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Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour (2018) Published: February 11/19 Released: March 30/18 albumCountry13 Tracks • 45 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
The percentage of professional music reviewers who liked this. Above 75% is gold. ?
94%
    SELECTED LINE: Regardless of genre, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better collection of pop songs this year. -The Guardian
    Golden Hour is the 4th studio album by Kacey Musgraves, released by MCA Nashville from UMG Recordings on March 30, 2018.
    Preview
    1. Slow Burn4:06
    2. Lonely Weekend3:46
    3. Butterflies3:39
    4. Oh, What a World4:01
    5. Mother1:18
    6. Love Is a Wild Thing4:16
    7. Space Cowboy3:36
    8. Happy & Sad4:03
    9. Velvet Elvis2:34
    10. Wonder Woman4:00
    11. High Horse3:33
    12. Golden Hour3:18
    13. Rainbow3:34
℗ A MCA Nashville Release;℗2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Critic Reviews (51)

On this album, Kacey has succeeded in concocting a set of love songs intimate and intricate enough that it starts to feel like this record is loving you right back, gently guiding a path toward the audacity of an old hope that has, once again, begun to feel possible.

1 month ago

UPROXX UPROXX

A welcoming treat mostly driven by calm reflection with different packaging for her perceptivity.

70% 1 month ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

The record summons up the 1970s soft-rock and disco crossovers of Dolly Parton, Olivia Newton-John, and Anne Murray, not to mention ’90s Shania and Sheryl Crow.

1 month ago


The record is really pretty and has some genuinely great moments.

80% 1 month ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

Her newest album "Golden Hour" is different than what I previously knew country music to be.

1 month ago

Odyssey Odyssey

She delivers an emotional, breakthrough masterpiece that deserves to be cherished for years to come.

100% 1 month ago

PressPLAY OK PressPLAY OK

Her most sonically adventurous album that blends her traditional country roots ("Space Cowboy") with... vocoders (the Tame Impala-esque "Oh What a World").

1 month ago

British GQ British GQ

Golden Hour has made me reconsider a genre that I have largely been resistant to.

1 month ago

PhoenixNewTimes PhoenixNewTimes

It feels like a natural progression, and it shouldn’t turn any old fans off; hopefully it’ll just pull in new ones.

1 month ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

A lovely, unexpectedly romantic record with two early singles, “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy,” already hailed as among 2018’s best yet.

1 month ago


Kacey Musgraves delivers country pop in the style of Dolly Parton.

80% 1 month ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Golden Hour, is a collection of dreamy, sometimes ethereal, songs that blend together in a way that many albums never attain.

1 month ago

HeraldScotland HeraldScotland

Kacey Musgraves softens and buries everything country about her music on the bland Golden Hour.

40% 1 month ago

theneedledrop theneedledrop

It's simple, but beautiful all the same, telling stories and admitting intimate thoughts while being relatable at once.

85% 1 month ago

Immortal Reviews Immortal Reviews

Golden Hour, a masterclass in genre synthesis, is the platonic ideal of a country-pop record.

1 month ago

NOISEY NOISEY

The closing pair of tunes in “Golden Hour” and “Rainbow” (a McCartney-like song which is waiting to be synched to a film scene and soundtrack) showcase this record well and truly make the album one of the best I’ve heard in the past couple of years.

1 month ago

Roughstock.com Roughstock.com

It’s an album that’s timeless and refreshing at the same time, sounding unlike any other body of music.

1 month ago

SoundsLikeNashville SoundsLikeNashville

Musgraves proclaims her pursuit of dynamic, surprising art.

1 month ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

Golden Hour is soft-focus but not unfocused, grounded in classic-country verve but wildly exploratory, awestruck but far from naive.

1 month ago

The Ringer The Ringer

To me, a fellow Texan from a speck on the map roughly the size of Musgraves’s beloved hometown of Golden, it’s everything good about country music, written and performed by someone who has no interest in leaving the genre behind.

1 month ago

Jezebel Jezebel

Golden Hour, finds her at her most personal, autobiographical, thoughtful and vulnerable.

1 month ago

Wide Open Country Wide Open Country

This is the best country album of 2018, and I’m not sure what else could come along and top it.

1 month ago

Vinyl Me Please Vinyl Me Please

She centers Golden Hour on her individuality and creates a radical musical landscape.

1 month ago

PopMatters PopMatters

She bends her music neatly to the contours of her voice.

1 month ago

Washington Post Washington Post (TOP)

If you miss being in the Golden Hour, you can just hit play again.

1 month ago


Golden Hour is the country album to beat for 2018.

1 month ago

Vulture Vulture

Golden Hour is a great musical step forward in several unexpected directions for Musgraves.

90% 1 month ago

The Young Folks The Young Folks

Even with its sonic explorations, Golden Hour feels very much like a natural step in Kacey Musgraves' canon.

1 month ago

Taste of Country Taste of Country

Across Golden Hour’s 13 tracks, Musgraves dissects the here and now of her emotions with a directness that’s startling.

1 month ago


Six months from now, the only people talking about this album might the ones who love to champion artists’ public personas over the music itself because it just lacks the underlying edge or grit you need in country to grasp onto people’s souls for the long term.

55% 1 month ago

Saving Country Music Saving Country Music

Both the songs and the writing glow with the sort of precision that only absolute professionals can bring.

1 month ago

Stereogum Stereogum

After several years of making space for herself in her genre and the broader musical landscape, Musgraves is nervy enough to let her guard down and embrace her complexity, and that's given her listeners more to grab a hold of than ever.

1 month ago


Musgraves breaks out from the finite boundaries of country music itself, shooting into the stratosphere of mainstream, genre-bending pop artists.

1 month ago

Thrillist Thrillist

There’s something supernatural about the country singer’s third release, Golden Hour.

1 month ago


It really is as good as all the buzz surrounding it suggests.

80% 1 month ago

Record Collector Record Collector

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.

60% 1 month ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

If anyone insists on calling this Musgraves' crossover, they must admit this: Golden Hour is a crossover done right.

80% 1 month ago

Austin Chronicle Austin Chronicle

She crystallizes her personal reverie behind a sweeping soundscape of hushed harmonies and blithe acoustic arrangements.

70% 1 month ago

No Ripcord No Ripcord

Golden Hour is an exquisitely beautiful break from reality.

90% 1 month ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

The result is Musgraves’ most accessible record and her most ambitious, a magnetic, comfortable culmination of her pop and country instincts.

87% 1 month ago


The promise of new love meets the thrill of new sounds on “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves’ knockout of a third studio album.

1 month ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

Where she once had a compelling songwriting portfolio, here she has a compelling mood.

1 month ago


It feels like she’s making exactly the right move by painting herself out of a corner, as lovable as that corner was.

1 month ago


She’s made a style-hopping pop album that infuses her songs with a relaxed spaciousness while muting, but not ignoring, her country roots.

75% 1 month ago

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (TOP)

Though Golden Hour might take time to relax into, the set is a fine lava-lamp soundtrack, and if “country” suggests engaging American musical traditions with respect and pioneer spirit, then this album is as country as it comes.

80% 1 month ago


The very sound of Golden Hour is seductive -- it's warm and enveloping, pitched halfway between heartbreak and healing -- but the album lingers in the mind because the songs are so sharp, buttressed by long, loping melodies and Musgraves' affectless soul-baring.

90% 1 month ago

AllMusic AllMusic

Regardless of genre, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better collection of pop songs this year.

100% 1 month ago


Golden Hour doesn't carry quite the same bite as either 2015 predecessor Pageant Material or 2013's Sam Trailer Different Park, preferring a more loved-up vibe that favours pillowy sophisti-pop over bittersweet country. [May 2018, p.30]

70% 1 month ago

Uncut Uncut

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.

91% 1 month ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Not since Taylor Swift has a country star seemed so primed for pop stardom.

1 month ago


At a time where mainstream artists seem forced to dwell on all the doom and gloom we hear on the news, Golden Hour is a reminder that sometimes – often, if you’re looking in the right places – life is beautiful.

100% 1 month ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Swagreninjaa year ago
Pop Pop with an accent ain’t country

ghstwrtera year ago
AHHH! A new side of Kacey! So exciting!

the missing $11 months ago
Disappointing I love kacey, been a fan for years, and she is one of my favorite songwriters. I know she is growing and wanting to try new styles, but for me this is a negative departure from her classic wit and turn-a-phrase. Just not for me, but I still love and support her and her message. I’m willing to let it grow on me, she has more than earned that.

Reckless_ADa year ago
Amazing Amazing person, singer, Song writer. This album will be amazing.

RStrokes8 months ago
Really sad to hear It’s really sad to listen to this album and basically realize that Kacey, one of the last females in outlaw-style country, turned pop-ish with this offering. I don’t know how this has such great reviews... I suspect it has to be due to either very new fans, or people who primarily like Kacey for her social beliefs but are not too familiar with her musical sound up until this point. But as an outlaw country fan and previous fan of Kacey’s, I’m so disappointed.
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