|Styles:||Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Country-Rock|
|Recording Location:||Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; Sound Shop Studios; Starstruck Studios; Westwood Sound Studio, Nashville, TN|
|Release Date:||October 3, 2006|
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.
|Beer or Gasoline / Ira Dean / David Lee Murphy / Kim Tribble||Chris Young||3:28|
|You're Gonna Love Me / Ashley Gorley||Chris Young||2:57|
|Drinkin' Me Lonely / Larry Wayne Clark / Chris Young||Chris Young||3:20|
|White Lightning Hit the Family Tree / Brice Long||Chris Young||3:52|
|Lay It on Me / Chris Young||Chris Young||3:31|
|Burn / Lee Thomas Miller||Chris Young||3:04|
|Small Town Big Time / Chris Young||Chris Young||2:54|
|Flowers / Monty Criswell||Chris Young||3:00|
|Center of My World / David Lee Murphy / Chris Young||Chris Young||3:34|
|I'm Headed Your Way, Jose||Chris Young||3:29|
|Who's Gonna Take Me Home / Tony Martin / Wendell Mobley||Chris Young||3:02|