Well, there are country-sounding songs in this magnificent album of Kacey Musgraves called aptly Golden Hour. But, like many artists nowadays, their compunction to strictly follow the tenets of the genres they have been assigned to, are not followed at all and these artists simply do as they please. Sometimes, they bend those genres the way they want – infusing whoever influenced them in making their album - so don’t be surprised if I say some of her songs sounds like pop music. In her interviews for this album, Kacey mentioned her influences for this album to be Sade, Imogen Heap, the Bee Gees, Selena and the band Tame Impala. When I read it, I said “Oh, ok, why am I not surprised?” Anyhow, just like the verdict of the Recording Academy who has given this album the coveted Grammy award for 2019 Album of the Year, I daresay, I agree wholeheartedly with their decision (although I did say in an earlier narrative that I voted for Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer). This is simply, a beautiful album – if that simple adjective can encompass all the beauty and the lightness and the positivity and the sonic trip I took while listening to this gem. I was actually sitting in a café in a normally busy street right smack in the university belt of my home city. Since it was a Sunday morning, traffic was sparse and it took some time for that part of the city to wake up, being it a Sunday and all. As soon as I put my earphones and played this album, it was as if the hairs on my body started to stand like I was electrified! But this was not a rock album or a hard rock album for that matter. I think it was the smooth music (Sade), the harmonious vocals (Bee Gees), the interesting sonic-scape she created (Tame Impala), the youthful bounce of her supposedly country twanged music (Selena), and the intimate songwriting style (Imogen Heap) she has consistently been using since album #1 (this is album #3). If you noticed, I put where I think the influencers she mentioned in her previous interviews have influenced her – in what aspect. At least, that gives me a clearer understanding of her vision for this album.