Merry Go 'Round
Label: Mercury Nashville
The best rebels – the ones we fall in love with – are the ones that woo you with dry wit, and a clever turn of phrase. As it happens, this is precisely Kacey Musgraves’ wheelhouse. The Texas native sings about many things you'd expect from a 24-year-old (boys, life in a small town, etc.) but with a frankness and cynicism well beyond her years. "Dandelion" is a wistful beauty that likens her love to a dandelion: "Picked you out and picked you up, hoping that my luck would change," she croons. The music-box sound of tinkling piano and chiming guitars highlights the line, "And like a stupid little girl, I spent my wishes on a weed." Other highlights: "Silver Lining," "Follow Your Arrow," My House" and "Stupid."