Single Review: Justin Moore - "'Til My Last Day"
By: Bobby Peacock
I admit that I enjoy Justin Moore's work as a whole: where one sees pandering to rural clichés in "Small Town USA" or "Backwoods," I see honest looks at a lifestyle that Moore really has lived. Where one sees narrow-mindedness and shunning of city life in "Bait a Hook," I see good-natured ribbing. In short, I've liked every single he's put out so far, including "Til My Last Day."
With its strong slide guitar intro and soaring chorus, "Til My Last Day" sounds like a lost Brooks & Dunn cut from the mid-1990s. It's easily one of his most mature lyrics: he admits that he had a rough past, but promises that he will change and love her better than anyone else. The premise isn't the most original in the book, but it's a premise that I can fully get behind. Additionally, Moore sings it more convincingly and strongly than anything else in his catalog, a newfound level of maturity underscoring his twangy tenor. And as if you needed more proof that he means what he says, some of the lyrics are etched into his wedding ring.
Moore seemed to take a major step forward in sound with "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," and that progression seems to continue with "Til My Last Day." This easily ranks with "Heaven" as his best work yet. It's always pleasing to see an artist taking strides forward in forging a musical identity (although I think it's a bit too early to throw around the word "outlaw" yet — Eric Church, are you listening?), especially when the output is as solid as it is here.