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Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves

Pageant Material

Fifth studio album from the Texas country singer, co-written and produced with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Mercury Nashville
UK Release date
22/06/2015
US Release date
23/06/2015
  1. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    There are few other artists in country music today that can (co)write songs that are so accessible to a wider audience and embrace traditional sounds and themes with wide open arms. You’ll be hard pushed to find better in 2015
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  2. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    A sumptuous dive into classic country that's also an exploration of identity, growing and exploring the idea of self within the sentimentalized past and our social-media-driven present
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  3. 9.0 |   The Music

    An album that’s country to the core, packed with acoustics, pedal steels, finger-picked banjos and some wonderful melodies
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  4. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Those of us who appreciate actual songcraft and aren’t satisfied by Mark Kozelek moaning about his dick can dig in
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  5. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    A must listen for anyone who’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll, and just a little bit crazy
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  6. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    It's a strange and forgiving album, less toothsome than the ones that preceded it, but Musgraves' resistance makes this album important, even when it's imperfect
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Trad country that is high spirited and highly catchy
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Smart, funny, empathetic and wise, Musgraves is one of the best in the business right now
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  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Musgraves’ sharp, sassy, sarky insight, tempered by a fatalistic romantic streak, marks her out
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Musgraves’ willingness to address a life built on knotty contradictions give her songs resonance far beyond Golden’s borders
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Nonetheless, listeners with open minds are strongly recommended to give Pageant Material a try. It’s brimming with wit and wisdom, and it really should have featured on more end-of-year lists
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  12. 8.0 |   All Music

    A rich, enchanting collection of stories, confessions, and the occasional joke
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  13. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It misses some of Trailer's storytelling wistfulness and formal experiments — but track for track, it's stronger, an object lesson in Nashville songwriting
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  14. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Musgraves is so adept at inhabiting these intimate spaces that it almost isn't a surprise that she's less convincing when addressing more universal subjects
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  15. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The melodies still stick, but it feels as if Musgraves has filed down her spikes in order to consolidate her position as country music’s princess
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  16. 6.0 |   The FT

    The Grammy winner dispenses homespun wisdom about being nice and swings through small-town claustrophobia
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  17. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Though hooky and melodic, none of these songs quite has the earworm adhesiveness of the best country pop but Musgraves makes for enjoyable company nonetheless
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  18. 6.0 |   NOW

    She sounds older and smarter, but a bit unsure of which way to take that experience
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  19. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Musgraves has a talent for coming up with the snappiest of zingers, adding cute twists to clichés and communicating uncomfortable truths in ten simple words or less
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  20. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Pageant Material adheres to the same winning formula of Same Trailer — almost too closely
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