Album Reviews

Album Review – Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

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Throughout the year, we hear special albums that not only stick in our heads, but leave a stamp on our hearts. That is exactly what Chris Young’s new album, I’m Comin’ Over does. Just like a painting or sculpture, each song was meticulously picked to not only show off Chris’ vocal abilities, but to also highlight the kind of musician he is.

The first track ‘Heartbeat‘ is a great introduction to Young’s unique style of country music. The song perfectly showcases his mind-blowing vocal range and his strong, authentic vocal runs. If that alone doesn’t get you hooked, the heavy drum influence throughout the track, which is reminiscent of a heartbeat, gives listeners the vibe that the person who inspired the song is making the vital organ inside of him pump at the same tempo.

Next up is the title track for the album and current single, ‘I’m Comin’ Over‘. Since it’s release to country radio back in May, the song has reached #46 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and has become Certified Gold by the RIAA.

The third track is a duet with the incredibly talented Cassadee Pope called ‘Think of You‘. From the beginning of the song, you get the vibe of a retro country duet. While both artists have so much power behind their voices, they blend together so delicately, which gives listeners the chance to really comprehend the story behind the heartbreak.

You Do The Talkin, track number 4 is definitely one of the stand out tracks for me. It’s one of those songs listeners will not be able to get out of their heads. The song gives listeners the ability to visualize the thoughts that go through someone’s head as their pulling up to someone’s house for a first date. Music can create a mood, and help kick start a lot of feelings and emotions that you never realized you had. Having the right music on while in the car with someone you have feelings for can also make you feel more comfortable. That’s what this song is about.

The next track, ‘I Know a Guy’, brings the pace down on the album, and will also wrench the hearts of all who listen. If the gritty runs out of Chris’ mouth don’t flow through your veins, then just listen to the honesty behind the lyrics. The story of the man or woman who regrets breaking things off with someone is a tale as old as time. But, sometimes people really do change, and want to be better for the person they gave their heart to.

Although all of the songs on the album are incredibly well produced, ‘Alone Tonight’ is the one song musically that is the most versatile. In the first few seconds, haunting rifts from an electric guitar give listeners the vibe that the song is a bit slower. Then, the drums kick in, and create more of a eclectic feel to the rest of the song. As usual, Chris’ husky crooner voice does NOT disappoint.

The second duet on the album, called ‘Sober Saturday Night’, features Vince Gill. Listeners will really be able to get to know Chris Young as a vocalist in this song. The grittiness of his voice, combined with his effortless runs, are truly highlighted throughout the track.

The last few songs on the album are the feel good tracks, and are the perfect way to end the record. ‘Sunshine Overtime’ is your “windows down, cruise to the beach” song that everyone always loves. ‘Underdogs’ celebrates all of those people who have the odds stacked against them, but always come out on top. ‘Callin My Name’ brings lightheartedness to the record with it’s easy going beats and guitar riffs.

The final song on the album, ‘What If I Stay’, can only be described in one way: It’s a lazy Sunday evening, and you’ve been lounging around watching movies, or attempting to, with a special someone. You don’t want to leave, but it’s getting kind of late. But, what if they stayed, and you didn’t have to stop enjoying that person’s company?