Same Trailer Different Park

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Same Trailer Different Park
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)
LabelMercury Nashville
ProducerLuke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves chronology
Kacey Musgraves
Same Trailer Different Park
Pageant Material
Singles from Same Trailer Different Park
  1. "Merry Go 'Round"
    Released: September 10, 2012
  2. "Blowin' Smoke"
    Released: April 1, 2013
  3. "Follow Your Arrow"
    Released: October 21, 2013
  4. "Keep It to Yourself"
    Released: March 10, 2014[2]

Same Trailer Different Park is the major label debut album by American country music artist Kacey Musgraves,[3] released on March 19, 2013, through Mercury Nashville.[4] Musgraves co-wrote all 12 tracks and co-produced the album with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.[3] The album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Same Trailer Different Park draws on styles such as rockabilly, blues rock, country folk,[5] and catchy country pop.[6] Its songs are performed midtempo,[7] and written from a Middle-American perspective, featuring stories of challenges and setbacks faced by men and women who struggle with their surroundings.[6] "Follow Your Arrow" examines the small-minded perspective of small-town life. On "Merry Go 'Round", Musgraves sings over a shuffle beat and banjo about emotional, material, and addictive liabilities that prevent people from escaping restrictive lifestyles.[8] Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter wrote that Musgraves' characters are "well-wishers and help-seekers, deadbeats trying to be better and do-gooders that are falling behind", and that she focuses on "small, pivotal moments, when they come to terms with their own faults and dreams, when they’re on the verge of a breakthrough or a meltdown."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Same Trailer Different Park debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 42,000 copies in its first week. It also entered at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.[9] The week after winning two awards and performing at the 2014 Grammy Awards, sales for the album in the United States increased 146%.[10] The week of February 6, 2014, the album returned to No. 1 on the U.S. Top Country Albums Chart and saw sales increase a further 177%.[11] As of July 2015 the album has sold 519,000 copies in the US.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[14]
American Songwriter4.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[15]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A−[16]
Nash Country WeeklyA[17]
Q4/5 stars[19]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[20]

Same Trailer Different Park received universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 88 out of 100, which indicates "universal acclaim" based on 11 reviews.[13] Tammy Ragusa of Country Weekly called it "distinctive in both its arrangements and lyrics."[17] AllMusic's Steve Leggett commended Musgraves' "flair for telling it like it is and making it sound like bedrock, obvious wisdom", and said that the album is "more than a collection of songs just aiming for the country charts."[14] MSN Music's Robert Christgau called her "the finest lyricist to rise up out of conscious country since Miranda Lambert, if not Bobby Pinson himself."[16] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times observed "a boatload of identifying details" in Musgraves' lyrics and called it an "acidic and beautiful" album that is indebted "at least a little bit to Ms. Lambert's durable template."[5] Will Hermes, writing for NPR, said that her "wordplay feels effortless and conversational", and found Musgraves' "spirits of carpe diem and dysfunctional romance" to be "squarely" in the tradition of country music.[21]

Grady Smith of Entertainment Weekly said that the album "continually showcases ... her writing prowess" because "Musgraves has a way of injecting humor into even her most melancholic musings."[1] At Paste, Holly Gleason noted Musgraves "sings unvarnished truths" while maintaining "the sunniness that is the right of the young" that is done "With a voice that’s pretty, but brazen, Musgraves has no problem slinging attitude, crying bullshit or coyly advocating same-sex amour/dope-smoking while skewering hypocrisy."[18] In addition, Gleason saw this album as "a manifesto that'll never come true," which she asked the question "is dignity enough to get by on?", and her response was that by a "thin margin, but one Musgraves walks straight into the sunset."[18] Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone felt that, although Musgraves lacks a powerful singing voice, the album "showcases a songwriting voice you won't hear anywhere else in pop: young, female, downwardly mobile, fiercely witty."[7] David Burger of The Salt Lake Tribune vowed that the album "is not only intriguing vocally but engaging lyrically".[22] Taste of Country's Billy Dukes commented that the album "is well-written, edgy (yet familiar) and coated in 'cool.'"[23] Jerry Shriver of USA Today said the songs are "honest with themselves and don't wallow in self-pity", and that Musgraves' singing is "pretty and clear but usually unsentimental."[20] In December, Rolling Stone ranked Same Trailer Different Park number 28 on its list of the 50 best albums of 2013.[24] It won the Best Country Album award at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in January 2014. On April 6, 2014, Same Trailer Different Park won Album of the Year at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.


Publication Rank List
AllMusic N/A AllMusic Best of 2013[25]
Amazon 10 Best Albums of 2013[26]
American Songwriter 7 Top 50 Albums of 2013[27]
Billboard 10 15 Best Albums of 2013: Critics' Picks[28]
13 20 Best Albums of 2010s (So Far)[29]
Dagsavisen 23 Best Albums of 2013[30]
Entertainment Weekly 4 10 Best Albums of 2013[31]
Evening Standard 9 The 10 Best Albums of 2013[32]
The Guardian 16 Best Albums of 2013[33]
Idolator 8 2013′s Best Albums[34]
NPR N/A 50 Favorite Albums of 2013[35]
Paste 20 The 50 Best Albums of 2013[36]
Pazz & Jop 10 Pazz & Jop 2013 Best Albums[37]
PopMatters 13 The 75 Best Albums of 2013[38]
Rolling Stone 28 50 Best Albums of 2013[24]
Spin 17 Spin's 50 Best Albums of 2013[39]
The Washington Post 1 Top Ten Albums of 2013[40]
Year Association Category Result
2013 CMA Awards Album of the Year Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards Best Country Album Won
ACM Awards Album of the Year (two nominations: artist and producer) Won
World Music Awards World's Best Album Nominated

Track listing[edit]

1."Silver Lining"Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne3:50
2."My House"Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne2:42
3."Merry Go 'Round"Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne3:28
4."Dandelion"Musgraves, McAnally, Brandy Clark3:02
5."Blowin' Smoke"Musgraves, McAnally, Luke Laird3:08
6."I Miss You"Musgraves, Laird, Osborne3:50
7."Step Off"Musgraves, McAnally, Laird3:03
8."Back on the Map"Musgraves, Laird4:06
9."Keep It to Yourself"Musgraves, McAnally, Laird3:17
10."Stupid"Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne2:38
11."Follow Your Arrow"Musgraves, McAnally, Clark3:21
12."It Is What It Is"Musgraves, Clark, Laird3:46
Total length:40:13


Credits adapted from AllMusic[41] and liner notes.[42]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[53] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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