Kacey Musgraves Releases “Star-Crossed”, New Album About Her Divorce

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Kacey Musgraves Release "Star-Crossed", Her Divorce Album With Her Husband


Posted on: 09/11/21 at 10:00 am

Kacey Musgraves (Photo: doc. artist).

Kacey Musgraves has released his new album, star-crossed via MCA Nashville/Interscope Records on September 10. As usual, you can stream the full album below the article.

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star-crossed is a pop album with country, folk, dance, disco, rock, and R&B elements. This album was again produced by the duo Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian.

Inspired By His Divorce With Ex-Husband Kacey Musgraves

In his interview with Rolling Stones, Kacey revealed that she was inspired by the Greek tragedy and her divorce from her ex-husband, Ruston Kelly when composing the album’s material.

“The last chapter of my life and throughout this last year and chapter for our country, in its simplest form, this is a tragedy,” he explained. “And then I started to find out why describing tragedy is actually a form of therapy. And that’s why this art form (Greek tragedy drama) has survived through the ages. It’s because we set the scene, the audience rises to the climax of the problem with us, and then there’s a resolution. There is a feeling of resolution at the end. I was inspired by that.”

Thus, the album star-crossed featuring songs that hint at the theme of marriage and a relationship, such as “a good wife”, “the breadwinner” and “the courtship scene”. And the song cover ‘gracias a la vida’ by the late Chilean folk artist Violetta Parra as the album cover. Kacey previewed the album with single ‘star-crossed’ and ‘justified’.

star-crossed also comes with a 50 minute visual film. The film premiered earlier this week in theaters in 25 major cities across the country, and is scheduled to stream on Paramount+ on the day of its release.

Kacey has released the MV (Music Video) for the song ‘simple times’ which is taken from the film and features Victoria Pedretti (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, You), singer-songwriter Princess Nokia, and Symone (RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under).

In support of the album, Kacey will soon embark on a limited tour of 15 cities starting in January 2022.

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After Honeymoon Album, Divorce Album

star-crossed is a follow-up album Golden Hour (2018) which won the 61st Grammy Awards for the Album of the Year and Best Country Album categories. A new album that addresses the themes of marriage, divorce, and emotional healing after a breakup. Meanwhile, the track list is divided into three parts, which Kacey calls “three acts”. Chris Willman from Variety differentiate star-crossed as his “divorce album”, while Golden Hour is his “honeymoon album”.

Kacey Musgraves star-crossed artwork
Album cover art star-crossed.

Song list star-crossed:

  1. star-crossed
  2. good wife
  3. Cherry Blossom
  4. simple times
  5. if this was a movie..
  6. justified
  7. angel
  8. breadwinner
  9. camera roll
  10. easier said
  11. hookup scene
  12. keep lookin’ up
  13. what doesn’t kill me
  14. gracias a la vida

Author, Translator & Editor: Dharma Samyayogi

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