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.