Kip Moore's Wild World: arena-friendly, but beware lyrical tropes

Country rocker Kip Moore's fourth album Wild World features few surprises but several big tunes

Kip Moore: Wild World
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After making his name with a few on-trend nods to a four-packs-and-trucks bro-country style, Georgia-born songwriter Kip Moore did a tidy job of working in stadium-leaning, widescreen eighties pop-rock on 2017’s Slowheart. 

But while he’s claiming that this follow-up is a more personal affair with “a lot of weight on these songs”, his tendency to fall back on tired old lyrical tropes isn’t hugely convincing. 

The title track features what “Mama told me” and it seems that his mom was a keen believer in gnomic platitudes (“It’s a wild world… find yourself a good girl. Life is short, some days are long.” Thanks, mum!).

Nonetheless, arena-friendly Bon Jovi-ish rockers such as She’s Mine and South have an easy, singalong appeal, and if Fire And Flame bears a passing resemblance to U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For, replete with echo-laden guitar arpeggios, then that’ll surely do it no harm at all. 

Wild? Not exactly, but there can’t be many places in the world where it wouldn’t translate.

Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock