Like its GRAMMY®-winning predecessor—2013’s Same Trailer Different ParkPageant Material pokes at country clichés while embracing them at the same time. At heart, Musgraves is a traditionalist who trades in warm, ’60s-style country-politan arrangements and songs that end with a snappy, comforting moral (“You can’t be everybody’s cup of tea,” goes a line on “Cup of Tea.” “Some like it bitter, some like it sweet / Nobody’s everybody’s favorite, so you might as well just make it how you please”). And though she occasionally takes potshots at the establishment (see “Good Ol’ Boys Club,” or the gorgeous title track), Musgraves ultimately comes off as a searching storyteller less consumed with criticizing others than empowering herself.


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