The Man I Want to Be

The Man I Want to Be

by Chris YoungChris Young


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2009
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886972281827
catalogNumber: 722818
Rank: 5729

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
Jim McBride   Composer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Mark 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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