A.M.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chris Young is a smart guy, smart enough to know which way the country winds are blowing in 2013. Positioned as a bit of a traditionalist ever since he won Nashville Star in 2005, Young now makes a modern move with 2013's A.M., brightening up his sound by leaning on cheerful, chipper pop hooks and a production so gleaming it shows his reflection; he has even chosen to smile on his album cover for the first time ever. Certainly, it's hard to shake the impression that Young has been rocked by the success of Luke Bryan, whose amiable bro-next-door party-hearty persona permeates every part of A.M. that isn't devoted to ballads. Those slow, sometimes melodramatic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chris Young is a smart guy, smart enough to know which way the country winds are blowing in 2013. Positioned as a bit of a traditionalist ever since he won Nashville Star in 2005, Young now makes a modern move with 2013's A.M., brightening up his sound by leaning on cheerful, chipper pop hooks and a production so gleaming it shows his reflection; he has even chosen to smile on his album cover for the first time ever. Certainly, it's hard to shake the impression that Young has been rocked by the success of Luke Bryan, whose amiable bro-next-door party-hearty persona permeates every part of A.M. that isn't devoted to ballads. Those slow, sometimes melodramatic songs remain Young's specialty and although they're often somewhat glossier here than they've been before -- there's a greater emphasis on echoing guitars, the kind that can fill an arena -- they feel like they belong to an older, different artist than the one that's showcased on the rest of A.M., an album so steeped in modern vernacular that one of the centerpieces is a song called "Text Me Texas" (which, ironically enough, is perhaps the purest bit of country here). Such a radical shift in sensibility has been enough to derail careers, but at his core Young is a people pleaser so his new set of threads suits him well. His baritone lends heft to the rowdy party "Aw Naw," yet it's supple enough to sound sunny on "Hold You to It" or "Nothin' But the Cooler Left," a breezy ode to day-drinking. Young always seemed a shade too earnest on his earlier records so this unabashed embrace of country-pop -- one that wasn't necessarily pushed on him, based on the six co-writes he has here, almost all of them among the poppier material -- is at first a little startling but it winds up being the right direction for an artist whose greatest asset has always been his inherent likeability.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888837326421
  • Catalog Number: 373264
  • Sales rank: 644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aw Naw (3:09)
  2. 2 Hold You To It (3:18)
  3. 3 Lonely Eyes (3:39)
  4. 4 Goodbye (3:46)
  5. 5 A.M. (2:55)
  6. 6 Nothin' But The Cooler Left (3:01)
  7. 7 Who I Am With You (3:13)
  8. 8 Text Me Texas (3:28)
  9. 9 We're Gonna Find It Tonight (2:52)
  10. 10 Forgiveness (3:31)
  11. 11 Lighters In The Air (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Young Primary Artist
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan Piano, Keyboards, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Mark Hill Bass
Technical Credits
Julian King Engineer
James Stroud Producer
Rhett Akins Composer
Jason Sellers Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Shane Minor Composer
Shane McAnally Composer
Lee Wright grooming
Laura Veltz Composer
Jason Matthews Composer
Chris DeStefano Composer
Chris Young Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Johnny Bulford Composer
Marv Green Composer
Brandon Kinney Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Scooter Carusoe Composer
Josh Osborne Composer
Paul Jenkins Composer
Cole Swindell Composer
Michael Ray Carter Composer
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