Review : Kip Moore - Up All Night
Taste of countryItís a little early to call any album the best anything of 2012, but itís no stretch to say Kip MooreĎs debut is the best by a new country artist this year, so far. ĎUp All Nightí introduces the gypsy from south Georgia as an inspiring storyteller, a talented lyricist and a gritty, well-traveled vocalist.
The heart of ĎUp All Nightí comes after the sexy single ĎSomethiní ĎBout a Truck.í Itís cuts four through eight that prove Moore to be something of a country music Bruce Springsteen. He doesnít take on social issues like the Boss does, but he waxes nostalgia like the New Jersey rocker used to....full text
Huffington PostOn his debut album "Up All Night," country music newcomer Kip Moore manages to fit contemporary country music's narrow conventions, yet distinguishes himself with a musical vision of his own.
Aided by producer Brett James, the Georgia native treads familiar territory, singing about home, faith, trucks, beer, good love and living life on his own terms. Yet he makes these overworked themes engaging by matching his hoarse voice with stripped-down roots-rock and lyrics born of experience rather than clichés.
At his best, Moore seems capable of joining the ranks of country stars Dierks Bentley and Eric Church. That's company few Nashville newcomers attain with introductory albums these days....full text
Rough StockKip Moore is yet another artist who got his foot in the door by writing for someone else. Specifically, he penned "All the Way" and "Let's Fight" on Thompson Square's debut album before making his first appearance with "Mary Was the Marrying Kind." Although this song fell short of the top 40 (and it doesn't appear on this album unless you buy the deluxe edition from iTunes), Kip and MCA Nashville quickly called a mulligan. And not unlike the aforementioned Thompson Square with "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not," Kip's second single ("Somethin' 'bout a Truck") has taken off.
The guitars ring out and crunch, the drums (or drum loops) and bass are clearly audible, and Kip is never overpowered by the instruments. Overall, Up All Night gets absolutely everything right, as a debut album should....full text
Country music is loveThe album talks about love, but it doesnít just dwell on what has gone wrong, it also appreciates that it happened and looks forward to the future. It talks about life lessons, but it doesnít reminisce on youth with sadness. It appreciates the experiences that led to where he is today. Overall, in eleven tracks, Kip Moore has covered all the country basics Ė life, love, girls, trucks, beer. But with Kipís songwriting and Brett Jamesí production skills, itís like hearing those themes for the first time. Nothing seems redundant, or like a song that youíve heard a million times before. Itís fresh. Itís southern rock and bluesy. Best of all, itís country, and itís a must-have.
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