Review: “Pageant Material” – Kacey Musgraves

“Pageant Material” 

This sophomore effort by country outliner Kacey Musgraves was well worth the two year wait; on this album Musgraves’ lives up to her reputation for combining a traditional country sound with modern messages. In my opinion, the only thing that outshines the sound and Musgraves’ vocals is the album’s stellar songwriting (from Musgraves and her familiar writing team).

Track Highlights:
“Late to the Party” is not just one of the best songs on the album, but one of the best songs of Musgraves’ career; a lovely sounding romantic song. “This Town” and “Family is Family” are some of the songs with the best themes; “Biscuits” (which is very reminiscent of Musgraves’ previous effort “Follow Your Arrow”), “Pageant Material” and “Dime Store Cowgirl” are all very fun and good songs.

Final Thoughts:
In one line, “This is great country music”; some might be turned off by the too traditional sound or the artist’s personal views, but I think this a great pick for all county fans. Four Stars out of five.

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