The cover of “star-crossed” shows a misty broken heart necklace emblazoned with the album’s title. Musgraves’ album is about his grief, which makes the cover art’s subject matter appropriate. Photo courtesy of KaceyMusgraves.com
Kacey Musgraves has released his fifth studio album, “damnÂ», September 10. The first album since its 2020 divorced of the ex-husband, Ruston Kelly, is an exploration of her feelings after the separation.
“star-crossed” is Musgraves’ first album to go beyond the country genre and firmly into pop, and while there are a few stand-out songs on the tracklist, the album as a whole is disappointing afterwards. his Grammy award Album of the year, “Golden hour. âThe almost complete transition to pop music takes away some of the charm of Musgraves, while the songs on his latest album are much less lyrically interesting than his past works.
In an interview with She, Musgraves described how this album is structured in three parts – like a classic Greek tragedy.
âThe word tragedy just occurred to me,â Musgraves said. “I was like, ‘Whoa, what if the album was phrased as a modern Shakespearean or Greek tragedy?'”
The first part of this tragedy opens on the album incumbent the first single functioning almost as the prologue to the story to come, opening the record with the words âLet me set the sceneâ.
The scene Musgraves is preparing for the album is one of two doomed doomed lovers, substitutes for herself and her ex-husband. In the second track on the album, “good wife“, Musgraves begs God to let her make her husband happy, as she knows they need each other. This song is one of the highlights of the album and seems almost antithetical to the beautiful inflated love. which she described for Kelly in 2018 with “Golden Hour”.
Somewhere in Musgraves’ turnaround from an album written in the midst of a fall in love to one mourning the end of the same relationship, she lost some of the energy that characterized her music. The songs on âstar-crossedâ feel calmed down from a jam-packed songlist on âGolden Hourâ. Even the slower songs from his previous album had a strong momentum, created by his signature twang and lyrical prowess, as well as the album’s country and pop fusion.
“star-crossed” includes minimal influence from country music, marking Musgraves’ first venture so far from the genre for which she is known. Although the songs are very pop, the Texas native’s natural tangy voice still shines, making the deviation from country music more prominent and reminding listeners of her past, better bodies of work.
Following its tragic setting for the album, the song “simple timesâDescribes Musgraves, recalling how easy life was as a child, yearning for the time before her marriage began to fall apart. She wishes she was back just walking around the mall with friends, because, as she says, “Being an adult sucks.” The lyrics and addictive melody of this track make it one of the best on the record.
“breadwinnerâIs part of the second act of the Musgraves tragedy and is the best song on the album. This song describes how men seem to want women who are the breadwinners until they no longer serve their desires, as she says: “He wants your shimmer / To make him feel bigger / Until they no longer serve their wants. ‘that he starts to feel insecure. “
Despite its sad but powerful message, “breadwinner” presents the most upbeat tune on the record, a welcome respite from the relaxed sounds that characterize much of the album.
As she describes experiences within her own divorce, Musgraves manages to address issues that many people can relate to in the midst of a breakup. His song “filmâExplores the feelings one gets when looking at photos of past relationships.
“If it was a movie …âIs all about how you hope the fairy tale ends with a relationship that doesn’t happen in reality. That level of relativity is powerful, but the lyrics just don’t compare to what she’s done before and aren’t strong enough to make them stand out.
As Musgraves ends “star melee” with her final act, she accepts the end of her marriage and expresses her intention to move forward with her life on the track. “keep looking. “She remembers that things will always get better in”there is a light, âAnd closes the album with a cover of Violeta parra‘s “gracias a la vida. “His closing piece is entirely in Spanish, and the fact that Musgraves is not fluent speaker is clear in the way she sings the song, as it seems out of place and a little uncomfortable.
Although her performance of the song is a bit shaky, “gracias a la vida” is a perfect closing track for an album like this. The title translates to “thank you, life” and is basically Musgraves thanking her life for all she has.
âStar-crossedâ deals with the personal, harsh emotions surrounding the divorce of two real people, but overall it’s a weak performance for an established artist like Musgraves. Compared to his old albums, this record does not occupy the same level of grandeur.
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