Release Date: Jul 12, 2011
Record label: RCA
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.
If there’s nothing at all revolutionary about its brand of polished, contemporary country, Chris Young’s Neon at least gives the Nashville Star winner a platform for his impressive voice. Though he isn’t in the same league as Ronnie Dunn or Gary Allan in terms of singing with gritty, emotional depth, Young nonetheless has one of Nashville’s most powerful and versatile voices. Unfortunately, the songs on Neon aren’t nearly as distinctive.
Neon is the third album by 2006 Nashville Star winner and Grammy-nominated country vocalist Chris Young. On the verge of scoring his fourth consecutive number one single with “Tomorrow,” Young, who hails from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is acutely aware that now is the perfect time to up the musical ante, and it appears he’s done just that. This time out, Young co-wrote seven of the album’s ten tracks with some of the best tunesmiths Nashville currently has to offer, making this his best and most ambitious album yet.