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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Chris Young has a signature, it's his plainspoken likableness. Not the flashiest of singers, Young certainly isn't lacking in personality, something that goes a long way in distinguishing his clean commercial country. Walking a thin line between hard country and its sweeter pop cousin, Young sells hooks and sentimentality without pushing too hard, leaving just enough grit and twang to keep his country grounded. He perfects this trick on his third album, 2011's Neon, a sturdy collection of tunes with no frills but plenty of appeal. Young often does slip into some sappiness, reminiscing about times spent fixing the car with his father over a "Flashlight" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Chris Young has a signature, it's his plainspoken likableness. Not the flashiest of singers, Young certainly isn't lacking in personality, something that goes a long way in distinguishing his clean commercial country. Walking a thin line between hard country and its sweeter pop cousin, Young sells hooks and sentimentality without pushing too hard, leaving just enough grit and twang to keep his country grounded. He perfects this trick on his third album, 2011's Neon, a sturdy collection of tunes with no frills but plenty of appeal. Young often does slip into some sappiness, reminiscing about times spent fixing the car with his father over a "Flashlight" and remember words of wisdom from his granddaddy on "Old Love Feels Now," yet his writer's eye for telling details and his conversational delivery prevent the tunes from getting treacly, a trait that also comes in handy on the love songs and heartbroken honky tonk, the latter providing such fine moments as the first single "Tomorrow" and the barroom ballad title track. That ease also surfaces on the livelier moments, when he lays back on the sunny "I Can Take It from There," when he rides a bouncing backroads groove on "Lost," and when he kicks up some serious twang on "Save Water, Drink Beer," whose sense of humor recalls Brad Paisley. Unlike Paisley or other peers like Keith Urban and Blake Shelton, Chris Young has no grander ambitions than being a reliable pure country singer, one who aims to please without pandering, one who stays country without resisting the charms of a strong melody. If Neon does anything, it proves that Young can manage this delicate balance all the while seeming like it's no trouble at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886978549723
  • Catalog Number: 785497
  • Sales rank: 3,505

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can Take It From There (2:38)
  2. 2 Lost (3:12)
  3. 3 Tomorrow (3:40)
  4. 4 Save Water, Drink Beer (2:47)
  5. 5 Neon (3:45)
  6. 6 Old Love Feels New (4:01)
  7. 7 You (2:45)
  8. 8 Flashlight (3:24)
  9. 9 When She's On (3:09)
  10. 10 She's Got This Thing About Her (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Young Primary Artist
Mike Brignardello Bass
David Davidson Violin
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Dobro, Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Jim Grosjean Viola
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan Organ, Piano
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Dave Angell Violin
Mark Hill Bass
Betsy Lamb Viola
Carole Rabinowitz Cello
Conni Ellisor Violin
Technical Credits
Julian King Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tim Nichols Composer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements, String Conductor
Rhett Akins Composer
Brett James Composer
Mary Beth Felts grooming
Kent Blazy Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Robert Arthur Composer
Shane Minor Composer
Shane McAnally Composer
Anthony Smith Composer
Ross Copperman Composer
Chris Young Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Johnny Bulford Composer
Luke Laird Composer
Judy Forde-Blair Liner Notes, Creative Producer
Ben Hayslip Composer
Cory Batten Composer
Josh Osborne Composer
Frank Myers Composer
Chris Dubois Composer
Trevor Rosen Composer
Jon Nite Composer
Megan Connor Composer
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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Yeeehaw!

    I love what I've heard so far off this album!! He's so talented and definitely one of my guilty pleasures! I suggest watching his new music video for "tomorrow" if you haven't yet, it's awesome! (watch on VEVO... HD baby!)

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