Chris Young, ‘Hangin’ On’ | Track Review
Chris Young delivers an enjoyable, respectable single with “Hangin’ On,” a promo single from his sixth studio album, ‘Losing Sleep.’
It’s hard to believe that Chris Young has been around since 2006. The 32-year old, to date, has released five studio albums, as well as a Christmas album. Losing Sleep (arriving October 20) marks his sixth studio effort. Ahead of Losing Sleep, Young issued several singles, including the title track, “Hangin’ On,” and “Holiday.”
“Hangin’ On” is a mid-tempo, soundly produced joint. It’s not overproduced or overthought – relatively even keel to say the least. The best way to describe the sound is pleasant, maybe even safe to an extent. It never crosses any lines and honestly, that’s perfectly fine. The guitars have just the right amount of bite, and Young never has to fight with his backdrop – he’s always the commander.
Vocally, Chris Young sounds as polished as ever. He never over-sings, giving a balanced, satisfying vocal performance. His poise may not be particularly flashy or awe-inspiring, but overall, he delivers an appealing performance. It feels right. Lyrically, the verses are respectable and well-rounded, while the chorus shines – the crowning achievement of “Hangin’ On.”
“Yeah, I’m hangin’ on, hangin’ on / To every word you say / Every move you make / I’m hangin’ on, hangin’ on / Wondering what’s up next / Girl, I can’t wait / Ain’t nothing like spinning you around the room / Where everyone can see / You hangin’ on, hangin’ on to me.”
Young also musters up a fine bridge, which expectedly contrasts verses and chorus.
All in all, Chris Young gives the world another enjoyable, well-rounded performance. Perhaps Young won’t ‘knock your socks off’ with “Hangin’ On” – it’s a bit ‘safe’ arguably – but the soundness can’t be denied. Great vocals, solid songwriting and production, overall, solid record.