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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Album Review - Chris Young - The Man I Want To Be

Today's album review is presented by guest blogger Jessi from Chris Young Fans.

Chris Young sings about the man he wants to be in new album

God, I’m down here on my knees, ‘cause it’s the last place left to fall. Begging for another chance if there’s any chance at all, that you might still be listening, loving and forgiving guys like me…

Those are the opening lines of the title track to Chris Young’s sophomore album, “The Man I Want to Be.” The song is about redemption. It's about a man who has fallen about as low as a man can fall, and he's asking God to help make him into the man he wants to be. The man that the girl he has hurt sees in her dreams.

From there you have the very catchy and very sexy “Getting You Home," or as Chris' fans have dubbed it, “The Black Dress Song.” Chris laughs and admits there are a multitude of black dresses at his shows now, and he has no problem with that. The song itself is about the thoughts that go through a person’s mind as they get ready for a date with their girlfriend/boyfriend/etc., and how no matter how long it takes to get ready or how fancy the restaurant is, at the end of the day, all you really want is to get them home.

There’s also a song about a young girl who thinks she is pregnant and tells her boyfriend that whether he stays or goes, she’s keeping the baby. And all he can really think about is “Any fool can make a baby, but it takes a man to raise a child.” I have a feeling several people will relate to this song. Then there's a song about a Marine who is being sent overseas. I know, I'm sure you're thinking, ‘Great. Another song about the military.’ But this song has an interesting twist at the end. Throughout the song, the Marine tells his brother why his old Ford means so much to him, and if he doesn’t make it back, please don't hang a For Sale sign in the window. At the end of the song, the Marine makes his way back home, and his brother has fixed everything but the dashboard, which happens to be the name of the song: “The Dashboard” is an incredible song, and Chris does a great job on it.

“Rose In Paradise” is a duet with Willie Nelson, and Chris said he was slightly star struck when Willie came to the studio to record the song with him. The song is about a man who would do anything for his wife, but he's always too busy to spend time with her, and he eventually loses his "Rose In Paradise." Chris and Willie’s voices' blend nicely on this one.

All ten songs are worth listening to and there are many potential singles on it. I’d highly recommend listening to this album, and my favorite songs are “Rose In Paradise,” “The Shoebox,” and “The Man I Want To Be.” -- Jessi

If you'd like to read more from Jessi, please visit her blog at ChrisYoungFans.Blogspot.com, and you can follow Jessi on Twitter @ChrisYoungFans.

**If you'd like to pick up a copy of The Man I Want To Be, it's on sale at Amazon.com right now.**

If you haven't seen it yet, here's the music video for the aforementioned Getting You Home:

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