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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: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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. Mar 28, 2018
    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. Apr 2, 2018
    87
    Less concerned with outside forces than internal balance, Golden Hour stands as an assured, artful snapshot of a particular rush of feelings, but its wisdom speaks volumes to Musgraves’ ongoing evolution.
  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: 79 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89
  1. May 13, 2018
    10
    This Album shows how much Kacey have grown as an artist. Every song its perfect in their own unique way.
  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. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    Country music is always true but not always beautiful. Kacey did both and set a world you can just sleep and enjoy. From slow burn to rainbow,Country music is always true but not always beautiful. Kacey did both and set a world you can just sleep and enjoy. From slow burn to rainbow, you can never feel it boring. Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 3 years down the line i still adore this album. Kacey did such a great job with this one and she shows real growth and depth in her lyricism and vocally as well. The songs are at times very simple and poignant yet very evocative and powerful. It has a great mellow and nostalgic quality to it that is really hard to get. The melodies are unforgettable and the production is top tier and very diverse including some funk, disco and funk as well. Songs like Butterflies, Oh wHAT a World, High Horse and Love is a wild thing are personal favorites. i AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HER NEXT PROJECT Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2021
    10
    While I'm very generous with my ratings on Metacritic, Golden Hour is one of my 5 true 10/10s (the only others being Lorde's 2017 "Melodrama",While I'm very generous with my ratings on Metacritic, Golden Hour is one of my 5 true 10/10s (the only others being Lorde's 2017 "Melodrama", and Taylor Swift's 2012 "Red" (will likely be replaced with Red (Taylor's Version) on Friday), 2014 "1989", and 2020 "folklore"). Golden Hour is an album I listen to almost daily even 3.5 years since its release. The way she explores the first feelings of love, and living for the hope of it all is just simply amazing. Musically it makes it perfect to listen during sunrises and sunsets and just gives a reason to get out of bed. This album top to bottom is phenomenal but the clear highlights are "Butterflies," "Slow Burn," "Happy and Sad," "High Horse," "Space Cowboy," and "Golden Hour." Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2019
    9
    There are a plethora of reasons why this glorious album has been received the way it has been and also receiving a prestigious Album of theThere are a plethora of reasons why this glorious album has been received the way it has been and also receiving a prestigious Album of the Year nod at the 2019 Grammys. Kacey is a trailblazer and on 'Golden Hour' she blends her country roots with pop and the result? Perfection. Period.

    The album opener 'Slow Burn' is cathartic and almost epiphanous. It sets a wondrous tone to what is to come. The lead singles 'Butterflies' and 'Space Cowboy' illuminate once again her stellar songwriting abilities and storytelling.

    With Kacey just recently getting married, 'Golden Hour' juxtaposes with her previous work as there are love songs throughout the album. 'Mother', an interlude of such is an ode to her missing her mother and her mother missing hers. It gets the listener to reflect themselves on their own Mom on everything they've done.

    The second half of the LP picks up speed with up-beat jams like 'Velvet Elvis' and 'Wonder Woman'. But nothing prepares a Kacey fan with the disco-pop 'High Horse'. Arguably, one of 2018's finest pop songs, Kacey effortlessly makes the transition from rusty steel guitars to an intoxicating discoteque vibe.

    Finally, the album closes with the heartbreaking and reflective 'Rainbow'. When Kacey sings "Let go of your umbrella/'Cause, darlin', I'm just tryin' to tell ya/That there's always been a rainbow hangin' over your head" it really feels like she's personally singing to the listener. Just you and Kacey. She's giving herself and any listener a hug; reassuring life will be okay in the end.
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  7. Apr 21, 2022
    0
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