Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moving Swiftly On. New Girl of Country Charms London Crowd

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moving Swiftly On. New Girl of Country Charms London Crowd

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

REVIEW KACEY MUSGRAVES Royal Albert Hall, SW7 KACEY MUSGRAVES has charm. Not many singers could persuade their allmale, heavily bearded backing band to roll up at the Albert Hall in pink suits covered in fairy lights. In her matching party dress and cowgirl boots, the 27-year-old singer, pictured, looked like she usually gets her way.

A polite crowd also tolerated her being half an hour late to the stage. In any case it feels like the country world has been waiting for someone like her, now that Taylor Swift has swapped her acoustic guitar for pop megastardom and the country charts are riddled with booze'n'chicks brainlessness.

She's traditional, with a sweet voice, gentle melodies and a downhome cuteness to her self-penned songs. But she also has enough of an edge to make younger folks prick up their ears, advocating casual sex and cannabis use in her prickly lyrics. There was no danger from a talent-show segment of juggling and self-whittled spoon-playing from her band, and the Texan singer was quick to compliment British accents and the prestigious venue: "I think this is the fanciest place I've ever been in. …

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