96kHz/24-bit, FLAC*; MCA Nashville B0027921-02 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
No, not an album about the urgent procedures of trauma medicine, but instead a reflective set of songs loosely based around the idea of the hour around sunset, and combining country sensibilities with lazy, hazy instrumentation shot through with synths and the odd groove. Musgraves’ voice shines through, as one might expect, but the performances, harmonies and recording are impressive throughout, and the songs mix open emotions with a laidback vibe that’s hard not to like. It’s a perfect album for long summer evenings, being both undemanding and smooth, even if you’re not the world’s biggest country fan. Though the sound may not set any new standards, and isn’t as ‘hi-res’ as one might hope, the recording is certainly lush and nicely detailed throughout, with a close focus on the performances within the general wash of music. AE
Sound Quality: 80%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
This download may light the 96kHz LED on your DAC, and appear as ‘96kHz’ on your PC/Mac music software, but spectral evidence suggests it’s largely upsampled from 44.1kHz (CD) with aliasing distortion above 20kHz. PM
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