Golden Hour (album)

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Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 30, 2018 (2018-03-30)
Recorded2017
Studio
  • Big Green Barn
  • Sound Emporium
  • House of Blues
  • Great Gazoo Reading Room
  • Royal Plum
  • (Nashville)
Genre
Length45:44
Label MCA Nashville
Producer
Kacey Musgraves chronology
A Very Kacey Christmas
(2016)
Golden Hour
(2018)
Singles from Golden Hour
  1. "Butterflies"
    Released: February 23, 2018
  2. "Space Cowboy"
    Released: February 23, 2018
  3. "High Horse"
    Released: June 25, 2018 [3]
  4. "Slow Burn"
    Released: October 16, 2018
  5. "Rainbow"
    Released: February 11, 2019 [4]

Golden Hour is the fourth studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves, released on March 30, 2018, through MCA Nashville. [5] Musgraves co-wrote all 13 tracks and co-produced the album with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200. [6]

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

Kacey Musgraves American country music singer-songwriter

Kacey Lee Musgraves is an American country music singer and songwriter. She has won six Grammy Awards, four Country Music Association Awards and an Academy of Country Music Award. Musgraves self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network's singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. In 2008, Kacey recorded two singles for Triple Pop in Austin, Texas.

Universal Music Group Nashville is Universal Music Group's country music subsidiary. Some of the labels in this group include MCA Nashville Records, Mercury Nashville Records, Lost Highway Records, Capitol Records Nashville and EMI Records Nashville. UMG Nashville not only handles these imprints, but also manages the country music catalogues of record labels Universal Music and predecessor companies acquired over the years including ABC Records, Decca Records, Dot Records, DreamWorks Records, Kapp Records, MGM Records and Polydor Records.

Contents

Golden Hour received widespread acclaim from critics, winning in all four of its nominated categories at the 61st Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album. The album's first two singles, "Butterflies" and "Space Cowboy", also won awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, respectively. [7] Golden Hour also won Album of the Year at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards. [8]

61st Annual Grammy Awards

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys hosted.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1959.

The Grammy Award for Best Country Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality albums in the country music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Recording

Musgraves wrote and recorded most of the songs from the album throughout 2017; about the writing process she said: "I have a lot more love songs this time around, and I've never been one to write a love song and really feel it." She continued: "That probably sounds like the most depressing thing ever. [But] I'm coming off getting married and being in this golden hour of my personal life, where all these things are finally coming to fruition. I found myself inspired to write about this person and all these things he brought out in me that weren’t there before." Some of the album was recorded in a studio above a horse stable owned by musician Sheryl Crow. [9]

Sheryl Crow American musician and actress

Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, and blues. She has released ten studio albums, four compilations, two live albums, and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. Her songs include "All I Wanna Do", "If It Makes You Happy", "My Favorite Mistake" and the theme song for the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. She has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Promotion and packaging

On March 10, 2018, Musgraves announced the Oh, What a World Tour in support of the album while performing at the Country to Country music festival in London. The first 12 dates of the tour were announced on March 12, with Musgraves stating on social media that tour dates in other countries would eventually be added. The tour began on October 13 in Oslo, Norway. [10] [11]

C2C: Country to Country

C2C: Country to Country is a country music festival which takes place at The 3Arena in Dublin and The O2 Arena in London every year. It was first held in London on 16–17 March 2013. The festival was the first multi-day country music event in the United Kingdom, since the demise of the popular International Festival of Country Music, which was held at Wembley Arena and hosted by Mervyn Conn.The event was jointly developed by the O2 Arena and SJM Concerts, collaborating with the Country Music Association.

Musgraves' sister Kelly Christine Sutton took the cover photo for Golden Hour over a two-day photo shoot in and around their hometown of Golden, Texas. Sutton, who also is credited with designing the album's packaging, has previously worked with Musgraves for all of her albums' artwork. Of the cover photo, Sutton recalls Kacey "wanted to use this paper fan, and we are usually on the same page with ideas, but I couldn’t picture it. We went out into this wide open field. We needed one with no trees, so there was sky only. Almost immediately after we reviewed the photos, we just knew we had it." [12]

Golden, Texas unincorporated community in Texas, United States

Golden is an unincorporated community in Wood County, Texas, at the intersection of Farm to Market Roads 1799 and 779 off U.S. Highway 69 approximately four miles northwest of the city of Mineola, in the southwestern section of Wood County.

Hand fan device used to cool oneself, usually made of folded paper

A handheld fan may be any broad, flat surface that is waved back-and-forth to create an airflow. Generally, purpose-made handheld fans are shaped like a sector of a circle and made of a thin material mounted on slats which revolve around a pivot so that it can be closed when not in use.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 89/100 [13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [14]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [15]
Consequence of Sound A− [16]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [17]
The Independent Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [2]
Pitchfork 8.7/10 [18]
Record Collector Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [19]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [20]
Uncut 7/10 [21]
Vice B+ [1]

Golden Hour received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 89, based on 17 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". [13] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album four and a half out of five stars and called it "warm and enveloping, pitched halfway between heartbreak and healing-but (it) lingers in the mind because the songs are so sharp, buttressed by long, loping melodies and Musgraves' affectless soul baring." [14] Writing for The Independent and rating the album a perfect 5 out of 5, Roisin O'Connor states the album is "a reminder that sometimes – often, if you're looking in the right places – life is beautiful." [2] Additionally, it was a Spin "Essential" and of the genre-bending songs on the album, reviewer Katherine St. Asaph calls it "not classicist, but perhaps it might be classic." [22] The album was rated number one by the BBC poll of polls, a compilation of 'best of the year lists' across 35 music reviewers, on a list of the best albums of 2018. [23] The album also placed number one in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics' poll for 2018. [24]

Music journalism journalism genre

Music journalism is media criticism and reporting about music topics, including popular music, classical music and traditional music. Journalists began writing about music in the eighteenth century, providing commentary on what is now regarded as classical music. In the 1960s, music journalism began more prominently covering popular music like rock and pop after the breakthrough of The Beatles. With the rise of the internet in the 2000s, music criticism developed an increasingly large online presence with music bloggers, aspiring music critics, and established critics supplementing print media online. Music journalism today includes reviews of songs, albums and live concerts, profiles of recording artists, and reporting of artist news and music events.

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Standard score

In statistics, the standard score is the signed fractional number of standard deviations by which the value of an observation or data point is above the mean value of what is being observed or measured. Observed values above the mean have positive standard scores, while values below the mean have negative standard scores.

Accolades

Awards
AssociationYearCategoryResult
CMA Awards [25] 2018 Album of the Year [26] Won
Apple Music [27] 2018Album of the YearWon
Grammy Awards [28] 2019 Album of the Year Won
Best Country Album Won
Best Country Song (for "Space Cowboy")Won
Best Country Solo Performance (for "Butterflies")Won
Year-end lists
PublicationRankList
AllMusic N/AThe Best Albums of 2018 [29]
American Songwriter 1Top 25 Albums of 2018 [30]
Associated Press 2Top 10 Albums of 2018 [31]
Apple 1The Best Album of 2018 [32]
Billboard 3The 50 Best Albums of 2018: Critics' Picks [33]
Complex 36The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [34]
Consequence of Sound 9The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [35]
Entertainment Weekly 1The 20 Best Albums of 2018 [36]
The Independent 4The 40 Best Albums of 2018 [37]
Noisey 2The 100 Best Albums of 2018 [38]
NPR Music 3The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [39]
Paste 44The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [40]
People 1Top 10 Albums of 2018 [41]
Pitchfork 2The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [42]
PopMatters 2The 70 Best Albums of 2018 [43]
Rolling Stone 2The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [44]
Sputnikmusic 1Top 50 Albums of 2018 [45]
Stereogum 1The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [46]
Taste of Country 1The 10 Best Country Albums of 2018 [47]
Idolator 3The 25 Best Albums Of 2018 [48]
Time 8The 10 Best Albums of 2018 [49]
Uncut 73The 75 Best Albums of 2018 [50]
Uproxx 2The 50 Best Albums of 2018 [51]
1Uproxx Music Critics Poll: Albums [52]
The Village Voice 1Pazz & Jop: The Top 100 Albums of 2018 [53]
Vulture 4The Best Albums of 2018 [54]

Commercial performance

Golden Hour debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 and at number one on the Top Country Albums chart with 49,000 album-equivalent units—39,000 of that figure being pure album sales. [6] It marks Musgraves’ third number one on the Top Country Albums chart. It also debuted at number one on the Americana/Folk Albums chart. [55] In the chart week following the 61st Grammy Awards, where Golden Hour won Album of the Year, the album sold 35,000 copies and climbed to number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. [56] The New York Post website confirmed that Golden Hour had gone from 310,000 copies in the US in 2018. [57]

In the United Kingdom, Golden Hour debuted at number six on the official UK Albums chart and at number one on the UK Country Albums chart. It marks Musgraves' first top ten album in the UK. [58]

Track listing

Credits adapted from liner notes. [59]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Slow Burn"4:06
2."Lonely Weekend"
  • Tashian
  • Fitchuk
  • Musgraves
3:46
3."Butterflies"3:39
4."Oh, What a World"
  • Tashian
  • Fitchuk
  • Musgraves
4:01
5."Mother"
  • Tashian
  • Fitchuk
  • Musgraves
1:18
6."Love Is a Wild Thing"
  • Tashian
  • Fitchuk
  • Musgraves
4:16
7."Space Cowboy"
3:36
8."Happy & Sad"
  • Tashian
  • Fitchuk
  • Musgraves
4:03
9."Velvet Elvis"
  • Luke Dick
  • Hemby
  • Musgraves
2:34
10."Wonder Woman"4:00
11."High Horse"
3:33
12."Golden Hour"
  • Tashian
  • Fitchuk
  • Musgraves
3:18
13."Rainbow"
  • Hemby
  • McAnally
  • Musgraves
3:34
Total length:45:44

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes. [59]

Charts

Chart (2018)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [60] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [61] 111
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [62] 11
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [63] 105
Irish Albums (IRMA) [64] 27
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ) [65] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [66] 15
Scottish Albums (OCC) [67] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [68] 43
UK Albums (OCC) [69] 6
UK Country Albums (OCC) [70] 1
US Billboard 200 [6] 4
US Top Country Albums (Billboard) [71] 1

Release history

RegionDateFormat(s)LabelRef.
United StatesMarch 30, 2018 MCA Nashville [72]

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