A.M. (Chris Young album)

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A.M.
Studio album by Chris Young
Released September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)
Genre Country
Label RCA Nashville
Producer James Stroud
Chris Young chronology
Neon
(2011)
A.M.
(2013)
Singles from A.M.
  1. "Aw Naw"
    Released: May 13, 2013
  2. "Who I Am with You"
    Released: January 20, 2014
  3. "Lonely Eyes"
    Released: August 25, 2014

A.M. is the fourth studio album by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released on September 17, 2013 via RCA Nashville.[1][2] Young co-wrote six of the album's eleven tracks.[3][4] The album includes the singles "Aw Naw", "Who I Am with You" and "Lonely Eyes".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
American Songwriter 3.5/5 stars[7]
Country Weekly B+[8]
Entertainment Weekly B-[5]
Roughstock 5/5 stars[9]

A.M. garnered generally positive reception by music critics to critique the album. At Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine told that the release was "steeped in modern vernacular", and showed Young "brightening up his sound by leaning on cheerful, chipper pop hooks and a production so gleaming it shows his reflection; he has even chosen to smile on his album cover for the first time ever."[6] Lee Zimmerman of American Songwriter wrote that "In the hands of a wannabe, the aforementioned songs might sound somewhat cloying, but given Young’s rugged vocals and apparent reservoir of conviction, the emotions ring true."[7] At Entertainment Weekly, they felt that Young "survives on his fourth album, but too often he falls into the "bro country" trap currently plaguing the genre."[5] Bob Paxman at Country Weekly stated that "this disproves the popular belief that nothing good ever happens in the a.m. There’s plenty of good stuff here."[8] At Roughstock, Matt Bjorke affirmed that "Everything about A.M. screams star-making and with a hard core collection of fans who already help him headline venues across The USA, Chris Young's only destined for bigger things because of A.M.."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Aw Naw"   Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chris Young 3:09
2. "Hold You to It"   Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Young 3:18
3. "Lonely Eyes"   Johnny Bulford, Jason Matthews, Laura Veltz 3:39
4. "Goodbye"   DeStefano, Gorley, Young 3:46
5. "A.M."   DeStefano, Gorley, Young 2:55
6. "Nothin' but the Cooler Left"   Michael Carter, Brandon Kinney, Cole Swindell 3:01
7. "Who I Am with You"   Marv Green, Paul Jenkins, Jason Sellers 3:13
8. "Text Me Texas"   Rhett Akins, McAnally, Osborne 3:28
9. "We're Gonna Find It Tonight"   Akins, DeStefano, Young 2:52
10. "Forgiveness"   Casey Beathard, Scooter Carusoe 3:31
11. "Lighters in the Air"   Monty Criswell, Shane Minor, Young 4:09

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, and No. 3 at Billboard 200 with 53,000 copies sold.[10][11] The album has sold 212,000 copies in the US as of September 2014.[12]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[13] 10
US Billboard 200[14] 3
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[15] 2

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[16]
CAN
2013 "Aw Naw" 4 3 45 5 50
2014 "Who I Am with You" 8 2 48 6 72
"Lonely Eyes"A 49 38
  • ACurrent Single.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dukes, Billy (July 11, 2013). "Chris Young Unveils ‘A.M.’ Track Listing and Album Art – Exclusive Premiere". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (July 11, 2013). "Chris Young Reveals ‘A.M.’ Track Listing and Album Art – Exclusive Premiere". The Boot. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Wyland, Sarah (July 12, 2013). "Chris Young Reveals A.M. Cover Art & Track Listing". Great American Country. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chris Young Reveals A.M. Album Cover & Track Listing". That's Country. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Metacritic (September 20, 2013). "Critic Reviews for A.M.". CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "A.M. – Chris Young". Allmusic. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Zimmerman, Lee (September 10, 2013). "Chris Young: A.M.". American Songwriter. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Paxman, Bob (September 17, 2013). "A.M. by Chris Young". Country Weekly. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Bjork, Matt (September 15, 2013). "Album Review: Chris Young - A.M.". Roughstock. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Keith Caulfield (September 25, 2013). "Jack Johnson Scores Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200". Billboard. 
  11. ^ Matt Bjorke (September 25, 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of September 25, 2013: Justin Moore, Chris Young lead 5 country artists in all genre Top 10". Roughstock. 
  12. ^ Matt Bjorke (September 10, 2014). "Country Album Sales Report – September 10, 2014". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here here
  13. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Chris Young. Prometheus Global Media.
  14. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Chris Young. Prometheus Global Media.
  15. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Chris Young. Prometheus Global Media.
  16. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History – Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved August 5, 2014.