The long three-year wait for a new Justin Moore album ended on August 12 with the release of his fourth album Kinda Don’t Care. To celebrate the new album, he played in his home state of Arkansas. The Little Rock crowd welcomed him warmly with open arms. Moore didn’t stop after the show though as he found his way to Waffle House where he rolled up his sleeves, and got down and dirty in the kitchen.
Moore followed up his Little Rock concert with a Nashville Album Release Bar Crawl to Honky Tonk Central, Rippy’s, and Tootsies. These shows were 21 and over and first come, first serve. Moore topped off his second night with another Waffle House stop, this time with Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta and his wife Sandi Borchetta.
Moore’s album Kinda Don’t Care skyrocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart. With the release of his current single off the album, “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” fans were skeptical if his new album would shy away from his more traditional country roots. This album reflects Moore as an artist. Moore admitted that he “Took time to record this album. Once it was done, it was done. The songs are about my life experiences.” He also mentioned that, “This album is the most diverse I’ve ever recorded.”
After listening to Kinda Don’t Care, Moore’s current radio single, “You Look Like I Need a Drink” has some competition for listeners’ ears. The first song “Robbin’ Trains” is the perfect rebel song that reflects on if it were 100 years ago, that they would be the bad-guy outlaws wanted dead or alive, drinking whiskey, and robbing trains. The title track is a “guy song” about doing everything right, from taking care of himself, working hard, and going to church, to prove to a girl that he has changed. But then the guy loses hope and doesn’t want to wait around for something to happen. He wants to light it up, drink Crown and Coke, and find someone who doesn’t want strings attached. In the end, he just doesn’t care. “Somebody Else Will” is another song about love. The lyrics pinpoint the struggle a guy faces getting enough courage to make the move. If he doesn’t, somebody else will.
Known for having duets on his albums, this go around Moore offers up “More Middle Fingers” with Brantley Gilbert. It’s the perfect song for the hard-working, beer drinking middle class. Moore and Gilbert sing about having more middle fingers to give to the IRS, dirty politicians, bosses who make you overwork, crooked Wall Street, and those who lack respect for Mr. Jack, Charlie Daniels, America Troops, and red-collared workers. The best lyrics in the song are, “I could use a few for the dude in the suit who cut me off in his brand new Beamer.” Living near Scottsdale, AZ., I can relate to that one!
My favorite song off the album is “Life in the Livin’” which reminds me of “Point at You” off Moore’s Off The Beaten Path album. I can see this song becoming a country anthem. When I listen to the song, it reminds me of my younger years – raising hell, playing double dog dare, staying up all night, driving through the countryside, and pouring stiff drinks. It’s all about putting the life into living.
Produced by Jeremy Stover. Kinda Don’t Care includes a wide-array of writers such as Casey Beathard, CJ Solar, Rhett Akins, Josh Thompson, and Brett Beavers among other big names in Nashville. To put into words, Kinda Don’t Care is a songwriting masterpiece, featuring songs with different approaches to writing lyrics and music which makes for a diverse and fantastic Justin Moore album.
Kinda Don’t Care by Justin Moore is available now on iTunes. The deluxe version includes four additional songs.