In a sit-down with Rolling Stone, the superstar singer revealed that she was inspired by Greek tragedies and her divorce from ex-husband Ruston Kelly when conceiving the album.
“This last chapter of my life and this whole last year and chapter for our country — at its most simple form, it’s a tragedy,” she explained. “And then I started looking into why portraying a tragedy is actually therapeutic and why it is a form of art that has lasted for centuries. It’s because you set the scene, the audience rises to the climax of the problem with you, and then there’s resolve. There’s a feeling of resolution at the end. I was inspired by that.”
As such, the album features tracks hinting at the theme of marriage and relationships, like “good wife,” “breadwinner,” and “hookup scene,” as well as a closing cover of “gracias a la vida” by late Chilean folk artist Violetta Parra. Musgraves previewed the album with the singles “star-crossed” and “justified.”
star-crossed also arrives with an accompanying 50-minute visual film. It screened earlier this week at theaters in 25 major cities around the country, and is set to stream on Paramount+ on release day. Update: Musgraves has shared the video for “simple times,” which is taken from the film and features Victoria Pedretti (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, You), singer-songwriter Princess Nokia, and Symone (RuPaul’s Drag Race).
In support of the album, Musgraves will soon embark on “star-crossed: unveiled,” a 15-city limited tour kicking off in January. Pick up tickets at Ticketmaster or look for deals on the secondary market here.
02. good wife
03. cherry blossom
04. simple times
05. if this was a movie..
09. camera roll
10. easier said
11. hookup scene
12. keep lookin’ up
13. what doesn’t kill me
14. gracias a la vida