As I listened to the first track, I tried to place who Chris Young sounded like. I could not find that he was a rip-off of anyone. Chris Young, sounds like Chris Young, and to my delight, he sounded damn good.
The second track "Win some, loose some, lonesome" is a slow Texas swing/1940's tune, that left me wondering, how can he sing that smooth. It's enough to make Vern Gosden stand up and listen. I could tell that Chris had been trained professionally; you do not drop from the womb singing like that.
The Third track "That Ain't Me" gave me the first hint of who Chris Sounded like, at the beginning, he gives a hint of Trace Atkins, but once he enters the chorus, I know that Chris' vocals are stronger as he transverses the octave range that the song requires and yet again you are left with the realization that; Chris Young sounds like Chris Young.
Track four is probably my favorite of the disk, with a beautifully written song titled "Just Thoughts" penned by Chris and co-writer Lance Allen. The song yet again shows off Chris' vocal strength.
Track five "Good" written by Dan Bobbitt & James l. Campbell, did not really jump out at me. The song is my least favorite of the CD, but still better than most tunes that find their way to Nashville. The best thing of this track is the smoothness of the Vocals.
Track six "A Little at a Time" written by James L. Campbell, Dan Bobbitt and Chris, is another of my favorites of the disk, The Songwriting, Vocals and Melody are all superb. Each are so good they could independently stand on their own. You can see why this it the Title track of the disk. This song, in time will be a hit, and the melody will be so popular that it will end up being mutilated as an elevator song.
Track seven "Let it Rain" carries the flavor and feel of classic Marty Robbins. Written by Dan Bobbitt & Kerry Ford, it is a great song and Chris does a super job.
The last track of the CD is "Ben". The song is a ballad, which conveys the perils of teenage drunk driving. The songwriting and vocals are excellent . This track has the best opening line of any of the Dan Bobbitt tunes of the disk. The song is also the best produced of the CD, although "Just Thoughts" and "A Little at a Time" did not require much production.
The entire CD is a true gem. Not often do you hear this level of songwriting and vocal ability from an independent artist. My hat goes off to production skills of Dan Bobbitt and Velvet Elvis Studios and also to Chris Young, who can count me in as his newest fan!!!
To learn more about Chris, check out his website