In 2018, Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour was the album that pretty much everyone loved. It was the kind of all-across-the-board something-for-everybody hit record that happens quite rarely in our deeply fractured marketplace. It was mainstream in the best possible way. Musgraves represents a new generation of performers who are taking back country music from the death-grip of socially conservative old men in hats, updating genre tropes in fresh ways that appeal to younger listeners but remain recognizable enough to still appeal to traditionalists. It’s nice to hear a record that cuts across demographics without pandering to the lowest common denominator.