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Chris' fourth career effort, while not exactly a concept album, basically revolves around a central theme: detailing the activities that take place in the wee hours of the morning.
The hit single “Aw Naw” along with the title track play perfectly into this scheme and are tailor-made for Chris’ soulful country style. But the top tracks on the album are actually the more heartfelt numbers like “Goodbye” and “Text Me Texas,” a song that should have every female in America succumbing to its seductive powers.
The album really serves as a showcase for Chris’ soulful country voice, highlighted by his signature dips and growls. Few singers in today’s genre can match Chris as a pure vocalist, a notion that should be reinforced with A.M.
Chris also continues to improve as a writer, and of the six co-penned songs here, the favorite is “Lighters in the Air,” a more picturesque tune than might be assumed from the title.
The only real misses come with “Hold You to It” (can you guess where that’s going?) and the generic-sounding “Nothin’ but the Cooler Left.”
Overall, though, this disproves the popular belief that nothing good ever happens in the a.m. There’s plenty of good stuff here.