Chris Young – “Gettin’ You Home”

Karlie Justus Marlowe | January 19th, 2009

Chris Young - Gettin You HOmeSongwriters: Kent Blazy, Chris Young and Cory Batten.

Simply put, “Gettin’ You Home” is love makin’ music. Or, to be more accurate, “let’s blow this joint and get to love makin’” music.

Chris Young’s fourth single, due to hit radio in early February, is clearly aimed to be the Valentine’s Day song of 2009: Picking up where Josh Turner’s “Your Man” left off, Young’s pleasantly traditional voice produces enough sexual tension to make Brangelina blush.

With the vocal charisma of fellow baritone Turner, Young effectivley conveys the anticipation built throughout a stuffy, fancy night out by flirting his way through the song’s steel-backed chorus: “Walking through the front door/Seein’ your black dress hit the floor/…All I can think about is gettin’ you home.”

Young, the 2006 winner of the USA Network’s Nashville Star, received the competition’s only RCA record deal. However, despite backing by super-producer Buddy Cannon and a Top New Male Vocalist nomination from the Academy of Country Music, his self-titled debut only netted two top 50 singles.

Not without flaws–“Gettin’ You Home” resorts to the occasional lazy rhyme scheme and could be a bit racy for the sippy-cup set–it serves as a rare example of how the traditional sound of early 90s neotraditional country can be done without sounding like it’s been dug out of a time capsule.

“Gettin’ You Home” is pleasingly radio-friendly without feeling like a sell-out, and it should catapult Young into the very small club of successful country reality competition winners. This awkwardly belated follow-up to last May’s largely overlooked “Voices” has the chops to net the singer his first top 10 hit.

Now excuse me while I go grab my black dress.

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  1. PaulaW
    January 19, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I like it. Very much. I thought of Josh’s “Your Man” as well while listening (before reading the review) but I think this song has much more meat on it’s bones (for lack of a better term). I did however think the second verse was a bit weak – compared to the first verse.

    I’d give it eight out of ten.

  2. Jim Malec
    January 19, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I think this is a really good performance on a really average song. I begrudgingly agree with the rating.

  3. Rick
    January 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    If this song makes Karlie want to put on a small black dress, hopefully it will have the same effect on a large percentage of the female portion of the Top 40 country radio audience. I like this song and the style of Chris’ vocal delivery and hope it is a break through single on AirHead Country radio. Maybe Chris can overcome the Nashville Star stigma/curse after all.

    Buddy Cannon may have produced the debut album by Chris, but even expert production cannot redeem hopelessly lackluster songs. If the second album Chris puts out is equally weak he will be quickly forgotten and that would be a shame. Any young guy who loves to sing Keith Whitley songs when he’s on the Grand Ole Opry is alright in my book.

    Maybe the subject matter of the song will open the door for Amy Dalley’s new “He Makes Me Wanna”. Amy’s song includes lyrics like “He makes me wanna scream. What’s up with that?”. (lol)

  4. Karlie
    January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Speaking of Young singing Keith Whitley, I really enjoyed his acoustic cover of “I’m Over You” at a radio station:

  5. Chris D.
    January 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I didn’t see who wrote this review at first, so the last line surprised me a little…

    Sounds like a good song, I still need to listen to it though.

  6. CMW
    January 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Songs like this just seem to beg for a sideways thumb, but alas… I’d probably have to tip it upward too. Nice review.

  7. Leeann Ward
    January 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I’m not completely sold on this one. There’s just something about it that doesn’t work for me… I really like his voice though.

  8. Caroline
    January 19, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I’m a fan of both Cory Batten’s songwriting and Chris Young’s voice. This song is a bit of a departure from the safety of the songs on Chris’ first cd. I really like his voice and the sultriness he easily conveys. Sexy just might sell for Chris! Sure hope so; he’s a great talent.

  9. Trailer
    January 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I saw him last year at a balloon festival and he had all the ladies (my better half included) swooning with this track. It’s definitely his performance that makes the song.

  10. Buzz
    January 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    the way the charts are, it’s more likely that it will be the Valentine’s Song Of 2010!


  11. Kari
    January 19, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I love the song and the artist. I believe that Chris has not only got the vocal chops, but the writing ability and the charisma to pull off a major career in Country Music.
    I agree with this review, for the most part, and especially noting that VOICES was “overlooked.”
    Another AMAZING song, that radio didn’t seem to get. Well, I got it.
    Bravo Chris Young!

  12. Suzanne
    January 20, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I absolutely LOVE this song. I’ve been calling it the “HOT HOT HOT sexy love song” since I first heard Chris sing it live summer 2007… but “makin’ love music” works for me too! LOL :) Chris has such an amazingly pure classic country sound – with that beautiful baritone and sexy falsetto… I think he’s the best male voice in country music right now… and unfortunately, too often overlooked and underplayed by radio… :( I really think this song will be Chris’ first top 10 hit.. dare I venture, first #1 hit? And this is from a CD that is full of fantastic songs! I think 2009 is Chris’ year!

  13. Keith
    January 20, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Chris Young is probably one of the best vocalists to come out of Nashville in years. The fact that he can write as well is an added bonus.
    Chris is the real deal. Can’t wait for the new CD to come out. It’s time.

  14. Tugger
    January 20, 2009 at 1:05 am

    It’s radio’s loss if they don’t play this song.
    Great song. Top ten for sure.

  15. Peggy
    January 20, 2009 at 6:21 am

    I love this song. Chris’s voice is just awesome and I believe with all my heart that this young star has what it takes to make it in country music. I know that “Gettin You Home” will be a hit for Chris. I loved “Voices” too and could not understand why radio seemed to ignore it and I even changed radio stations because the one station refused to play it even when requested. 2009 will be Chris’s year to shine.

  16. Bee
    January 20, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I LOVE the song – and from what I’ve read, James Stroud produced this song and the new album. Maybe THAT will make the difference for Chris. I’ve seen him perform and the first album did not do him any justice. This song reminds me of the classics Chris loves – it’s just a feel good song with a GREAT voice behind it.

  17. Chase
    January 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    You know what…I LOVED the first CD. And I know I’m going to LOVE the 2nd one just as much! I’ve seen Chris mature over the last 2 years and I know it is reflected in his new stuff.
    The coolest thing…is that he has always been a mature artist, despite his age.
    Chris Young is an awesome vocalist, LIVE performer, and wonderful to his fans. I hope that the people in the industry get it. Like REAL soon. Especially radio. He’s a true gem and this new single is fabulous!

  18. Karina
    January 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I’m sorry…what is considered a “flaw” in a song.
    Is there such a formula? I always thought that music is a matter of opinion. So, here’s mine:

    GREAT song….GREAT artist.

  19. Bonnie Baker
    February 3, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I think Kent Blazy was a writer on this song as well as Cory and Chris Y. Might want to check…

  20. Paula_W
    February 3, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Both the BMI and ASCAP databases do list Kent Blazy as co-writer.

  21. Jim Malec
    February 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for the correction, ladies.

  22. Paula_W
    February 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Well I’ll be the first to admit, finding out songwriter info is often more than a little bit difficult. It’s just my admiration for and association with songwriters in general, and my friendship with some in particular, that makes me want to make sure credit proper is given.

  23. Susan
    February 12, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I just fell in love with his voice the 1st time I heard him sing on Nashville Star.This young man can sing anything and he deserves more radio plays than he gets.I loved his 1st album.I think they should of released Beer Or Gasoline tho and made a video of it. Voices is a great song that everyone can relate to and cant understand why it didnt get more radio play.This is gonna be Chris Young’s year. “Gettin’You Home” has got #1 writtin all over it.Two thumbs up Chris :)

  24. Jaosn Roy
    October 11, 2009 at 8:09 am

    A hit indeed, looks like it will hit #1, after a long climb, in this week’s Mediabase chart.

  25. merlefan49
    October 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Nice voice but I don’t care for it.

  26. Maegan Lewis
    October 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I have to put a towel on the driver’s seat of my car when I head out, because if this one comes on the radio I soak the leather seats.

  27. Peter
    October 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    A ring a ding ding!

  28. Pam
    November 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    OMG this is the sexiest song I have heard in a long time. The lyrics and his throaty voice completely does it for me! I’d love for him to “get me home”. I am like Maegan when it comes on the radio!

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