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Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves

Jill - AV October 16, 2015

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The 2013 album Same Trailer, Different Park won two Grammy awards and introduced Musgraves to the world as a new kind of singer-songwriter who uses traditional instruments and smaller arrangements while tackling subjects not often found in country music. On this new album, Kacey Musgraves is still intent on exposing the realities of life in a southern small town, while she champions the idea that each of us has to follow our own path in order to be truly happy. Whether she is poking fun at her lack of skill as a pageant girl (“It ain’t that I don’t care about world peace, but I don’t see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage”) or writing a love song to her hometown (“You can take me out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of me”), Musgraves paints a clear picture of real life in small town America, and bucks the current trend of “bro country”.  She dismisses the good old boys network of Nashville by singing “Another gear in a big machine, don’t sound like fun to me.  I don’t wanna be part of the good ole boys’ club” which many see as a dig directed toward Taylor Swift’s Big Machine production company.  It seems fitting that Musgraves ends the album with a duet with another unique country artist- Willie Nelson- that updates Willie’s song Are You Sure.  She has a fresh voice that breathes new life into the country genre.

Overall Rating:  A

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