by Shelt Garner
I just checked Anthony Fantano’s review of Kacey Musgraves’ latest album and my jaw dropped at how much he hated it. I mean, HE REALLY HATED IT. Nothing he said about why he hated it did not make sense or wasn’t based in some sort of logic.
While Fantano is the “hardest working Internet music nerd,” I’m just a dude who likes good music. I’m impressed with Fantano’s reviews. My only quibble being he sometimes gets into the weeds of the music to the point that he misses the overall picture.
But, honestly, that’s kind of his thing — to obsess over the details of music.
With that in mind, this is my other-end-of-the-spectrum review of Kacey Musgraves’ new album “star-crossed.” I’m putting little — if any — thought into this. Just giving you my gut reaction to the album overall.
I found the album rather enjoyable, even heart wrenching. I say this because to me, it’s not how much autotune was used, or this or that production technique was used, or even if a line or two of the lyrics might be flat.
It’s about the emotion the music evokes from you.
And, it seems to me Fantano was so obsessed with his metrics that he missed some pretty important aspects to the album — how much it was obviously a confessional. The lyrics tells maybe not THE truth of her divorce by A truth about what happened.
To me that’s what makes great pop music — does it tell a truth?
Some of his criticisms are just weird. The song “there is a light” is a bop in the context of being something that might keep people dancing if they already were. If people are dancing, they don’t care how production value, or how stupid some of the lyrics are, they just need a nice beat. And I could definitely see a few even more dancable remixes being spun off the track.
Anyway, I’m not going through the whole track list. I’m just giving you a general sense of what I though of the album. The album’s not perfect, but it’s quality entertainment and it definitely tells A Truth.