Neon (Chris Young album)

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Studio album by Chris Young
Released July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12)
Recorded 2010–11
Genre Neotraditional country
Length 32:23
Label RCA Nashville
Producer James Stroud
Chris Young chronology
The Man I Want to Be
Singles from Neon
  1. "Tomorrow"
    Released: February 21, 2011[1]
  2. "You"
    Released: September 12, 2011
  3. "Neon"
    Released: March 26, 2012
  4. "I Can Take It from There"
    Released: October 15, 2012

Neon is the third studio album by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released on July 12, 2011, via RCA Records Nashville.[2] Young co-wrote seven of the album's ten tracks.[3] The album sold 72,830 copies its first week.[4]

The album includes the singles "Tomorrow", "You", "Neon", and "I Can Take It from There".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the album for being able to deliver tracks that straddle the line between country and country pop and allows Young to perform them with convincing delivery, concluding that "If Neon does anything, it proves that Young can manage this delicate balance all the while seeming like it's no trouble at all."[5] Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was mixed towards the album, saying that despite some interesting tracks and Young's vocal delivery, it consists of filler that lacks a viewpoint and could've been perform by anyone, calling it "committee-based songwriting at its worst." He concluding that "It's a shame, then, that most of the set finds Young fighting an uphill battle against some lackluster material."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Can Take It from There"   Chris Young, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip 2:38
2. "Lost"   Young, Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley 3:12
3. "Tomorrow"   Young, Frank J. Myers, Anthony L. Smith 3:40
4. "Save Water, Drink Beer"   Megan Connor, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite 2:47
5. "Neon"   Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Trevor Rosen 3:45
6. "Old Love Feels New"   Young, Brett James, Tim Nichols 4:01
7. "You"   Young, Luke Laird 2:45
8. "Flashlight"   Young, Robert Arthur, Johnny Bulford 3:24
9. "When She's On"   Monty Criswell, Shane Minor 3:09
10. "She's Got This Thing About Her"   Young, Cory Batten, Kent Blazy 3:02

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 4
US Billboard Top Country Albums[8] 2


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
2011 "Tomorrow"[10] 1 36 95
"You" 1 34 66
2012 "Neon" 23 92
"I Can Take It from There" 16 4 63 4 76
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Adapted from the Neon liner notes.[12]



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  2. ^ Wyland, Sarah (May 12, 2011). "Chris Young to Release Neon on July 12". Great American Country. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Haislop, Neil (June 29, 2011). "Chris Young Gives Fans A Sneak Peek Of New Album, Neon". All Access. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 20, 2011). "Blake Shelton Scores Career First This Week With "Red River Blue"". Roughstock. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Neon - Chris Young". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Phillips, Jessica (June 13, 2011). "Neon by Chris Young". Country Weekly. American Media, Inc. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (July 12, 2011). "Chris Young: "Neon" - Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Chart listing for Neon". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History – Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chart listing for "Tomorrow"". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Chris Young – Neon". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 3, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ Neon (liner notes). Chris Young. RCA Records. 2011.