Review of Blowin’ Smoke by Kacey Musgraves
Just a few years back, if you would have told me that I would be running a music website, I may have thought, unlikely, but not impossible. If at the same time you would have told me I would be listening to a country track, again I may have thought unlikely, but not impossible. However if you would have told me I would be listening to a country track with a view to writing a review on the basis of a contemporary music review, I would have thought you had gone bonkers. After all country was just loads of hairy men, with funny voices and dancing around in cowboy shoes, Billy Ray Cyrus, anybody?
Well, now it seems more crazy that a music website wouldn’t have a review on a country or folk single, such is the resurgence of both genres. Whilst both genres used to be dominated by slightly simple country folk, both have now evolved and created a pop edge. Think Taylor Swift think Mumford and Sons. Well Kacey Musgaves is in the same pop country feel.
‘Blowin’ Smoke‘ is Kacey Musgraves latest release and focuses on a girl in a mundane job, working in some ropey old cafe. The lyrics have a slightly dark almost depressing feel to them when you really listen. However, those depths seem lost in Kacey‘s light delivery of her vocals. The thick Texan accent remains throughout the track, providing the real authentic feel.
The backing track is a real pop number, with nods towards country to ensure it fits in to the genre buckets that people create.
Whilst I may not be a fan od this type of music, I seem to be in the minority. The video from Kacey Musgraves’ first single ‘Merry Go Round’ has received over 4m hits. Kacey has also received huge praise from the Guardian, New York Times as well as a featuring on the David Letterman show.
I am personally not a fan of this genre, but Kacey gets close to converting a cynic with a light, genuine, pop number. Take a listen yourself and let us know what you think. Just add a comment below or tweet us Music Eyz Twitter.