Today, Kacey Musgraves released her new album “Pageant Material”. I’ve been listening to it on Rhapsody throughout the day and I am enjoying it. Musgraves still has the same clever hooks, good voice, and witty songwriting that won many of us over with her last album “Same Trailer Different Park”. “Pageant Material” is solid, but there were several times where an intro would play and I’d temporarily think I was listening to her hits off of the previous album. Some of this is just her style and what makes Kacey Musgraves, Kacey Musgraves. I did feel like her last album’s “mojo” was propping this record up more so than a new creation in the making. However, I can’t fault Musgraves for sticking to a winning formula, “Same Trailer Different Park” won a Grammy for Best Country Album. It’s always tough to follow-up on an album that was the best in its genre. To be fair to Musgraves and her new album, I believe I had created an expectation that was simply too high to obtain after the success of her last album.
Overall “Pageant Material” is a solid album and definitely worth checking out.