The album includes her current hit, “Merry Go ‘Round”. We’ve all heard it on the radio. It’s a cute song, with a cute lyric and a catchy melody. They lyric is trying to tell a story of what it’s like to grow up in the country. I’m glad it’s not really accurate. “If you ain’t got two kids by 21, You’re probably gonna die alone. Least that’s what tradition told you.” Not exactly reality, Kacey. I got married at 22, had my first child at 26, and didn’t have my second until I was 30. So, the picture painted in this song isn’t exactly a mold I fit into. And, I’m sure I’m not alone. However, I like the song. It doesn’t have to be reality (for everyone). It’s still a good song, and I’m glad it’s part of the new CD.
“Same Trailer Different Park” is the name of Kacey’s debut CD. And yes, that is one of the lines in the “Merry Go ‘Round’” single. I’m not sure how many of these songs Kacey wrote, but listening to them pretty much gives you the idea she had at least a part in writing all of them. There are a lot of things that seem to be about small town living, the gossip, the friendships, even the trailers – which you can drag with you (according to the song ‘My House.’)
This album was great to listen to; hard to review. I found more than one meaning coming from just about every song. But that didn’t make me like them any less – it just made me want to stop analyzing, and keep enjoying. “Blowin’ Smoke” talks about a bunch of waitresses with big dreams. Every one of them wants to be something else – they all have big dreams; they talk about all the things they want to be or want to do, but they’re just ‘blowing smoke’. It’s another one with a catchy tune; but this one has a more than Kacey doing the vocals on the ‘chorus’. I think that is supposed to be our group of waitresses.
“I Miss You” is one of my favorites on this new CD. In spite of it’s title, “I Miss You”, the song made me happy. It’s a great melody, and a lyric that gives the listener a million reasons to feel good, and just one to feel bad…missing someone. But, maybe not – “Sunshine on my shoulder, fist full of four-leaf clovers, my cup runneth over, my sky is blue – been kissed by lady luck, the stars are all lined up, every arrow that I aim is true – but I miss you.” Those are the lyrics, but does she really feel that way? Or did seeing that person she misses, and seeing that he’s doing great just make her say all those things? Whatever the case, and whatever the meaning, I really like this song.
I don’t think there’s much in life that Kasey has missed. Not much she hasn’t noticed. She’s probably the kind of person who plants unidentified seeds in little paper cups filled with dirt, just to see what grows. I can imagine her as a child, putting caterpillars into jars, poking holes in the top so they can breath, giving them a few blades of grass; then letting them build their cocoon so she could get a butterfly – or a moth – probably wouldn’t matter which to Kacey, she was going to get something. Kasey could probably ask how you do something, just as easily as she could tell someone ‘that’s how it’s done.’ I don’t know her, but I like the way she seems to look at life. Everything she has ever seen or done seems to come through in her music.
The songs on this new album are mostly what I could call ‘mid-tempo’. They aren’t super fast, and they aren’t ballads either. “Stupid” is one of the fastest. And oddly enough, it’s my least favorite of the 12 tracks. That said, I love “Follow Your Arrow,” and it’s also a little faster, so my problem isn’t with fast vs. slow here. This is just an album I think everyone who hears it is going to enjoy. And it left me wanting to see Kacey Musgraves in concert. So, if that was one of the goals of the CD – goal accomplished!
The 12 songs on the debut album are: Silver Lining, My House, Merry Go ‘Round, Dandelion, Blowin’ Smoke, I Miss You, Step Off, Back on the Map, Keep it to Yourself, Stupid, Follow Your Arrow, and It Is What It Is.
Again, I think it’s a great album. Very different from much of what country music is offering these days. I’m sure everyone is going to enjoy listening to this one.
I’ll be back with more later. Have an awesome weekend, everyone!