Review – Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse”

Kacey Musgraves was one of several artists who inspired me to start Fusion Country, so naturally she’s my first review. I had the fortune to see Musgraves live about a month ago and I got to hear several of her new songs on her upcoming album Golden Hour. After hearing them, I could not be more excited for its release. This album should be on your radar. What makes this album so exciting is Kacey goes to whole new places sonically while keeping her excellent songwriting. One of the songs that excited me the most was her closing song, “High Horse.” Normally, Musgraves is known for her slower and more serious songs. But this is a certified jam and most bubbly song she’s ever done. This is a dancing song. The funky, bouncy melody grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go until you want to hit the replay button. It’s essentially disco country. The song itself is dismissal to jerks who think they’re above the crowd and think themselves better than you. It also puts an emphasis on taking the high road, a nice reminder for all of us. Traditionalists are going to hate this, but don’t let their attitudes hold you back from enjoying this song (as this song says, don’t let them kill the buzz). Because “High Horse” is one of the most fun songs you’ll hear out of country music in 2018.

Grade: 9/10

Songwriters: Kacey Musgraves, Trent Dabbs, Tom Schleiter 

9 thoughts on “Review – Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse”

  1. Brett March 23, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    This blog has sparked my interest, big fan of past work, so im gonna give it a go.

    As for Kacey, shes always been hit or miss for me musically but her songwriting has always been top notch. The first three songs from Golden Hour has me intrigued, especially Space Cowboy. I love the change in direction while not sacrificing her lyrical prowess. Very anxious to hear the whole album as one work.

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    • Josh March 23, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks! Glad to have you. She played about half of the new album in concert when I saw her and trust me the songwriting is top notch.

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  2. Zackary Kephart March 23, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    Glad to see you’re back. I like the idea a lot and agree with the sentiment – I’ve enjoyed branching out this year to cover artists like Ron Gallo, Kyle Craft, Dorothy, King Leg, Johnny NoCash and more.

    I don’t know exactly what I’d recommend to check out honestly. I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy, haha.

    – Zack

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    • Josh March 23, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks! Glad to be back with my own blog.

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  3. Megan March 24, 2018 / 1:31 am

    Glad to see you’re back. Like the idea for the site, have to disagree about the song, although not for the reasons you’re thinking. It’s not the sound at all, it’s that within the sound, it’s pretty bland and generic. Like, she branched out into this disco influence which was cool, but for a disco song, it’s really safe and boring. It reminds me of what Miranda Lambert did with the Time Jumpers with “All That’s Left” because it was cool that she had Western swing on her Platinum album, but the song itself felt really formulaic. For Kacey, I’ve enjoyed the other songs from her upcoming album, and I’m glad she’s lightening the mood lyrically and getting away from songs about not judging people. And actually, as I write this, that may be part of my problem with this one as well, because it seems to go back to that theme, which is a tired one for her.

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    • Josh March 25, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks Megan!

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  4. Derek March 25, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Awesome seeing you back in the blogosphere!

    I’m stoked for Golden Hour. I didn’t hate hearing this song, and “Space Cowboy” also has shown some flair and, dare I use the term, evolution.

    When I saw Kacey in concert about 2 years ago, she definitely had some spark in a few songs that drifted toward a dance like influence. “Die Fun” specifically stood out as a song where she and the band sort of let loose away from their established country style, and it was excellent.

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    • Josh March 25, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks Derek! Excited to be back. Yes, Kacey is noticeably taking a more fun approach to this album and it’s a nice change-up. I think the most exciting thing is her sonic approach completely changes and I think her songwriting is even better after hearing the songs I heard in concert. I was surprised she didn’t play a single song from her last record though. I think Golden Hour could be her breakthrough moment, as she seems to be really letting her creative flair fly on this one even more than Pageant Material. Not to mention each song released is streaming and selling relatively well considering the lack of hits on the last album.

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