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Chris Young

I'm Comin' Over – 2015 (RCA)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Chris Young has enjoyed steady success from his previous four releases, and there's no reason to suggest that "I'm Comin' Over" won't do the same. But that doesn't mean that Young is doing anything all that different from what's au courant.

Young's go to has always been his full-sounding, big-bodied voice, and that remains intact here throughout these 11 songs, 9 of which he had a hand in writing. His voice is front and center (that's apparent from the first words out of his mouth with his drawl-laden take on "Heartbeat" until he gets to the anthemic chorus) and has a warmth about it as well.

But there's also nothing particularly inventive or different that sets Young apart either. Young and co-producer Corey Crowder play it safe. The songs sound very precise, very produced and big ("Callin' My Name"). Everything sounds fine, but there's no particular emotion or heart emanating from Young either, for the most part. "Sunshine Overtime" comes right out of the Kenny Chesney playbook from the tropical sounding beat to the light subject matter, including tequila. By the time Young gets to "Alone Tonight," about the half-way point, you don't get the sense he cares all that much about whether the women is going to be home "all alone tonight" or not. Young covers a well-worn path, adding little.

For a change of pace, Young has a duet partner for the first time. He duets with Cassadee Pope of "Think of You" in one of the strongest songs as their voices blend well.

Vince Gill is featured on "Sober Saturday Night," a more ruminating kind of song that shows Young at his finest. He exudes the requisite sadness and lament with Gill supplying guitar on the slowed down song.

"I'm Comin' Over" is serviceable and perfect for audience singalongs ("Underdogs"), but Young seems content to play it safe.