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star-crossed

Kacey Musgraves

star-crossed

Eigth studio album from the Texas country singer produced by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
?Universal
UK Release date
10/09/2021
US Release date
10/09/2021
  1. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    She is no longer an artist bound to genre, space or time but rather an iconic figure who’s eyeing her second Album of the Year Grammy with a record that has surpassed all of the greatness her previous efforts entailed
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  2. 9.0 |   Albumism

    It’s a bold, brave statement that feels honest and true to this current chapter of Musgraves’ life narrative and musical identity
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    This is heart on sleeve storytelling, but towards the end of the journey you sense our protagonist is doing a little better now. As she should - it’s the start of a seminal new era
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  4. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    While she leaves her full Western get-up at the door, Musgraves continues to bring her Southern sensibilities with her, with a work that reaches to the soul of the country genre, if not the most obvious musical trappings
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  5. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    If Kacey Musgraves is going to be a pop star, Star-Crossed proves she’s doing it on her own terms
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  6. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The pop-country mastermind swaps sunlight for starlight in her exposé of estrangement, divorce and healing
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Musgraves transforms raw elements of her personal life into stories that anyone can relate to
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Far from spinning distant, third-person tales, each track feels incredibly personal
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    The pop's dissection of a crumbling relationship is inspired by Romeo & Juliet and split into three parts, never collapsing under its own concept
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A doomed marriage is excavated in the Grammy-winning musician’s fifth album
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  11. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    It’s not quite her Blood On The Tracks, but it’s a record that’s similarly compelling to listen to
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  12. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Star-Crossed can occasionally lack that small punch that gave Golden Hour such a distinct feeling but it’s nevertheless an amazing record and showcases that Musgraves is continuing to evolve not only as a singer but as a lyricist as well
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  13. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Kacey Musgraves continues to make use of her signature wounded wit to expose the hypocrisy that often lies within heteronormative gender roles
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  14. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Kacey Musgraves’ chronicle of marriage and divorce looks to the stars but takes pains to stay grounded. Writing in the plain language of someone desperate to be understood, she sounds alternately vulnerable and triumphant
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  15. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The subdued star-crossed is unlikely to garner the same commercial success as Golden Hour. It isn't carried by standout singles or big beats, but the album isn't seeking that kind of external validation
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  16. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A lukewarm batch of songs eager to saturate backgrounds rather than absorb your full attention
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  17. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    Devastatingly beautiful when it gets it right
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  18. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The millennial country hero’s fifth album grapples with breaking up and growing up
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  19. 7.0 |   All Music

    The album delivers sophisticated mood music, providing a soothing soundtrack for all manners of quiet domestic activities
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  20. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Grammy-winner’s new record was inspired by ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but it seldom matches the play’s rough passion
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  21. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The bliss of Musgraves’ Grammy-winning Golden Hour sours on this follow-up, with a breakup narrative that is a little too tidy
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  22. 4.5 |   Under The Radar

    Ultimately, star-crossed is the sound of an artist trying desperately to change lanes without the aid of mirrors or blind spot detection
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