Chris Young – “Tomorrow”
Chris Young’s latest single, “Tomorrow,” might be the most traditional song you hear on country radio in 2011. One of the most promising young acts in the genre, the Middle Tennessee native and recent Grammy Award nominee has struggled at times to find songs worthy of his talent. “Tomorrow” then is an encouraging development as he continues to fill the niche carved out by his neotrad predecessors George Strait and Alan Jackson.
The first tease of Young’s upcoming studio album, “Tomorrow” centers around a tired theme–“I’m gonna love you like there’s no tomorrow”–but he fits it with a twist. In this case, he’s calling for one final fling before his gal pal becomes an old flame.
Young, sounding emotionally drained from the experience, feels compelled to do the right thing and let his lover go. He neatly sums up the story of their volatile relationship: “We’re like fire and gasoline/I’m no good for you, you’re no good for me.” Though their rocky romance is addictive, he decides it’s time to free himself of the angry fights and frayed nerves that go along with it.
This bittersweet message is wrapped up with plenty of fiddle and steel, and the addition of electric guitar in key moments gives “Tomorrow” a strong push forward. Young, whose warm baritone makes for one of country’s finest voices, offers an emotionally restrained performance that expresses his anguish without any lung-busting trills.
Young’s two most recent singles–No. 1 hits “The Man I Want to Be” and “Voices”–both settled into the same comfortable rhythm: a flawed but ultimately decent man making amends for past mistakes or praying not to repeat them. With “Tomorrow,” he’s singing about a more fully-formed adult dilemma, and it’s just the sort of weighty material that he should sink his teeth into more often.
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