The Man I Want to Be

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Since Chris Young appeared on the Nashville Star television program in 2006, he's been on a roll. After signing with RCA he had a hit with "Drinkin' Me Lonely," his first single from his self-titled debut recording. Likewise, the two singles that have preceded the release of The Man I Want to Be in 2009 haven't done too badly, either, getting plenty of play on radio. Young co-wrote "Voices," and "Gettin' You Home," creating a buzz surrounding the album's release -- and rightfully so. While Young's sound is firmly in the contemporary country camp, it's also a lot more hardcore honky tonk than it is refried '70s rock clichés that plague the genre. Part of that is due to his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Since Chris Young appeared on the Nashville Star television program in 2006, he's been on a roll. After signing with RCA he had a hit with "Drinkin' Me Lonely," his first single from his self-titled debut recording. Likewise, the two singles that have preceded the release of The Man I Want to Be in 2009 haven't done too badly, either, getting plenty of play on radio. Young co-wrote "Voices," and "Gettin' You Home," creating a buzz surrounding the album's release -- and rightfully so. While Young's sound is firmly in the contemporary country camp, it's also a lot more hardcore honky tonk than it is refried '70s rock clichés that plague the genre. Part of that is due to his big booming baritone voice that rings as clear as a bell in this mix. Think George Strait-meets-Josh Turner. The other part of his appeal is the use of a relatively small group of musicians in the recording process, giving the disc a more organic sound that a lot of what's out there. Young's writing talents aren't confined to the singles either; he co-wrote another of the best tracks here -- the stellar hillbilly anthem and album opener "That Makes Me." Young also has a lot of respect for tradition: "Rose in Paradise" is drenched in fiddles, mandolins, and acoustic guitars. It's a country-styled blues and features no less than Willie Nelson as a duet partner. The final track on the set is a moving cover of Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia." Its beauty lies in its arrangement. Young understands the soulful nuances in the tune, but still does it his own way. His reading of this classic ballad is utterly tender and believable with sparse, stripped down arrangements; and rather than stick with his trademark baritone, his stretches his vocal range -- including a mean falsetto -- to the brink and still pulls it all off. The Man I Want to Be is definitely a cut above what's currently out there; it's sophisticated, disciplined, passionate, sincere, and clever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2009
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886972281827
  • Catalog Number: 722818
  • Sales rank: 10,816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That Makes Me (3:06)
  2. 2 Voices (3:06)
  3. 3 The Dashboard (3:31)
  4. 4 Gettin' You Home (3:32)
  5. 5 It Takes a Man (3:32)
  6. 6 The Shoebox (3:45)
  7. 7 Rose in Paradise (3:47)
  8. 8 Twenty-One Candles (2:31)
  9. 9 The Man I Want to Be (3:27)
  10. 10 Rainy Night in Georgia (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Young Primary Artist
Willie Nelson Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Dobro, Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
John Hobbs Piano, Keyboards
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan Piano, Keyboards
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Duet
Tony Joe White Composer
Jake Burns Engineer
Stewart Harris Composer
Julian King Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jim McBride Composer
Tim Nichols Composer
Mark D. Sanders Composer
James Stroud Producer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Richard Hanson Engineer
Brett James Composer
Jake Burns & The Big Wheel Engineer
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Kent Blazy Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
David Frasier Composer
Randy Houser Composer
Ed Hill Composer
Chris Young Composer
Josh Kear Composer
Angela Hall grooming
Cory Batten Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What an AWESOME CD!!!

    Chris Young's smooth and velvety baritone will take you to places you never thought you'd go. He'll get your feet moving on the dance floor and touch your heart with his beautiful balads. Chris Young is simply the best of the best in Country Music! This CD will be a HUGE favorite with everyone who buys it! Want a sneak preview? Go to this link below!

    http://www.hearsomethingcountry.com/rca/chrisyoung/maniwanttobe/

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