12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On one hand, Brett Young's debut album holds enough hooks to stock a bait-and-tackle shop—from the funky syncopation and rap-informed vocal phrasing of "Makin' Me Say" to the stomping chorus on "Close Enough" that could have fallen off the back of a classic-rock delivery truck. At the same time, he shows a striking subtlety on tunes like the spare, emotionally unguarded piano ballad "Mercy" and the tender, light-footed "In Case You Didn't Know." Early in his career, he's already mastered working both sides of the fence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On one hand, Brett Young's debut album holds enough hooks to stock a bait-and-tackle shop—from the funky syncopation and rap-informed vocal phrasing of "Makin' Me Say" to the stomping chorus on "Close Enough" that could have fallen off the back of a classic-rock delivery truck. At the same time, he shows a striking subtlety on tunes like the spare, emotionally unguarded piano ballad "Mercy" and the tender, light-footed "In Case You Didn't Know." Early in his career, he's already mastered working both sides of the fence.

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