Review – Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink”

Justin Moore You Look Like I Need A Drink

The list of trend chasers in country music has been growing steadily in recent years and has shown no signs of slowing down. What really started this current era of awfulness in mainstream country is bro country and one of the artists who firmly had his hand in this pie was Justin Moore. I haven’t had the opportunity to write about Moore on the site yet, so many of you probably don’t know my stance on him. Well when it comes to Moore, he has annoyed me. A lot. First he started out with the nauseatingly clichéd “Small Town USA” and Jason Aldean-esqué “Backwoods.” Then there was his surprisingly pleasant hit “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” That was then followed up with his worst single “Bait A Hook,” a song I consider one of the worst I’ve heard in the last five years. One of his most recent singles in 2014 was his cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home.” This song was also bad, but I found it to be hilarious because Moore tries to hit high notes and sounds like he’s about to have an aneurysm from it. He followed this with the forgettable “This Kind of Town” and has been off the radar ever since.

Moore has now resurfaced with his brand new single “You Look Like I Need A Drink.” It’s the first song off his upcoming fourth album, which has yet to be announced. Just looking at the song title I was expecting the worst. You can’t blame me, based on his past singles he has released. I was expecting this song to be in a bar setting and Moore to be ugly shaming girls. I was ready to tear the song apart. But lo and behold I’m fortunately wrong. Getting past the slightly too loud drums to kick off the song, this song is actually enjoyable. Written by Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem and Natalie Hemby, the song is about a man who is anticipating his girlfriend to be coming over to his house to break up with him. When he sees her face he knows it to be true and that she looks like he needs a drink. The drinking is to help cope with the inevitable break-up that is about to happen. While the song doesn’t go too deep, it handles the situation in a mature manner and is a solid, mid-tempo break-up song.

The instrumentation on this song is nothing special. It’s your standard country sound you would have heard in the early 2000s (with some tinges of an organ thrown in). It’s not going to make any traditional country fans swoon, but it sounds like it belongs on country radio at the very least. It’s a song that doesn’t do anything special nor does anything terrible. “You Look Like I Need A Drink” is a solid tune that represents a nice compromise between what mainstream fans and traditional fans should strive to get more of on the radio. I give credit to Justin Moore for delivering something good and gives me some faith that maybe he could help bring more quality back to the country air waves.

Grade: 7.5/10

15 thoughts on “Review – Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink”

  1. Raymond November 3, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I am surprised by this that I actually liked it. Truth be told Justin Moore hasn’t impressed me at all. He has recorded some awful music and I mean awful like I’d Want It To Be Yours. Backwoods is a little bit of a guilty pleasure to a point but it’s still stupid. I did like Til My Last Day. This last album era Justin bored me more than outright offend me.

    Now I was expecting this to be one of those Big Machine Pop songs like Friend Zone, Live Forever and Turn It On. Since well Borchetta has $$$$ on his mind. This song surprisingly works. Now if there is one song though I immediately thought of when I heard this was Tyler Farr A Guy Walks Into A Bar and I can’t explain why.

    Are you guys reviewing Frankie Ballards new one theirs a lot of buzz on the song right now on Pulse so I am curious to see your guys thoughts (I do know you guys aren’t accepting requests but this song is getting a fair amount of buzz right now)

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    • Josh Schott November 3, 2015 / 11:42 am

      Moore hasn’t impressed me either, but hey he actually did well here.

      Yes, we’re reviewing it. Not a lot of releases in November, so this will definitely be given a review.


  2. Zack November 3, 2015 / 11:17 am

    I was really surprised how much I liked this. It’s nothing that will win any awards, but this is still relatively solid and a nice step up for Moore.

    Another one I’m surprised by is Frankie Ballard’s new one. Both his and Justin Moores songs have cringe inducing titles, and yet they’re solid. Maybe things are starting to look up? Or maybe it’s just getting to be that time of year where serious material has a chance. Idk…

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  3. Derek Hudgin November 3, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    An actual good modern country song from Justin Moore? Wow! Moore’s debut album wasn’t too bad and I originally didn’t find a lot to complain about with his sophomore effort (I’ve grown to dislike it more over the years), and I can’t stand Off The Beaten Path – that album is a mess.

    Hopefully this leads to a decent album!

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  4. lorenzofloris96 November 3, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I thought this was gonna suck but it’s a pretty good song. By the way Josh I’d love to hear your opinion on Moore’s very first single “Back that Thing Up”. I got the feeling that it’s going to be hilarious 🙂

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  5. Tom November 3, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    How hard is it for artists to release country songs that sound country and have some semblance of a meaning?? This song isn’t anything special, but is clearly country, has a decent story and is pleasant to listen to. I miss songs like this being the norm on the radio, not the outliers.

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  6. Kevin Davis November 3, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    I have an overall more positive impression of Moore’s past singles. I am surprised that you did not mention “Til My Last Day,” “Point at You,” and “Lettin’ the Night Roll” — which went, respectively, #1, #2, #1 on the Country Airplay chart (if Wikipedia is trustworthy here). Sure, these are not outstanding songs, but they have some good qualities, and they seem to fit comfortably alongside this new single.

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