The production on this version is very solid. Deeper, richer, more purpose in the sound of his voice, the keys add a nice touch as well. Knowing he was planning to send it to country radio as his next single, I wasn’t quite sure what the production would be like, but it remains quite true to the original.
Honestly, I think his vocals here are even better than before, and you can hear the maturity and longing in his voice even more so with 10 years of life in between the time the song was first released. That in and of itself makes it even more intriguing to me.
A deep cut from his 2012 debut album, Up All Night, was originally co-written alongside Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey.
“The initial idea for ‘Crazy One More Time’ came about after running into someone that I hadn’t seen in years, and someone that I had a lot of history with.
That’s kind of how I feel about this song right now, there is a history there, but now it has this new life sonically since we went back in the studio and recut it. This song has evolved over the years thanks to the fans.
When we play it at shows the fans sing it as loud as my biggest songs, and if I don’t play it it’s the one that I get requested to play the most. I’m excited to go on this journey with this track at country radio.”
He’s had the idea to rerelease it as a single for a while now, and like I’ve said before, I’m just excited that it’s finally going to get the attention it deserves. Whether or not country radio feels the same way that I do about the song is a whole other story…
The heart of the song cuts to the wistful mystique of a person with whom your connection never seems to fade, no matter how much time has gone by. He narrates the daydream of what it would be like to have one last ride with a person from a long-gone relationship in a beautiful and alluring way.
Much like the story in the song, every time his fans hear it, those nostalgic feelings come flooding back so effortlessly, and I think part of the reason it has resonated so deeply throughout the years is because we’ve all been there or felt and experienced something like he describes in the song.
I’ve never heard someone put all of those feelings together quite the way he does here, and it was really the one that first made me fall in love with his music, so it will always have a very special place in my heart.
And just like the first time I heard it, this new version is going to be the only thing I listen to for at least the next month… Kip has outdone himself yet again: