It’s funny that reviewers can listen to the same album and have so many different opinions. One review I read of this disc stated it was more “Nashville Friendly” than Kacey Musgraves’ 2013 debut Same Trailer Different Park. After listening to this disc a few times, I’m still trying to figure that one out. The reviewer wasn’t saying the album was bad – far from it – but I hear nothing on this album to show that Musgraves has sold out for a chance of more airplay at mainstream country radio.
Basically, if you like her debut and her irreverent ways, I think you’ll be smitten with her even more so than the first album – which is saying a lot, as Same Trailer Different Park was as good as any review you might have read.
The album showcases a few different styles, kicking off with the opener – the 60s sounding “High Time,” which features the unusual combination of steel and strings. The results are quite heavenly. “Late To The Party” is a bit more modern in terms of arrangement, with somewhat of a dreamy pop feel. The chorus has a bit of a sing-a-long feel that brings to mind a little bit of an AM Gold sound, and “Die Fun” definitely has more of a 2000’s singer-songwriter vibe to it that Musgraves carries off quite well.
“Somebody To Love” is a knockout of a performance, as well as a composition. In the song, Musgraves shows just how ironic we all really are. “This Town” is one of the most well-written songs on the album, which could be an apt description of anywhere in small-town America, from Sterling, Illinois to Culleoka, Tennessee.
Maybe the most telling songs on the album are the title cut (which mentions Musgraves’ reaction to not having her name called during the 2013 CMA Awards) and “Cup Of Tea,” where she readily admits she might not be for everybody. That being said, I have a feeling most people are going to love this album as much as I do. There’s only one place where the disc falters – the lead single “Biscuits,” which sounds like “Follow Your Arrow, Volume 2.” But, that’s just a mere quibble. Musgraves might not win any “Miss Congeniality” titles anytime soon, but she might need to work on a few acceptance speeches, for this album – just like her first – is that damned good!
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Pageant Material track list:
1. “High Time” (Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
2. “Dime Store Cowgirl” (Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
3. “Late to the Party” (Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne)
4. “Pageant Material” (Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
5. “This Town” (Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Brandy Clark)
6. “Biscuits” (Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark)
7. “Somebody To Love (Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
8. “Miserable” (Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne, Brandy Clark)
9. “Die Fun” (Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
10. “Family Is Family” (Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
11. “Good Ol’ Boys Club” (Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby)
12. “Cup of Tea” (Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
13. “Fine” (Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally)