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With an ear toward the past and an eye on the future, Chris Young is quickly distinguishing himself as a newcomer who honors Country music's best traditions while adding a fresh new chapter to the genre's legacy. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young's sophomore project showcases a new traditionalist poised to take his place among his musical heroes. Features the single 'Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • ASIN: B002GNOSIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tommy Bland Jr. on September 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I was hooked on Chris's voice right after his first appearance on Nashville Star. I've lived in Nashville for over 30 years, so I've heard a lot of good and bad newcomers over the years and I'm here to tell you that Chris is one of the best I've ever heard. His voice is unbelievable! There's a lot of "magic" that happens in the studios with a lot of artists so that the sound you hear on a CD or on the radio is not the same as what you'll hear live. This is not the case with Chris Young. I've heard him live quite a few times over the years (and as recently as 3 nights ago) and he is the rare breed that actually sounds best live with just an acoustic guitar. If you ever get the chance to see his live show, you will not be disappointed.

"The Man I Want To Be" is a great sophomore album. His first CD was good too, but in comparing the two, this newest CD portrays a much more mature choice of songs and seems to be better put together. I like the entire album from start to finish, but my personal favorite is "Voices". I also like "The Dashboard" and "The Shoebox."

Bottom line, Chris Young is a great artist and this is a great CD. Just buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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Chris Young is one of the freshest and most creative artists I've come across. I caught a video of his on TV one day and decided to check out his album, "The Man I Want to Be." It's simply amazing. The CD kick-starts with `That Makes Me,' an upbeat, sassy show of pride for Young's various interests that may make him a `hick' or `hillbilly,' but he doesn't care.

One of the shining stars of the album is definitely `Gettin' You Home.' It's fun and romantic. Young's deep, rich vocals definitely help out each song, especially on this track. It's very `country' yet he has his own style. The album ends with a very relaxing song titled `Rainy Night in Georgia,' a song originally by American singer-songwriter Tony Joe White.

I'm not a diehard fan of country music but artists like Chris Young really draw me into the genre. But in the end, I don't think about what genre this album is in. It's just a good CD. The only thing I'd criticize is the length of the album. It has only ten tracks. I hope Young has longer albums in the future.

I highly recommend "The Man I Want to Be" not only to country fans but to anyone who enjoys fun, thoughtful and clever music. You won't be disappointed.
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This album came out on my birthday, and what a birthday present it was! Some tracks are meaningful and full of advice, like Shoebox. Others are just plain fun. The track "The Dashboard" is worth the price of the CD as it is one brother making a tribute to another who served overseas. 21 candles is fun and up beat. I definitely recommend buying the CD in any form you can.
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I have always been a Chris Young fan, I will always be a Chris Young fan. I bought this album the day it was released. I have not stopped listening to it yet! Yes, that's how amazing it is! There is not a fluff piece in it, all of the songs on this album are potential singles, and yes I truly believe, he could even make a single out of "Rainy Night in Georgia" because his vocals on it are absolutely impeccable! The man is truly so talented it's scary and seeing him life shows that there are no dubs or fixes on his albums. you're getting the best of him in every recording and every performance. If you love the 3 singles that are already out, "Getting you Home", "The Man I Want To Be" (both number 1's by the way) and "Voices" you will surely love the up-tempo of "That Makes Me" and "Twenty One Candles" they are wonderful upbeat, fun songs. Seeing the more sentimental side of Chris comes out again in "The Dashboard", The Shoebox", and "It Takes a Man". His remarkable duet with Willie Nelson on "Rose of Paradise" even turned this not so bug of a Willie Nelson fan's head. So if you were on the fence, I hope this makes you consider buying the album, because it is well worth it. I enjoy every second I get to hear this album.
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This CD is one of my favorites. Chris Young has a great baritone voice, and he chooses music that showcases it well. He is able to travel from soulful tunes to traditional country with ease. I purchased the CD, because I like the hits "The Man I Want to Be" and "Gettin' You Home." While both of these songs are good, there are several other gems on this album. The album opens with a rockin' song with a redneck theme. "That Makes Me" celebrates those who are "old school" and "throw back." The stories and sentiment in "The Dashboard" and "It Takes a Man" are both so good. "The Dashboard" is about a brother who is going into the military, and "It Takes a Man" is about a young couple facing an unexpected pregnancy. "Voices" and "The Shoebox" have similar messages, listening to and remembering your loved ones. Finally, Chris does a great cover of the classic "Rainy Night in Georgia." Soulful and heartfelt...even Ray Charles would be proud! I love it so much that I gave my copy to my brother, who also loves it, and ordered another for myself last month. If you like songs that tell stories, you will especially like this album.
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