Review – Kip Moore’s “More Girls Like You”

You can preach about an artist’s potential all day long. But if they never show it, you start to get sick of hearing about them. That’s pretty much where I’m at with Kip Moore. His fans and supporters really love to talk up how he’s got so much talent and could be Eric Church if he just got one more hit or if his label would just let him do his thing. When will this happen? Because I feel like this is a years long story and nothing is changing when it comes to Kip Moore. His last album Wild Ones wasn’t even country, it was forgettable rock music. The best and most memorable song was on the deluxe edition of the album (“Backseat”). I was hoping that Moore would show all of this potential his fans crow about on his new single “More Girls Like You.” He doesn’t. Instead this sounds like a leftover from Wild Ones. It’s not country, it’s once again generic rock music. The lyrics are run-of-the-mill, as it’s a love song you’ve heard so many times already on country radio the last few years. Moore sings about wanting more girls like the one he’s fallen for and I’m immediately bored with this song. Moore tries to make this song sound more meaningful in his explanation before the lyric video starts as you below, but it’s simply not. This sounds like the kind of safe choice his label wants and I’m sure radio will blindly put into the top 20 at the very least (maybe even better with how soft the bottom half of the top 60 on the chart is right now). I can tell you if this song is any indication of the dominant sound on his next album I won’t be reviewing it. “More Girls Like You” is more uninspiring, lackluster fodder for country radio.

Grade: 3/10

 

Recommend? – Nope

Written by Kip Moore, Steven Olsen, David Garcia and Josh Miller

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8 thoughts on “Review – Kip Moore’s “More Girls Like You”

  1. Wild Ones is a guilty pleasure for me. I’ve actually listened to that album quite a lot, not judging it as a true country album and forgiving the bro tropes — likewise for his EP last year. And, of course, I love his voice. As for this song, I’m not sure what I think about it. Musically, it follows the template of Wild Ones, so not much interesting to say about it. Lyrically, you also see a lot of the same lines that run throughout the previous album: “running and gunning a little too hard, so un-reigned, so untamed” is Kip’s whole shtick, and it does get old. However, I think it’s interesting that he is at least, seemingly, trying to shift to something more mature in the lyrics since the chorus is about marrying, settling down, and raising a family. Still, it’s not too impressive in this song, but perhaps it could indicate some better material in the new album. I’m just being hopeful! On the whole, I’d give this song a better rating but not a great rating.

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  2. Kip Moore is that kind of entertainer I genuinely want to really like, but I just feel hasn’t really taken advantage of the huge chip he has on his shoulder.

    What I mean by that is that he likes to purport himself under this straight-talking, cut-through-the-bullshit, DIY-ethic honest guy image that, frankly, many male country entertainers both in and outside of the mainstream co-opt themselves. And on the surface, it’s refreshing. Yet more often than not, their actual artistic output falls well short of their words and it ultimately renders the talk cheap and exposes the image for what it really is: a facade.

    “Wild Ones” had plenty of listenable and even good songs, but the problem is none of them were great. They usually settled for too little and stayed in a familiar lane that was somewhere between John Mellencamp and Bob Seger heartland rock themes, and current mainstream-sensible sonics blended with 80s stadium rock histrionics. And the end result just sounded way too pedestrian, way too clean than what Kip Moore’s image suggests.

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    This song is defined by the same persisting issues.

    And the biggest issue with this song pretty much immediately boils down to the opening statement on Moore’s behalf. When an entertainer actually feels the need to resort to exposition to preface a track as opposed to letting the track speak for itself, especially for a track as simplistic as this, pretty much immediately exposes it as shallow before the very first second.

    The synthetic percussion doesn’t help matters from there, especially the jarring cymbal line that persists throughout. The overall production, in fact, sounds like a cross between Joey Moi’s collaborations with Dallas Smith and Chad Carlson of Chase Rice notoriety. In other words: faux guitar hero histrionics mixed with processed beats and overly sterile mixing.

    As for the lyrics? Well, at the very least they’re not particularly bad. Still, you can easily pinpoint choice lines and sentiments in countless other tracks over these past five years alone. The chorus, for example, sounds like a reprise of “The Game of Life”-goal cliches that I explained extensively in the review of Keith Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up” (which, itself, wasn’t a good song). And where oh where have I heard the roughneck rebel tropes echoed in the first verse before? Oh, that’s right: the majority of the songs on Kip Moore’s previous frickin’ album………………….as well as most of Eric Church’s first four albums among countless other examples!

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    Yeah, as you can tell, I clearly am not digging this song either.

    I’m quite confident Kip Moore is a nice guy and, again, I KNOW he has the potential for more. But he just isn’t exemplifying it right now. And I have to say this may be my least favorite single from him yet (that’s right: even less than “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck”.)

    I’m thinking a Light to Decent 3 out of 10 for tis.

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  3. I liked I’m to Blame and Running for You, even though they weren’t exactly country. Hell, I loved Hey Pretty Girl. But this is boring as hell. Miles better than say, Body Like a Back Road, but still, painfully boring. Kip needs to try a little bit harder. 3/10

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    • I enjoyed “Running For You” even while admitting it was 0% country. And though I was indifferent toward “I’m To Blame”, you can do far worse on the radio.

      “Mary Was The Marrying Kind” remains my favorite single of his to date, with “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl” solid (if formulaic in their tropes, too) singles as well. Though “Wild Ones” was definitely decent as a modern mainstream rock album, I still consider “Up All Night” the significantly superior album.

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      • Mary Was the Marrying Kind was a decent song, Beer Money was okay to me. I really enjoyed Crazy One More Time, Reckless, and Faith When I Fall from his Up All Night album.

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  4. “More Girls Like You” is a pop-song. It’s not country & perfect 0/10. When was the last time Kip Moore released a country song?

    Two new singles:
    Ray Scott – “Livin’ This Way” – Jethropolitan Records – Released (03/03)
    Great song! Country, dark-themed, the voice, the steel-guitar…
    “…living this way will maybe take me to my grave a little earlier than most…but it won’t change until i kill of all this pain & find a better way to go…though you might say it ain’t ok living this way…” (10/10)

    William Clark Green – “Creek Don’t Rise” – Bill Grease Records – Released (Album – Ringling Road)
    Highest new entry this week (#70 – Texas Regional Radio Report) & “Creek Don’t Rise” will rise fast. Fiddle-driven uptempo tune. Danceable, sing-a-long chorus & let’s not forget the fiddle-play…(9/10)

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  5. I say “Nope” to this review. 10/10. Kip Moore is fantastic and puts his heart into everything he does. His live shows are phenomenal. Wild Ones was a fantastic cd. More Girls Like You is great too.

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  6. I’m one of the fans who really stands by Kip. He’s great live, his albums are good to great for me, he’s relatable, etc.

    Then he goes and releases this to appease mainstream and I can’t stop shaking my head. I agree with your review, there’s only so much you can take from an artist and fans like me before saying “sh!t or get off the pot”.

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