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Young Love (Digital Deluxe Edition) [edit]
by Mat Kearney | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: May 01, 2012

Mat Kearney returns with a digital deluxe edition of his latest release, Young Love, featuring 15 songs and the video for his new single, "Ships In The Night."

Track Listing
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01. Hey Mama
02. Ships In The Night
03. Count On Me
04. Sooner Or Later
05. Chasing The Light
06. Learning To Love Again
07. Down
08. She Got The Honey
09. Young Dumb And In Love
10. Rochester
11. Seventeen
12. Runaway
13. What She Wants
14. Head Or Your Heart
15. Two Hearts
16. Video: Ships In The Night

Entry last edited by AlabamaLove24 on 06.15.12

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Young Love (Deluxe) Review | Posted June 20, 2015
The Oregonian pop star, Mat Kearney almost wasn’t the lovable artist we know now. He studied literature and played soccer at California State University. His friend and producer invited him to Nashville to record and he never went back. Now, according to Rolling Stone, Mat Kearney is going back to his roots on Young Love. After he began recording, Nothing Left to Lose was released in 2006, followed by City of Black and White in 2009. The non-existent reggae-style songs on City of Black and White are back now for Kearney’s 2011 effort. His newest release, JUST KIDS came out in February of this year.

Young Love (Deluxe Edition) (2011): 15 tracks, 58 minutes

Young Love is about just that. Nearly all of the tracks describe some sort of relationship, most of them about girls, but “Rochester” features the story of Mat’s dad. Mat also highlights some spiritual struggles as well on “Chasing the Light.”

Having listened to this a few times in a row, a lot of the songs seem to blend into the same style. However, standouts include “Hey Mama,” in which the bass stands out, “Ships in the Night” with its ambient and powerful keys, and “Rochester,” relying heavily on fingerpicking. “Sooner or Later” has been hailed as “barely distinguishable from OneRepublic” by Rolling Stone, but they praise him for bringing back the reggae that was missing on his 2009 effort. Mat’s style is somewhat poppy with a lot of hip-hop during the verses. Both styles have influenced him greatly.

Although his style is fresh, some of the lyrics can leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. A suggestive reference is made in “Hey Mama,” “. . . Those baby browns and golden thighs . . .” and in “Chasing the Light,” when Kearney writes, “Remember back when you slept on my floor.” In “Down,” he lights up a cigarette, for his lover in “She Got the Honey” he would “beg, steal, and borrow if tomorrow she’d stay.” There’s a lot of bad things that happen in “Rochester,” but Mat doesn’t advocate any of it. “It was only one night and our first time” seems suggestive in “Seventeen,” while in “Head or Your Heart” Mat implies that you have to choose between your head and your heart, which is not always the case. Mat keeps the profanity to a minimum with only h-words, but they appear in “Chasing the Light,” “Learning to Love Again,” “Rochester,” and “Seventeen.”

That seems like a lot, but there’s a lot of good stuff that Kearney interjects into this record. “Hey Mama,” “Count on Me,” and “Seventeen” display unconditional love, but as a whole this 15-track ensemble deals heavily with family issues and resolution in pretty much every track. “Chasing the Light” encourages us to do just that, no matter what’s going on. “Down” tells us “we all need forgiveness.” The end of “Seventeen” describes the nervous/excited experience of having a child. “What She Wants” warns us that material possessions can’t make us happy and “Two Hearts” is simply a beautiful love song.

While there’s good and bad on this album, Mat really shows the struggle of family in these times, but he contrasts that with beautiful songs of commitment and renewal with his unique hip-hop/pop/reggae style. I would definitely recommend it. 7.5/10

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!!!!! | Posted September 28, 2014
If I had to pick my top three they would be Hey Mamma, Count On Me and Down. I like his style of music so I love this album. I def feel like there is something on this album for everybody outtgere. Be sure to pick it up ASAP because you'll for sure live it and rock it all the time.

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Can't get enough! | Posted July 09, 2012
I loved the album Young Love enough as it is, but with the added songs on the deluxe edition, it's even better. I think there's something for everyone on this album. From cute love songs, just plain happy songs, songs about hard times, and more, I think there's something everyone can relate to and enjoy on this album.

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