Kacey Musgraves, ‘Slow Burn’

MCA Nashville, 2018
Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves MCA Nashville, 2018

Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves is making a Taylor Swift-style country-pop crossover bid with her latest album, Golden Hour.

Leading the album is the gentle “Slow Burn,” a charming and sweet ode to taking your time and letting “the world turn.”

Appropriately, the song slowly blooms and hits its full stride in the second verse.

My favourite moment is there, too: “You know the bar down the street don’t close for an hour / We should take a walk / And look at all the flowers.” The way Musgraves sings “flowers” is perfection, with the touch of a Texas slow-drawl.

If you’re listening to this song while stuck in traffic or manically bustling through your morning routine, “Slow Burn” will lower your blood pressure significantly.

"Slow Burn" is beautiful, brilliant and affecting, like the rest of Golden Hour.

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About Robert J. Ballantyne

Robert J.Ballantyne is a senior editor at Popjournalism and Creative Director at Artsculture.ca. Previously, he was a journalist at the CBC on a number of news programs including the fifth estate, Marketplace and The National. He also worked as a staff writer at the Toronto Star.

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