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The American country pop singer Brett Young released his self-titled debut album in February 2017 through Big Machine Records, an American independent record label. This soul and pop influenced country music album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in between 2014 and 2017, and is produced by Dan Huff, who is known for working with several other country pop acts.Relationships have been the main focus throughout the album, covering every aspect of them that includes finding the one with whom one can spend his life, falling together and falling apart. Brett Young did not follow the bro-country music trend and focused more on heartfelt relationships. With minimal production, the rising country singer could use his soft beautiful voice to portray emotions and the stories of love.
There is a total of twelve tracks in this album, with an overall time length of approximately forty two minutes. Six of those tracks were previously released in his self-titled twenty one minute EP that came out in 2016. The album mostly received positive reviews from the music critics and listeners. Sounds Like Nashville described this work- “Young plays the good-guy card in every cut, straying away from the ‘bro country’ trend, to mark his own genuine path by not being afraid to be vulnerable in matters of the heart” and also added- “This project leaves room for Young to explore different themes beyond matters of the heart, but for right now it’s okay to swoon over this lovesick album”. Entertainment Weekly describes the songs within the album as “confessional, soulful country gems”. The article also illustrates the fact that he began to sharpen his music skills after an elbow injury halted his baseball career. The album debuted at the second position on US Top Country Albums (Billboard) chart, and at the eighteenth position on US Billboard 200 chart. It was also featured on Canadian Albums (Billboard) at number 26 and on Scottish Albums (OCC) music charts at 75.
A soulful song about love and commitment
Brett Young “Sleep without you”
“Sleep without you” is the first track of the album that Brett Young co-wrote along with Justin Ebach and Kelly Archer. This is a sweet and soulful country love song that is mostly based on acoustic guitars, kick drums and shakers. The sweet lyric about love and commitment works out quite well that tells that he is not able to fall asleep without her- “As long as I can bet on ya crawlin’ into bed after slippin’ out ya high heel shoes/ I ain’t lyin’ sayin’ havin’ a good time/ Out with your girls/ Girl do what you do/ No matter how late/ Baby I’ll be stayin’ up/ I can’t sleep without you”. Taste of Country praised the music and the natural storytelling technique of the song saying “Young’s R&B influences come out in the sincerity and warmth of his delivery, not the sonic nature of this mostly acoustic jam”. Comparing the music with that of Brett Eldredge’s, Taste of Country further described the lyrical content as- “Sleep Without You” is about having the confidence to let your lover be who they are without worrying about any trouble they might get into”. The song comes with a catchy music video that was shot in Malibu, California and also features Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan Thomas. The video starts with Brett playing at an open live music, and then he spends his time alone and finally ends with more intimate moments with his girl. The song peaked at number two on US Country Airplay (Billboard) and at number three on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard). Moreover, it reached number one on the Mediabase Country chart. It was also featured on US Billboard Hot 100 and Canada Country (Billboard) music charts.
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