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.