Kacey Musgraves review – golden disco-country loses a little sheen

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Despite a fantastic sound from her band, the Grammy-winning star is awkward on stage as her lyrics are lost in the dry ice

In a world where Taylor Swift’s songs and grand gestures dominate the news schedules, the country-pop road to fame is a golden one. On to these yellow bricks comes Grammy award-winning Texan Kacey Musgraves, fresh from a Radio 2 session with Ken Bruce (before an audience of six million, she tells us later), on the opening night of her UK tour.

Despite her gorgeous voice and poster-girl beauty, she’s different, is Kacey. Her 2013 single Follow Your Arrow marked her out as a provocateur in her genre: she advocated kissing girls “if you want to”, and rolling joints, and railed against misogyny. Her recent album, Golden Hour, also has an offbeat inspiration: taking acid, although the source of its mood of wide-eyed wonder isn’t immediately obvious. More evident is Musgraves’ huge talent as a mainstream singer-songwriter, her songs aiming for the universal reach of Fleetwood Mac, with added disco glitter.

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