By Rachelle French
Kacey Musgraves knows what she’s doing. The release of her second album, Pageant Material showcases her growth as an artist, shifting from the contemporary sound of her Grammy award-winning 2013 album, Same Trailer, Different Park, while capturing new and classic western elements in the new record.
Musgraves is known for tackling controversial issues lyrically. Same-sex marriage, marijuana, smoking and drinking are discussed without casting a shadow on her sweet disposition.
Pageant Material is a compilation of Musgraves’ small town southern observations. Having already established who she is as an artist with Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey has finally gotten a chance to put out an honest and truly country record.
From Willie Nelson-esque tracks like ‘High Time’ and ‘Fine’, to the dream-like small town girl themes in ‘Dimestore Cowgirl’, Musgraves blends classic sounds and new ideas seamlessly.
Throughout the album, Musgraves clings tightly to themes of “doing her own thing”. “Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy,” is the hook contained in ‘Biscuits’, the album’s debut single. “I’d rather lose for what I am than win for what I ain’t,” she sings on the title track. “Nobody’s everybody’s favorite,” she continues on ‘Cup of Tea’.
Kacey’s lyrics are brutally honest and intelligent. The concepts that she ties into her classic western sound have the power to reshape the country music industry — and I bet they will.
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