Minneapolis Star Tribune Review of "Merry Go 'Round"
"Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round deserves all the radio play that country stations can afford to give a non-Barbie Doll starlet-in-waiting."
Maybe the best coming-out anthem by a female country act since the Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces" -- and coincidentally sung by a young banjo-picking Texan -- Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" deserves all the radio play that country stations can afford to give a non-Barbie Doll starlet-in-waiting. The 24-year-old "Nashville Star" contestant riffs on small-town angst and dysfunctional families in the bittersweet song, from her upcoming debut for Mercury Records. "Mama's hooked on Mary Kay," she sings, "and brother's hooked on Mary Jane / and Daddy's hooked on Mary, two doors down." We're hooked, too.