A Little Bit Country…

Posted: February 15, 2014 by Juan D. in Record Nerds
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If 20 years ago you had told me that today I’d be listening to other genres of music besides hardcore, punk, and metal, I would’ve scoffed at the mere though of it. If one of those genres was country music, I would’ve called myself a sellout and probably kicked my own ass. It’s a given that as time passes, most music fans find other styles of music to get into and appreciate and enjoy. If you’re as hardcore as I am (pun intended), then you don’t care and have no shame whatsoever in exploring all of the music that is out there regardless of what it may be. It’s the mentality of being open-minded and accepting that I learnt from hardcore and punk music which has allowed me to delve into music from different scenes and sounds including country.

It’s by now no secret that I love Taylor Swift. She may have started as straight-up country pop but nowadays has veered more into pop sounds. A few months ago, a good friend of mine who happens to also be into music at the same obsessive level as I am, told me to check out Kacey Musgraves. He figured I’d dig her style of music. I did. And I am hooked. Although her album Same Trailer Different Park came out in March of last year, and has won numerous awards all across, I didn’t get around to getting the record itself til recently.

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Simple packaging. No insert. The record itself feel heavyweight so that was a nice surprise. More a major label release, it’s well-done.

Musgraves’ style of music is deeply-rooted in country but delves into some Americana, bluegrass, and even folk. Lyrically, she goes into some bitter topics such as infidelity, hypocrisy, and loss of individuality. She has a very sharp and venomous tongue. She could easily be in the genre of outlaw country music with the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris.

Spin magazine placed Same Trailer Different Park as the number one country album for 2013 and noted that Musgraves ”

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The covers are screenprinted and give it a very indie feel to it.
Along the way I also tracked down a promo copy of the LP with a CMA “For Your Consideration” sleeve. Or rather, wrap-around vellum sleeve. Much like the Taylor Swift RED red vinyl, this is also sent out to members of the voting entity for the CMAs.
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It is on black vinyl. So no real surprise or novelty there outside of the vellum sleeve.
Someone asked me to describe Musgraves’ music to them recently. I just plainly told them that to me, it feels like honky tonk punk. It may sound country, but it has a lot of punk attitude and feel. Hell, could also be called alt-country. But that’s going overboard now.
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