Personally, I feel you should never compare an artist’s work to a previous one because they are separate entities. Yet, inevitably, it is going to happen. So let’s get that out of the way now: star-crossed is not Golden Hour. But that’s because it’s not. I loved Golden Hour. In fact, it is undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of all time. star-crossed is a whole different album in many ways.
The album is reminiscent of a progression, a melodic and evolving thought process Musgraves has undergone during the time leading up to and throughout her divorce. The tracks flow from the beginning when all Musgraves wanted was to be a good wife, through the tension break and what ifs, to the realisation of his flaws and finally the rediscovery of self and self worth. Musgraves said in an interview that she was excited to release the telling of this chapter of her life as an answer to everyone always sharing their highlight reels instead of when things go wrong; she felt it would be strange to act like this chapter just didn’t happen.
As a whole, the album appears to have been created as one flowing piece of work, each individual track flowing from one to the other. But, remove one track and listen to it in isolation out of context, you lose the full meaning and impact. By no means am I saying the track is not as good, they are still great songs, but to fully appreciate the album you need to listen from beginning to end, in order.
The album may not be the emotional rollercoaster many were hoping for, and personally I feel it may be missing that big f*ck you song or bring-you-to-tears moment that the “fall apart” slogan in the promotion leading up to release promised. However, I do think this is a strong and insightful body of work from Musgraves detailing a difficult time in her life. As weird as it sounds, this may just be a divorce to chill and groove to.
Must listen tracks: cherry blossom, what doesn’t kill me, simple times, easier said