Kip Moore - Wild Ones

If you were at Country To Country festival in London this March you might have caught the opening set from Kip Moore on the Sunday. His first show on English soil saw him deliver a rollicking blue collar take on country music. His debut record contained some out and out crowd pleasers but on the follow up he’s taken a more personal approach. Written mainly between gigs as he’s toured the US over the last three years Moore tackles memories of his youth and the coping with the road. With a lack of radio play following his debut it’s been a rougher ride to release than Moore would have wanted but he’s on the front now as tracks like ‘That’s Alright With Me’ show.

The best way to look at Wild Ones is through the same lens as War On Drugs mega-successful 2014 album; this is 80’s rock revisited. The opening track shimmers like the best stadium rock of the decade, while the anthemic ‘Magic’ shares DNA with his live shows. The memories of ‘That Was Us’ are vivid; ‘Lipstick’ digs deep into Moore’s loneliness with his impassioned refrain (“Lotta road, lotta miles just to feel your smile / Girl I wanna touch you while I kiss your lipstick”); ‘Heart’s Desire’ channels Springsteen; and lead single ‘I’m To Blame’ is unapologetically brusque. So this isn’t subtle, Moore is a big fan of The Boss and that shines clearly throughout. Don’t take that as a slight though, Moore is lyrically articulate and Wild Ones is stuffed full of rousing anthems.

Overall

Moore adds defiant anthems for album #2

8

out of 10

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