Slowheart

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Slowheart
Kipmooreslowheart.jpg
Studio album by Kip Moore
Released September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Genre Country Rock
Length 46:47
Label MCA Nashville
Producer
Kip Moore chronology
Wild Ones
(2015)Wild Ones2015
Slowheart
(2017)
Singles from Slowheart
  1. "More Girls Like You"
    Released: February 10, 2017
  2. "Last Shot"
    Released: November 20, 2017
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Exclaim!6/10[3]
Roughstock4/5 stars[4]
Sounds Like NashvillePositive[5]

Slowheart is the third studio album by American country music artist Kip Moore, released on September 8, 2017, through MCA Nashville.[6] The album's lead single, "More Girls Like You", was released on February 10, 2017.

Background and recording[edit]

Following the release and touring behind 2015's Wild Ones, Moore took time off to travel, surf and write music.[7] He tells Rolling Stone that Slowheart falls "somewhere between Americana, rock and the evocative storytelling of country."[7]

The album, which Moore produced about 75% of, has less of a "band in the room sound" and more of a vintage, "vocals out front" sound.[7] Moore claims he drew inspiration for the album from Motown music and also '70s classic rock music.[8] The songs "Plead the Fifth" and "The Bull" were not written in any part by Moore, which makes Slowheart Moore's first release to feature songs not written or co-written by him.[9]

Moore said of the album's theme that:

The term Slowheart has always been dear to me, but then it finally made sense with this record of coming to grips with my own vulnerabilities, my own hopes, my own stubbornness -- the long journey that it took to get to where I’m at, and the clarity I’m at now. I think for sure this is the most vulnerable I’ve been on a record... the first one is still stuck in that same stubborn place of dealing with the same issues that I’ve faced before, still staying stuck in that spot and not doing anything about it, still feeling that sorrow. Whereas the second half is more hopeful in terms of who I hope to be the next time I’m faced with certain things.[10]

Release[edit]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from Slowheart, "More Girls Like You", was released on February 10, 2017. The album's release was then preceded by the release of four additional songs to digital outlets and streaming services: "The Bull" (August 11, 2017),[11] "Blonde" (August 18, 2017),[12] "Bittersweet Company" (August 25, 2017).[13] and "Plead the Fifth" (September 1, 2017).[14]

Promotional singles[edit]

Four promotional singles were released from the album: "The Bull" on August 11, 2017,[15] "Blonde" on August 18, 2017,[16] "Bittersweet Company" on August 25, 2017.[17] and "Plead the Fifth" on September 1, 2017.[18]

Album[edit]

On August 31, 2017, Slowheart was made available to stream in its entirety through NPR's "First Listen" program.[19]

Commercial performance[edit]

Slowheart debuted at number three on the Billboard Country Albums chart and number ten on the all-genre US Billboard 200, moving 29,000 equivalent album units; it sold 25,000 copies in its first week, with the remainder of its unit total reflecting the album's streaming activity and track sales. It marks Moore's third straight top ten full-length album, following 2012's Up All Night and 2015's Wild Ones.[20] As of March 2018 the album has sold 46,200 copies in the United States.[21]

Title and artwork[edit]

Slowheart's title comes from a nickname given to Moore by a bandmate, referring to the slow pace at which he shows his emotions.[9] Moore's band is also named "The Slowhearts."[9] The album's cover artwork features a photo taken of Moore in Costa Rica, where he found inspiration for the album.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Source: Rolling Stone[7]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Plead the Fifth"Luke Dick, Josh Kear3:22
2."Just Another Girl"Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Ben Helson3:47
3."I've Been Around"Moore, Dan Couch3:37
4."Fast Women"Moore, Blair Daly, Davis, Troy Verges3:38
5."Bittersweet Company"Moore, Josh Miller, Verges3:28
6."Sunburn"Moore, David Garcia, Miller, Steven Olsen3:40
7."More Girls Like You"Moore, Olsen, Miller, Garcia2:34
8."The Bull"Jon Randall, Dick3:09
9."Blonde"Moore, Olsen, Miller, Garcia3:28
10."Good Thing"Moore, Miller, Verges2:50
11."Last Shot"Moore, Couch, David Lee Murphy3:48
12."Try Again"Moore, Garcia, Miller4:03
13."Guitar Man"Moore, Couch, Davis5:23
Total length:46:47

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 6
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 10
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[24] 6
Scottish Albums (OCC)[25] 78
US Billboard 200[26] 10
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[27] 3

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
United States September 8, 2017 MCA Nashville [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Slowheart - Kip Moore - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Slowheart - Kip Moore". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ Easton, Anthony (August 30, 2017). "Kip Moore - Slowheart". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 7, 2017). "Album Review: Kip Moore - Slowheart". Roughstock. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ Reuter, Annie (September 6, 2017). "Album Review: Kip Moore's 'SLOWHEART'". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ Casey, Jim (June 21, 2017). "Kip Moore Announces New Album, "Slowheart," for Sept. 8 + Track Listing". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d Moss, Marissa S. (June 21, 2017). "Kip Moore Announces New Album, Talks 'Double Edged Sword' of Success". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ Thompson, Gayle (July 2, 2017). "Kip Moore Promises 'More Colors' on Upcoming 'Slowheart' Album". The Boot. Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d Stecker, Liv (July 25, 2017). "Everything We Know About Kip Moore's New Album, 'Slowheart'". The Boot. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/7949950/kip-moore-new-album-slowheart-interview-video
  11. ^ "Kip Moore: The Bull". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Kip Moore: Blonde". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Kip Moore: Bittersweet Company". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Kip Moore: Plead the Fifth". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Kip Moore: The Bull". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Kip Moore: Blonde". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Kip Moore: Bittersweet Company". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Kip Moore: Plead the Fifth". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  19. ^ Hight, Jewly (August 31, 2017). "First Listen: Kip Moore, 'Slowheart'". NPR. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  20. ^ Caulfield, Keith (September 17, 2017). "Thomas Rhett Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart & Country's First of 2017". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 5, 2018). "Top 10 Country Album Sales Chart: March 4, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Kip Moore – Slowheart". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  23. ^ "Kip Moore Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  24. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 18, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  26. ^ "Kip Moore Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  27. ^ "Kip Moore Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  28. ^ "Kip Moore - Slowheart - Amazon.com Music". Amazon.com. ASIN B073XPDPR7. Retrieved August 16, 2017.