The American country pop singer Brett Young released his self-titled debut album in February 2017 through Big Machine Records, an American independent record label. This soul and pop influenced country music album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in between 2014 and 2017, and is produced by Dan Huff, who is known for working with several other country pop acts. Relationships have been the main focus throughout the album, covering every aspect of them that includes finding the one with whom one can spend his life, falling together and falling apart. Brett Young did not follow the bro-country music trend and focused more on heartfelt relationships. With minimal production, the rising country singer could use his soft beautiful voice to portray emotions and the stories of love. There is a total of twelve tracks in this album, with an overall time length of approximately forty two minutes. Six of those tracks were previously released in his self-titled twenty one minute EP that came out in 2016. The album mostly received positive reviews from the music critics and listeners. Sounds Like Nashville described this work- “Young plays the good-guy card in every cut, straying away from the ‘bro country’ trend, to mark his own genuine path by not being afraid to be vulnerable in matters of the heart” and also added- “This project leaves room for Young to explore different themes beyond matters of the heart, but for right now it’s okay to swoon over this lovesick album”. Entertainment Weekly describes the songs within the album as “confessional, soulful country gems”. The article also illustrates the fact that he began to sharpen his music skills after an elbow injury halted his baseball career. The album debuted at the second position on US Top Country Albums (Billboard) chart, and at the eighteenth position on US Billboard 200 chart. It was also featured on Canadian Albums (Billboard) at number 26 and on Scottish Albums (OCC) music charts at 75.
10 albums, 34 tracks
Brett Young is so effing gorgeous to look at, and I wouldn’t be lying if I said his looks are what first got me interested in his music. But hearing his debut album Brett Young, I really felt even from the beginning that this was some of the best country music out there which mixed in pop elements. Not only does he stop me in his tracks with his voice, but the melodies are so lovely – especially on emotional ballads like “Like I Loved You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know.” In the latter song, I especially love how he sings in a way that balances country twang and the voice of James Blunt. It is a real and emotional sound that shows how much he is loving or hurting at that given moment – and the quality puts me in the mood to forgive. I have been with a couple guys who made me feel insecure about “us”, but with the right heartfelt words, I really just wanted to forget about the drama and make it work.
Listening To Brett Young’s Self Titled Album, You Can Almost Feel The Play By Play Of A Couples’ Romance Come To Life
Whether he is going big on sound, or instead applying a tender touch to the arrangement, Brett Young’s debut album is a decent effort with enough romantic music to fill a two hour date movie. Whether your in love, or out of it, and mores specifically, trying to rekindle it, then this may be the Country album for you. And on the notion of genre conventions, this album is lighter on Country, closer to a sound that Brett Young creatively calls Caliville than Nashville. Born and raised in Orange Country California, the man infuses a distinctive twang that keep things Country of course, but his light-drawl is not excessive, and he is just as interested in incorporating elements of Pop, R&B, and Rock. In terms of Pop writing, while some tracks fit the market, others have their generic moments, which show the limitations of the Country Pop genre – yet, personally I would much rather listen to an album with this style of Pop over a Bro-Country album which sounds too lame and blowhard to me. That is why Young should be given a chance at the end of the day – as he is not trying to cash in on some overly-cliched sound just because it is trending. In fact, many of the songs on this album were co-written by Young and are thus authentic experiences, where he is singing about what he knows – and in this case, that would mean romance.
In the late-noughties, Country Pop had developed into this amazing new frontier that did away with the stigma of Country music’s redneck, Honky Tonk sensibilities, opening the genre up to a more Pop-centric demographic & bridging the gap between the previously niche market & the rest of the music-loving world, especially with Folk & Indie music making such a big splash around 2010; It was suddenly cool to like Country music, leading to many a heartthrob jumping into the fray for one reason & one reason only – Girls. The sensitivity of Country Pop meant all these big burly dudes could flex their stuff whilst appealing to feminine audiences, but this would be their downfall as the scene quickly devolved into a cesspool of generic chord progressions, boring narratives & tired tropes – Then along came Brett Young, flashing an endearing smile & delivering soundscapes overflowing with genuine love & character, turning the industry on its head & giving his contemporaries a run for their money.
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Brett Charles Young (born March 23, 1981) is an American country pop singer-songwriter from Orange County, California. He was a college baseball pitcher but took up songwriting after an elbow injury. His self-titled debut EP, produced by Dann Huff, was released by Republic Nashville on February 12, 2016. The lead single, "Sleep Without You", was released on April 11, and he had a major success with his following single, "In Case You Didn't Know". He released his second major label album Ticket to L.A. in 2018.
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