A (Country Music) Truce in the Culture Wars

Pop-country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves is a fascinating example of art intersecting with politics. At a time when a resurgent strain of political correctness dominates the cultural conversation, Musgraves demonstrates a willingness to reject censorious tendencies and tolerate the pluralism of her neighbors, offering a level-headed perspective that has the rare power to cut across partisan lines. … Continued

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Is God on Your iPod?

Sometimes divine inspiration is remarkable without being supernatural. Almost six months after its release, Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell is still the best album I’ve encountered all year, seemingly infinite in its richness. The record has two crucial levels and critics are eminently aware of one. For those unfamiliar with the backstory, the titular Carrie is Stevens’ … Continued

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