Unfortunately, it seems like critics enjoy Musgraves more than the charts do. Months ago when I heard her sassy, Miranda Lambert-indebted "Blowin' Smoke," I thought a Top 10 spot was well within reach. Released April 1, it never managed to surface.
Chart aspirations don't seem to be a concern for Rose, however, who's played around in Nashville punk and indie bands for years. (Worth noting: Caitlin's mother Liz is part of Swift's Grammy-winning songwriting team, with credits on "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "You Belong With Me".) She’s taken up the family business of country all the way through "The Stand-In" though, writing herself a more ladylike persona backed by Telecasters and a rich organ tone.
"I Was Cruel" proves her newfound delicacy in a time of self-discovery: "I never knew I was cruel baby, until I met you" and, along with that old-timey album cover, mentions of chantilly lace on "Pink Champagne" are among those aforementioned archetypes set by the female country singers before her.