First off, let me just say that I’m so fucking hyped for this album. My new best friend and (not to flex) but Justin Moore’s tour manager, JR, keeps saying that if this isn’t my new favorite Justin Moore album, then I need to message him. JR, we both know that I’m stupid enough to do anything with a few beers in me. With that being said, I will be typing this article live as I hear the songs for the first time. Going into the album, the smash hit “We Didn’t Have Much” and “She Ain’t Mine No More” have already been released, along with an acoustic version of “We Didn’t Have Much.” That leaves just five songs to be released at midnight on April 23rd. “Consecutive Days Alive” was performed on the Livestream from April 17th, so I have heard it, but not the studio version, just the live version. The song that excites me the most is the cover track “Straight Outta the Country,” written by Hardy.
A Hardy-written Justin Moore song might be the dream song for me, but I suppose we will find out at midnight. No pressure, but if this song disappoints me, I might plunge into a depression that I will never recover from. My favorite artist and my favorite songwriter teaming up and failing might just be the biggest lie I’ve felt in my life. The remaining songs include “Hearing Things,” “More Than Me,” and “You Keep Getting Me Drunk.” Without further a due, here is my official review of “Straight Outta The Country.”
Based on titles alone, I wasn’t very excited for this song. I’m not sure why I doubt Justin sometimes, but I always do, and he always makes me look like a fool. “Hearing Things” reminds me a lot of “Country Again” by Thomas Rhett because it’s about how Moore moves to a city and fucking hates it but is doing it for the money.
“‘Cause I’m losing mine, I think I’m going crazy, hearing things in my head life.
Truck tires rolling on a gravel road, AM static on the radio
Pine trees swinging and singing when the wind blows, I swear I’m hearing things like
Muddy water rippling on the riverbank, the lonesome whistle of a midnight train
It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m hearing things, and they’re calling me home”
It’s the idea that although the city has more money, it isn’t worth giving up the lifestyle that country folk know and love. This is a roll the windows down and feel-good song. If you are driving past a farm, let the smell of cow shit fill the cab of your pickup. It is a song that says summer, and it’s a great kickoff to a great album.
Consecutive Days Alive
As I had mentioned, I had already heard this song on the Livestream Justin Moore did a few weeks ago. Like “She Ain’t Mine No More,” this song is a song that I didn’t really love until I heard it in the collection of songs. But damn, I love it. This song, to me, sounds like it might be the radio follow-up to “We Didn’t Have Much” if this short album gets another single. The song is essentially a song saying that Moore has lived a life, taken many risks, done stuff he might not be proud of. Still, he is just happy to break his record for consecutive days alive at the end of the day—two songs in and two fantastic new songs.
We Didn’t Have Much
This is the current radio single, sitting in the low twenties on the radio chart when I wrote this. It’s a very nostalgic song, talking about how simple life was when he didn’t have much. It then talks about how he realized that he loved the simplicity that he didn’t think he loved when he went off to try to get more money and improve his life. It’s a song about enjoying what you have despite your financial standing because the grass isn’t always greener.
She Ain’t Mine No More.
An excellent old Justin Moore heartbreak song. What would a Justin Moore album be without a heartbreak song? As mentioned just a few songs ago, I wasn’t a massive fan of this song as a teaser, but now that I have the entire collection, it is growing on me. Moore sees his ex at a bar and very clearly isn’t over her, as seeing her triggers all these feelings of not having her anymore. However, it’s also clear that the girl is over him because she is partying it up and having a great time: a classic breakup song and another great one.
More Than Me
This song is good; however, I admit that since I’m not a dad, I don’t feel like I’m the best person to review this song. I enjoy that it’s acoustic, and I think it’s a fucking great song to sing about kids. I do want to point out one little thing, is Justin Moore throwing some shade at his Razorbacks with the line, “Hope you get to see the hometown team win a little more than me?” We might be the first to call out the beef between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Justin Moore. Are you going to take that Sam Pitman? On a serious note, though, another great song, just one I don’t feel I can genuinely appreciate at this stage in my life.
Straight Outta the Country
I have great news; I don’t have to do anything dramatic. I was so fucking nervous when I heard Justin Moore and Hardy had a song together. Obviously, it’s no secret Justin Moore is my favorite artist, and Hardy being my favorite writer/one of my favorite artists, it’s a combo I have wanted for a long time. “Straight Outta the Country” fucking slaps. It’s a bonfire song, it’s a song you jam to with the windows down, it’s a song you should always just listen to. To say it’s the best quality song on the album might not be fair, but it’s the best song that you want to crack a cold one to on a Friday night. Thank you, Hardy and Justin Moore, for putting out a song that I can listen to constantly on repeat forever. If anyone has an issue with it, they can go back to the city.
You Keep Getting Me Drunk
For some reason, when I first heard this song, I didn’t think of this as a breakup song; I thought of it of it like an “I Can’t Love You Back” by Easton Corbin where the girl died. I don’t think this is the song’s meaning, but I got the feeling that the girl left more suddenly than a breakup. Then Moore just wanted to wake up and drink his feelings away because he didn’t get closure and never will. Again, this is probably not at all what Moore meant by this song. Still, the interpretation of it for me almost gives it another layer. A sadder song to finish off the album; it still is a great one.
So that’s the “Straight Outta the Country” recap. It has seven great, really quality songs, plus an acoustic song. I wish Justin would put out another album with fifteen songs at once, but at the same time with “Late Nights and Longnecks,” and now this one, I’m wondering if these short and sweet albums improve the quality of the music. I mean, Luke Combs last album had twenty-three songs on it, and I have thirteen of them downloaded. Not to say the other ten are bad songs, but they just aren’t as good, in my opinion.
Justin Moore seems like he has found a formula that works. He has a few breakup songs, a few drinking songs, a few country anthems, and bam, that’s an album. Justin doesn’t need a bunch of shitty radio generic love songs; he doesn’t necessarily have something for everyone. I think Justin accepted that he isn’t going to catch George Strait for the most #1 songs of all time, so his attitude is fuck it, I’ll do what I want and be happy with my discography. For his fanbase, that is precisely what we want. Don’t lie to us, don’t give us shit, give us music that’ll make country artists from the 90’s proud.