Desperate Man (CD)

One of country music's new crop of favorite outlaws is back with another batch of southern rock and blues tinged foot stompers. Having admitted to being stuck in a creative stalemate after dealing with near death and devastation in the time since his last album in 2015, Church comes back stronger than before with hook-filled songs that will appeal to both country and classic rock fans alike. Highlights include "Sympathy For The Devil"-inspired first single "Desperate Man" and the gospel inflected "Heart Like A Wheel."

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Golden Hour (CD)

For Kacey Musgraves' new record, Golden Hour, she subverts her charmingly rebellious and cynical persona by revealing softer vulnerability and experimenting with arrangements that include vocoders and even disco beats. Emotional ballads like the title track and “Space Cowboy” are more frequent here than clever retorts like “High Horse,” alternating between blissful and melancholy, distrust of true love, and worried introspection. The songwriting and her disarming vocals hold strong throughout.

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