Song Review: Kip Moore, “More Girls Like You”

If there’s one thing I would add to make Kip Moore’s “More Girls Like You” a better song, it wouldn’t be an instrument or wittier lyrics. It would be a bag of throat lozenges.

Moore’s career got off to a fast start in the early 2010s, earning three top-five singles (including the terrible-but-popular No. 1 “Somethin’ Bout A Truck”) off of his debut album Up All Night. Since then, however, Moore’s been in a sophomore slump, with a single measly top 15 to show for his four post-debut single. “More Girls Like You” is billed as the leadoff single for Moore’s untitled third album, but I don’t think this is the song that will dig him out of this rut.

Production-wise, the song has an uplifting arena-anthem vibe to it, with its spacious electric guitars and hard-hitting (real) drums. The song opens with an acoustic guitar, but it quickly gives way to the more prominent instruments by the start of the first chorus. The whole mix produces a surprisingly bright and optimistic sound, which fits the song’s subject matter pretty well.

Lyrically, the song is about a bad boy declaring that a good woman turned him into a thoughtful, responsible adult. There are two major problems with this theme: It’s been covered a lot, including by some of country’s greatest artists (therefore the bar is set pretty high), and it requires a lot of detail to make the song feel personal and powerful. “More Girls Like You,” in contrast, uses vague and generic imagery, leaving it without the punch of even a song like Chris Janson’s “Holdin’ Her.” A song like this is dependent on its performance to elevate it, which brings us to the song’s biggest flaw…

Vocally, there’s no way around it: Moore sounds awful on this track. He’s always had a raspy, Brantley Gilbert-esque voice, but on “More Girls Like You,” he sound more hoarse than Doc Rivers, especially on the chorus. Try as Moore might, his subpar delivery keeps the song from coming across as believable and sincere, and leaves the listener feeling kind of “meh” towards the whole thing.

Overall, “More Girls Like You” is a mediocre song that doesn’t really engender the emotional response Moore and the writers intended. The song fits the current trend of giving more respect to women and will fill time and space on the radio, but I don’t see it sticking on the charts or in peoples’ memories for too long.

Rating: 5/10. If you miss this one, you’re not missing much.

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