Kacey Musgraves has long become one of the country’s favorite artists. Her sharp and to the point lyrics, a low-key charm, and somewhat cynical perception of the world has made her quite relatable. But it’s on her third studio album Golden Hour that she somehow has the ah-ha moment where she’s looking at the world in a whole new light. Compared to her previous two hit albums, Golden Hour is more breezy, subtle, and in awe of what’s before her eyes. It’s as if she’s experiencing the free-flowing positive outlook for the first time while writing her story into song. After all, she has a lot to say after a marriage, an acid trip, and a solar eclipse that fell on her 29th birthday on July 30, 2017, that she described as “the golden hour.” AXS is taking a look at the 5 best songs from Kacey Musgrave’s Golden Hour.
5. “Love Is a Wild Thing”
The main theme of Golden Hour is finding a personal happiness. “Love Is a Wild Thing” plays on that positivity. Typically, songs that have the world love in the title often sing about another person in some way but not on this track. Love is in the good and the simple, love is in nature, love is everywhere and there’s no way to stop it from happening.
The piano-led “Rainbow” closes the album on a somber inspirational note. She’s speaking to someone in the track, seeing the beauty within them while they continue to be stuck “in the same old storm.” She asks that they look around at the wide open sky and perhaps it’s an ode to herself instead.
3. “Slow Burn”
“Slow Burn” opens the record and truly sets the tone for what’s to come both sonically and lyrically. She sings of hometown blues but is doing things her way, taking her time and would rather get away to look at the flowers and appreciate her sense of calm. She’s alright with a “slow burn” as she recognizes she still has a lot to learn.
2. “High Horse”
Musgraves listened to a lot of the Bee Gees during the writing of Golden Hour and the disco laced “High Horse” represents that influence. “Horse” was released as the album’s third single on June 25, 2018. Her classic nonchalant attitude shines in this kiss off to someone who thinks they’re better than everyone else. “I think we’ve seen enough/ To know that you ain’t ever gonna come down/ So why don’t you giddy-up and ride straight out of this town,” she sings.
1. “Oh, What a World”
“Oh What a World” can only be described as magic as she discovers such in front of a beautiful world. “Northern Lights in our skies/ Plants that grow and open your mind/ Thing’s that swim with a neon glow/ How we all got here, nobody knows,” she sings in the opening of the song following a vocoder - a different technique in Musgraves’ songs. She has a new reality singing, “Oh what a world/ Don’t want to leave/ All kinds of magic all around us/ It’s hard to believe/ Thank God it’s not too good to be true.” Adding to her euphoria, her love is also part of this enlightenment.