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Album Review

Here it is: the debut album by the winner of 2005's Nashville Star competition. His prize was a contract with RCA Nashville. Given the music biz hype surrounding the show, it's no secret that his first single "Drinkin' Me Lonely," was a hit and garnered lots of interest at radio. But there's another reason for that, too: it's a great tune — and it was self-penned. But that's really just the beginning. Chris Young has one of those classic country voices that is memorable after one hears it the first time, like Keith Whitley, George Strait, Clint Black, and Ronnie Milsap. The record opens with "Beer or Gasoline," a loud country rocker, and slips effortlessly into "You're Gonna Love Me," a straightforward up-tempo country love song. By the time "Drinkin' Me Lonely'" comes up on the player, the album is in full swing. It's a song Merle Haggard would have been proud to write. Other notable cuts here include the rollicking wildness of "Lay It on Me," and the slippery love song "Center of My World." There are plenty of bad boy rockers to accompany the ballads, which makes for an auspicious debut. The only complaint is Buddy Cannon's production. It's so huge and compressed it makes the album sound generic even if the songs aren't — fiddles sound more like synths, the guitars all sound like they were recorded the late '70s, and the drums all have so much reverb on them, they sound more like programmed beats than an actual drumkit. The production will date this record instead of making it sound timeless like the great country albums that Young seems to adore given his classic writing style. Still, it's a first record, and Young is the real thing. It's no fluke he won the competition, and from the sound of this set, he's in it for the long haul.

Customer Reviews

WOW! Chris Young has an Amazing Voice and Major Talent!!! Seriously

I have liked Chris Young ever since he won Nashville Star back in the day! I knew he would go far when he sang his song Drinkin' Me Lonely! Someone that can wright a song and sing like that, you just know is going to go far. He has a voice that is not like many country singers and is very pure. I really love this Album and his new single! Please rate and review for Chris Young because i am sick of waiting for his next album to come out! Haha Its been too long Chris! Come on! Help us country lovers out there regain faith is this awesome genre! Sometimes we loose interest and need someone with a voice like yours to rope us back in to the music we truly love! Trust me and Buy this album!!!!

Really great country music!!!!!!

This is a awesome album!!!! You should really buy it if you love country :)

a great album

This is a great album from the first song and deffenatly straight through to the last. it has a guy like me who likes the more party side of country finding himself just letting it play even through the ballads. i'm looking forward to hearing what he has comming in the future. if you like him you'll probably like Tent Tomlinson and Jake Owen as well.


Born: June 12, 1985 in Murfreesboro, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The grandson of onetime Louisiana Hayride performer Richard Yates, country singer/songwriter Chris Young hails from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and first drew the public's attention when he appeared on the Nashville Star television show in 2006. Young's singing abilities first surfaced in children's theater productions in grade school, and with his family's full support, he threw himself into learning all he could about music, and country music in particular. By the time he was a senior in high school...
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