In nation music, the divorce album is sacred, albeit trodden floor. As Nashville rebel-turned-pop-icon Kacey Musgraves herself instructed the New York Occasions, “I wasn’t going to be an actual nation artist with out at the least one divorce underneath my belt.” However star-crossed, the Golden Hour singer’s newest album—and the title of her accompanying movie—just isn’t the scorched-earth reckoning we have come to anticipate from the style. As an alternative, it is a subdued, even hesitant bleed of nonetheless half-processed emotions, roiling within the wake of Musgraves’s 2020 divorce from fellow nation singer Ruston Kelly.
In signature Musgraves fashion, star-crossed blends realist with idealist, the cruel with the dreamy, co-opting Romeo and Juliet‘s ethereal tragedy to provide her personal story each vulnerability and, intriguingly, attract. Each the album and movie are lacquered in gloss, the singer’s manner of steeling herself from the previous and hardening her resolve for the long run. Who cares if it is a cocoon, even a facade? As an viewers member, it is entrancing to listen to, to look at, to expertise. Star-crossed won’t have the lyrical ingenuity of its predecessor Golden Hour, nevertheless it’s a masterclass in quiet, self-protective therapeutic. Musgraves