Review – Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over”

Chris Young I'm Comin' Over

In the revolving doors of mainstream country music it can be hard to keep track of all the different male artists. They dominate the genre in every way. When the bro country trend came along it became even harder as each tried to be more bro than the previous one. One artist I felt got unfairly lumped into the bro country crowd was Chris Young. Unlike the likes of Chase Rice and Thomas Rhett, Young didn’t go real crazy with this trend. The only blatant bro country single he released was “Aw Naw.” Not to say he shouldn’t have been scorned for this song, as it was terrible. But it was a disappointment to hear. Really the entire A.M. album was disappointing, as his previous album Neon was quietly was one of the best mainstream country albums in 2011. A.M. felt like Young was chasing trends and not being true to himself. In addition to “Aw Naw,” the other two singles from it (“Who I Am With You” and “Lonely Eyes”) were pretty average.

So with this distaste still in my mouth, I saw his new single was titled “I’m Comin’ Over.” As Derek speculated on Twitter, this immediately made me think it was a “sexy,” R&B influenced single that would fit right alongside the other disco country songs stinking up the radio. But fortunately I’m wrong. While there is an Adult Contemporary-like beat layered in the background, there’s also some noticeable pedal steel guitar throughout the song. In other words, it’s a pop, rock country beat that works. “I’m Comin’ Over” really reminds me a lot of “Tomorrow.” It sounds country enough for me and it’s upbeat just enough for radio to give it a shot. While this isn’t my ideal sound when it comes to country music, this is the kind of sound that I think fits perfectly in the mainstream that can satiate both sides of the country music aisle.

The song is about a man and woman struggling to get over their relationship. They can’t stop thinking about each other, so the man can’t take it anymore and rushes over to her house to keep their “fire” alive for each other. While this theme is nothing new in the mainstream country realm, the lyrics avoid being too cheesy and also avoid the bro country clichés. Young wrote this song with Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge. Kudos to them for avoiding the easy pitfalls and framing the theme of this song well. As always Young’s vocals are killer in this song. Love him or hate him you have to admit that Young has chops. His voice, along with his great charisma, has never been an issue and has always been a bright spot, even on his less than stellar written songs. This alone elevates him above many in mainstream country music.

“I’m Comin’ Over” is a nice return to form for Chris Young. It’s nice to have this version of Young back and not the “Aw Naw,” trend-chasing version of Young. His new album is slated to come out this fall and if this single is an indication of how good it is, then I’m definitely looking forward to giving it a listen. This song couldn’t have come at a better time, as country radio is in the dumps in terms of quality. Young can inject some much-needed quality that is sorely lacking in the mainstream country scene. It surely isn’t the best song I’ve heard from mainstream country this year, but it’s certainly up there on the list. This song is a breath of fresh air compared to the other stuff that I’ve heard come out in recent weeks. You may not like it on first listen, but it grows on you with each listen and I recommend checking it out. “I’m Comin’ Over” is a solid song that perfectly fits in Young’s wheelhouse.

Grade: 8/10

35 thoughts on “Review – Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over”

  1. Raymond May 18, 2015 / 11:26 am

    I’m sorry this just doesn’t cut it at all and I’ll debate anyone on it Chris sounds bored and like lifeless in his delivery his voice isn’t quite as strong as it used to be. The production sterile beyond hell and bland. The lyrics are just so boring and the I’m running every red lights what is he influenced by Michael Ray Kiss You In The Morning. Consider myself dissapointed

    2/10 this just doesn’t work for me sorry Josh looks like this might be the song we disagree the most since Kelsea Ballerinis Love Me Like You Mean It. Oh well

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  2. Derek Hudgin May 18, 2015 / 11:32 am

    My complaint is that the song is too similar to “Tomorrow” just as his song “Goodbye” from A.M. carried similar sonic and lyrical tones to that song as well. You can’t deny that this power ballad type song is a definite sweet spot for Chris Young; his vocals knock the song out of the park. But for me, I think he’s capable of much more. I’m probably just getting picky here. Haha

    This is certainly better than “Aw Naw” and I’m glad my twitter prediction of an R&B slow jam was wrong!

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  3. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria May 18, 2015 / 11:32 am

    Just another average song for me, this sounds a bit like “Lonely Tonight” minus the female part. I have always loved Chris Young’s voice and charisma but then there was also the “running every red light” line which took away from it for me. This one leaves me wanting more. I’d say a 5.5/10

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  4. Scotty J May 18, 2015 / 11:33 am

    This song is a perfect example of a song that compared to what’s on the radio is probably a 7,8/10 but in a different era say maybe 10 or 15 years ago would be average to below average radio filler.

    The standard for what is really good mainstream country music has gotten so low that songs like this and even ‘Sangria’ sound like a breath of fresh air compared to some of the garbage out there.

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  5. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria May 18, 2015 / 11:35 am

    And actually Josh you gave “Who I Am With You” an 8.5/10 but now you said that it was “pretty average” so did your opinion change or something?

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    • Josh Schott May 18, 2015 / 11:42 am

      Yes my opinion changed on that one. I overrated it a little. 6/10 is more appropriate.

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  6. Lorenzo May 18, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    I love this song! I’m glad Chris didn’t release another stupid and vapid rock country song like aw naw. yeah it’s a pop track, but it’s winning pop. I’m really surprised it’s not getting radio play, it’s not in the mediabase top50 yet.

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    • Raymond May 18, 2015 / 12:42 pm

      Between the chart clog and well this hasn’t been officially sent yet there’s no add date so all it’s getting now is some curiosity spins still I’m expecting to be a hit.

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      • Lorenzo May 18, 2015 / 5:11 pm

        I hope so 🙂

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  7. bob May 18, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    I’m a fan of Chris Young’s voice, one of the best in country music today, but this song doesn’t do a lot for me. If it was part of a really good album I wouldn’t feel the need to skip over it, but if I’m only buying a few individual songs I’d pass on this. I love that option on i-Tunes.

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  8. RG May 19, 2015 / 8:50 am

    I like Chris’ voice for sure but, as others have stated, this song is ok but lacks any real grit and creativity. Not terrible but I doubt I would buy it.

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  9. Pete Marshall May 20, 2015 / 1:32 am

    I really like this song and I will give this song 9/10.

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