Justin Moore (album)

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Justin Moore
Studio album by Justin Moore
Released August 11, 2009[1][2]
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Country
Length 31:20
Label The Valory Music Co.
Producer Jeremy Stover
Justin Moore chronology
Justin Moore
(2009)
Outlaws Like Me
(2011)
Singles from Justin Moore
  1. "Back That Thing Up"
    Released: July 28, 2008[3]
  2. "Small Town USA"
    Released: February 10, 2009
  3. "Backwoods"
    Released: October 19, 2009
  4. "How I Got to Be This Way"
    Released: June 1, 2010

Justin Moore is the self-titled debut album of country music artist Justin Moore. It was released on August 11, 2009[1] by Valory Music Group, a subsidiary of Big Machine Records. The singles released from it are "Back That Thing Up", "Small Town USA", "Backwoods" and "How I Got to Be This Way". "Small Town USA" became Moore's first Number One hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in September 2009. Moore co-wrote all the songs all the album except for "Back That Thing Up".[1]

History[edit]

This album was part of a special promotion called "So You Want to Be a Record Label Executive." This promotion placed Moore's music on social networking sites such as MySpace and iLike, where fans could make playlists consisting of ten songs, and the top ten songs that are picked were included on Moore's album.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars
Country Standard Time (very negative)
Engine 145 3/5 stars
Roughstock (favorable)

The album has received mixed reviews from music critics. Karlie Justus of Engine 145 gave it three stars out of five, saying that Moore "pull[s] off his[…]influences with a country authenticity more capably than any other country up-and-comer at the moment;" she added that many of the other songs seemed to repeat the theme of "Small Town USA," but that "Grandpa", "Like There's No Tomorrow" and "Hank It" "rely on important details that obviously matter."[5] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave a favorable review, saying that "Moore isn't making a record to not be on the radio, that is his goal, and he wants to bring a heavy dose of southern, country charm and twang back to it."[6]

Country Standard Time writer Jeffrey B. Remz gave a mostly negative review, criticizing Moore for "cover[ing] the same turf" as Jason Aldean and Randy Houser, and referring to Moore as a "poseur" for name-dropping in "Hank It" and "Small Town USA," in addition to calling the production "a bit too clean and perfect."[7] It received a two-and-a-half star rating from Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who said that Moore "sees no shame in pandering" and called the album "anonymous country-rock."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "How I Got to Be This Way"   Justin Moore, Jeremy Stover, Rivers Rutherford 2:59
2. "Small Town USA"   Moore, Stover, Brian Maher 3:40
3. "Backwoods"   Moore, Stover, Jamie Paulin[9] 2:37
4. "Like There's No Tomorrow"   Moore, Stover, Maher 3:29
5. "Good Ole American Way"   Moore, Stover, Maher 2:48
6. "I Could Kick Your Ass"   Moore, Stover, Maher 3:14
7. "Back That Thing Up"   Stover, Randy Houser[10] 2:37[3]
8. "The Only Place That I Call Home"   Moore, Stover, Dallas Davidson 3:25
9. "Grandpa"   Moore, Stover, Paulin 3:29
10. "Hank It"   Moore, Stover, Maher 3:02

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2009-2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 10
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[12] 3

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
2010
US Billboard Top Country Albums[12] 40[13]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[14]
US
[15]
2008 "Back That Thing Up" 38
2009 "Small Town USA" 1 44 * US: Gold[16]
"Backwoods" 6 69 * US: Gold[17]
2010 "How I Got to Be This Way" 17 101
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Self titled album of Justin Moore". Justinmooremusic. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Justin Moore - Justin Moore - Listen and discover music at Last.fm". last.fm. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Back That Thing Up - Justin Moore - Listen and discover music at Last.fm". last.fm. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  4. ^ Petruziello, Francis (2008-10-14). "Justin Moore wants you to produce his album". The Cleveland Leader. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  5. ^ Justus, Karlie (13 August 2009). "Justin Moore review". Engine 145. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (11 August 2009). "Justin Moore review". Roughstock. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Remz, Jeffrey B. "Justin Moore review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Justin Moore review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Backwoods Lyrics- Justin Moore". Lyricsfreak.com. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  10. ^ "Back That Thing Up Lyrics- Justin Moore". Lyricsfreak.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  11. ^ "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  14. ^ "Justin Moore Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 622. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Justin Moore – Small Town USA". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Justin Moore – Backwoods". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Justin Moore – Justin Moore". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH