can fully observe what she see. Golden hour is slow,warm and touching. Love is a wild thing has a really deep meaning and poetic. Slow burn is nostalgic. Space cowboy is more than just a song for the one who left, it also mean myself to others. Rainbow is such a masterpiece
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  4. Apr 4, 2018
    10
    The songwriting is very different from her previous albums, but still feels like her
  5. Mar 30, 2018
    10
    From her first album i knew she was different and unique artist and now she once again proves why she is the best country artist out there.From her first album i knew she was different and unique artist and now she once again proves why she is the best country artist out there. Golden Hour is bold, real and an ambitious album. Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2019
    9
    Um album que leva o country contemporâneo a outro patamar. "Slow Burn" faz uma amostra ao ouvinte sobre como o mundo e tudo o que está aoUm album que leva o country contemporâneo a outro patamar. "Slow Burn" faz uma amostra ao ouvinte sobre como o mundo e tudo o que está ao nosso redor nos constrói e nos faz únicos, em um som envolvente.

    Na faixa "Butterflies" os elementos country se misturam a sintetizadores e sons pop, que trazem uma maior diversidade sonora, mudando os traços marcados e batidos do country, mas sem se perder em um gênero novo. Oh, What a World, quarta faixa do disco, nos leva a uma reflexão pessoal e intimista de nossa própria vida em relação ao mundo, nos questionando sobre nossas condutas e vivencias cotidianas. A música ainda coloca em nossos olhos o olhar de Musgraves sobre o mundo, como se fizéssemos parte de uma mesma vida. As reflexões levantadas ao longo do disco nos trazem bons à mente e alguns nem tanto, mas que fizeram parte de nossas próprias vidas e ainda tivesse lados que nos ajudasse a evoluir.

    "Love is a Wild Thing" explora um romantismo e como a paixão transforma e renova nossos sentimentos. "Space Cowboy" é uma das cerejas do bolo do disco. A faixa conta a história de um término, e de como levamos e seguimos a vida nos dando conta que a pessoa não vai mais estar lá, e mesmo assim, está tudo bem. O pop é presenta na música, e aliada ao country, com os vocais refinados e únicos de Kacey, leva o ouvinte a uma viagem sobre nossos relacionamentos vividos.

    "Happy and Sad" é uma das chaves do album, que mais demonstra o quão a vida é um grande contraste. "You got me sliming with tears in my eyes, i've never felt so high" nesse trecho a cantora justamente aponta sentimentos contrastantes mas que vivenciamos quase que a todo momento em nossas vidas, não existe meio termo quanto se trata de emoções do ser humano, e conviver com eles ao mesmo tempo é normal. Em "High Horse" a faixa mais radiofônica dos cds - perfeita para baladas e barzinhos, inclusive - mostra um lado mais acessível de Kacey. A pegada country pop mais marcante e desinibida revela que os dois gêneros podem gerar resultados inesperados com grande qualidade, algo que Lady Gaga tentou reproduzir no disco "Joanne" sem grandes êxitos, no entanto.

    A penúltima música do cd, "Golden Hour" traz poucos elementos, com destaque ao violão e a voz da cantora. A faixa-título do álbum mostra-se grandiosa mesmo com uma simples construção musical. O cd se encerra com a emocionante música "Rainbow". Sob o comando do piano e o vocal presente de Musgraves, a cantora demonstra toda sua genialidade lírica, que é visivelmente vista em todas as faixas, com letras inteligentes, metáforas e recursos linguísticos não convencionais, que elevam seu material, como um dos melhores álbuns country da década, e o melhor album de 2018.
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  7. Jan 27, 2019
    0
    Kacey sings the same on all tracks, not emotion, no feeling, only autotune voice and a very mediocre bourgeoi soundscape.

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