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Album Review

Mat Kearney seems to describe the trajectory of his music career halfway through his third album when he croons, "From the moment that you popped out on the scene, hard to know what you got or [what] you're meant to be." The Nashville-based singer made a splash with 2006's Nothing Left to Lose, but didn't seem to grasp fully what he had at the time. After exploring the nuances of his sound on his next album, Young Love could be considered his arrival record, finding the right flavor of hip-hop, adult alternative, and classic storytelling. The formula works well for the Oregon-born songwriter, who again uses his raspy tenor to take melodies in directions you wouldn't necessarily expect. The album comes off much like the opening weeks of a relationship, where moments bounce between earnest and playful, heavy and light, but each ultimately memorable in its own way. There are sounds influenced by Bruno Mars' flirtatiousness ("She Got the Honey"), Jason Mraz's hip-hop fusion ("Ships in the Night"), and even Elvis Costello's retro-rock coolness ("Young Dumb and in Love"). And don't forget the children's voices on "Count on Me" that make you want to pick up a jump rope and join in a playground game of Double Dutch. Most of Young Love works like a soft summer soundtrack that sounds best when played in its entirety. The album hails Kearney's development as a songwriter as well as longtime producer Robert Marvin's depth of sonic effects. All in all, a noteworthy release that reveals more layers the longer you listen.

Customer Reviews

Finally a Runaway!!!

Yeeha! Runaway is finally available as a single...a fantastic song from a great movie that has only been on the soundtrack up to this point. Thank you itunes.

Great Album

Before "Young Love", I had never even heard of Mat Kearney. I was just randomly on the rock section and I saw "Hey Mama" break the top 10. That's when I thought I'd check him out. I scroll down a bit and saw "Ships in the Night". I really don't know if my mind has ever been blown like it was when I heard that song for the first time. Mat Kearney is an extremely talented and underrated artist. Just some of my personal favorites on this cd are Ships in the Night, Runaway, Down, Chasing the Light, and Count on me. The more I discover this man's music, the more impressed I am with him. I know that this album hasn't even been out for a full year yet, but I cannot wait to see what his future stuff will bring.

Mat Is The Man

I've been a big fan of Mat's for a long time now and I have to say, Young Love is by far and away his best album! And why does no one seem to notice the addition of "What She Wants"? Keep em' coming Mat!


Born: December 1, 1978 in Eugene, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born in Eugene, Oregon, singer/songwriter Mat Kearney began his musical career 400 miles south at the Chico branch of California State University, where he studied literature and played on the soccer team. After completing his junior year, Kearney went to Nashville with friend/producer Robert Marvin, with the intention of only staying the summer to lay down a few songs. However, after offers for recording deals started coming in, Kearney decided to remain in Tennessee to seriously pursue his songwriting...
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Young Love (Deluxe Edition), Mat Kearney
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative
  • Released: May 01, 2012

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