Losing Sleep

Losing Sleep

by Chris YoungChris Young


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A decade into his career, Chris Young seems at least a decade older than his 32 years on Losing Sleep. This speaks of his ease, how he not only can expertly handle a ballad, but that he realizes slow-burning tunes are his specialty. Young veered in this direction on 2015's I'm Comin' Over, but Losing Sleep -- released just two years later -- makes it plain that he considers a mellow midtempo song his sweet spot. Unlike its predecessors, Young co-wrote every song on Losing Sleep, and if the songs aren't explicitly personal, they certainly telegraph what he considers his strengths. Melodic and relaxed, Young never raises a sweat on Losing Sleep, not even when the amplifiers are turned up -- as they are on the title track and its cousin "Radio and the Rain," where they don't provide riffs or rhythm, merely color. Everything on the album acts in support of the song, and that includes Young's vocals. He's sensitive and shaded, keeping his eye on the melody, but he leans into certain phrases so he can emphasize the song's overriding emotions. It's a subtle skill that suits this soft music, an album that doesn't make a big deal of its craft but succeeds precisely because of the work behind the scenes. Every element of Losing Sleep unfolds so easily, it feels inevitable, and it's so polished it can seem like nothing but mood music, but repeated plays reveal that this is more than atmosphere: the record endures because the songs work their way into the subconscious.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889854425722
catalogNumber: 544257
Rank: 11183


  1. Losing Sleep
  2. Hangin' On
  3. Holiday
  4. Radio and the Rain
  5. Where I Go When I Drink
  6. She's Got a Way
  7. Leave Me Wanting More
  8. Trouble Looking
  9. Woke Up Like This
  10. Blacked Out

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Young   Primary Artist
Terry Crisp   Steel Guitar
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Cary Barlowe   Background Vocals
Miles McPherson   Drums
Anthony Lucido   Acoustic Guitar
Jake Clayton   Violin,Cello,Viola
Dave Cohen   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Carl Miner   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Hi String

Technical Credits

John Pierce   Composer
Jon Randall   Composer
Derek Wells   Engineer
Trent Tomlinson   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
Chris Young   Composer,Producer
Johnny Bulford   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Corey Crowder   Composer,Programming,Producer
Josh Hoge   Composer
Tyler Reeve   Composer

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