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Kip Moore

Up All Night – 2012 (MCA Nashville)

Reviewed by Michael Rampa

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Kip Moore's debut, "Up All Night" may be out now, but he is no newbie. He wrote two songs on Thompson Square's debut before surfacing with his singleMary Was the Marrying Kind. Kiefer Thompson returned the favor by co-writing the opener Drive Me Crazy, a teenage romance number with infectious melody.

Moore said he thinks fans still have a lot to learn about him and the depth of "Up All Night." "They'll be surprised from the single. It's a very emotional record. I think it's going to really move people. That's what I hope for."

It's a lofty goal considering that a couple of songs speak to plying women with alcohol, specifically Beer Money where he invites a down on her luck lady to drink her troubles away because he's buying and his personal favorite, Crazy One More Time. It is meant to be a sweet recollection of a final make out session with a girl he knows he'll never see again, and it would be if she weren't successfully enticed with "cheap cigarettes and your favorite beer."

This is offset by the relatively sweet Everything But You where a man finds his oceanfront utopia, but true bliss eludes him because it is missing his true love. Further redemption is found on Mary Was the Marrying Kind, a song - the first single - about a good girl, but only on the deluxe iTunes edition.

On Reckless (Still Growing Up), a man who refuses to grow up gets fired for smoking pot and blows all his money. When he vows to change his life and join the Peace Corps, he instead runs off with a stewardess he meets in the airport bar before boarding. Moore's effort to move listeners may need to wait.