Justin Moore - Justin Moore
By: Matt Bjorke
There’s no mistaking it. Justin Moore is country. He’s country in every song he sings and everything about the boy from a town of 300 people bleeds through his music. Justin Moore is writing and singing about his life and the people he knows, not stuff he doesn’t. With the success of “Small Town USA” -a Top 10 hit the week of this album release- many people know who Justin Moore is. “How I Got To Be This Way” is Justin’s country meets AC/DC rocker that will remind people of some Jason Aldean song but where Aldean may come off as hollow, Moore feels authentic, mainly due to his deep southern twang and ability to write AND sing his songs.
There are attitude songs like “I Could Kick Your Ass,” a silly song about a woman’s backside and a whole lotta country songs. John Rich may have released 2009’s ‘essential’ political song but “Good Ole American Way” sure feels like a song that could do what “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” couldn’t; get into the Top 10 at radio (even if it’s completely aimed at “red states”). “Grandpa” is basically the only time on the record that is even remotely close to a ballad and it is a touching song about the patriarch of Moore’s family.
The album closer “Hank It” feels like a modern twist on “A Country Boy Can Survive” and it’s a tribute to Hank Williams, Jr while basically recaps the country theme that is present on this record. The whole “Justin Moore” album feels like it could be played on the radio (“Hank It” is a t-shirt-ready anthem) and while some would instantly say that this record is then not worth listening to, Justin Moore isn’t making a record to not be on the radio, that is his goal, and he wants to bring a heavy dose of southern, country charm and twang back to it.