Young Love by Mat Kearney: Album Review

Music. It's the tie that bonds. It is a way for people of totally different backgrounds to come together. To connect.

I recently received the album Young Love by Mat Kearney to review. I was not familiar with Mat Kearney's music. In fact, I'd never heard of him before. So I listened to Young Love, with absolutely no expectations, whatsoever. 

iTunes classified the genre as Religious. But it is far less Christian music but more pop (mainstream) music. It was a delight to listen to Young Love. I was hooked after listening to the first track.

Hey Mama is such fun. My son and I danced around the kitchen while listening to it. It's definitely my favorite song on the album. It's light-hearted, upbeat, and addictive. You can't be still when you hear it and it will bring a smile to your face. It reminded me of my hubby and I. Opposites. "Couldn't be more opposite, I'm hard to please and you're hard to get, You're Mississippi and I'm Oregon, You're sun tanned an I'm porcelain skinned." Love it!

The next track, Ships In The Night, is my second favorite song on the album. It's not necessarily rap, but more spoken-word-like. A beautiful song. The message for me was about hanging on, even when things are tough.

Count On Me is the third song on the album and it has a kid(s) singing with him. It's a very cute song. Again, my son really like this one, too. Fun. I also loved the sixth track, Learning to Love Again… really loved his voice on this song. One of my favorite lines on the whole album is in the song, Young Dumb And In Love. It's "You kiss my lips like I was catching a flight, I said, If I'm hones I fell for you that first night."

If you aren't familiar with Mat's music you've probably heard some of his previous hits on your favorite TV shows.  Past songs have appeared on 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, Friday Night Lights, Scrubs, NCIS, and numerous other television shows.  Mat's been winning over crowds on tours with everyone from John Mayer and Sheryl Crow to Keane and The Fray.

Young Love Tracklisting

1 Hey Mama
2 Ships In The Night
3 Count On Me

4 Sooner Or Later

5 Chasing The Light

6 Learning To Love Again

7 Down

8 She Got The Honey

9 Young Dumb And In Love

10 Rochester
11 Seventeen

Mat on Tour This Fall 

Mat is hitting the road in September playing nearly 40 shows in US & Canada.  Tickets on sale now.

9/14          Jacksonville, FL       Murray Hill           
9/16          Charleston, SC         Music Farm           
9/17          Athens, GA               GA Theater           
9/18          Carrboro, NC            Cat's Cradle            
9/20          Charlottesville, VA   Jefferson Theater           
9/23          Louisville, KY           Headliners           
9/24          Cincinnati, OH          Bogart's           
9/25          Cleveland, OH          House of Blues         
9/27           Interlochen, MI        Corson Aud           
9/29           Urbana, IL                Canopy Club           
9/30           Milwaukee, WI         Turner Hall           
10/1           Des Moines, IA        People's Court          
10/2           Omaha, NE              Sokol Auditorium           
10/4           Bloomington, IN      Bluebird           
10/5           St Louis, MO           The Pageant           
10/7           Oxford, MS              The Lyric        
10/8           Pine Mountain, GA   Callaway Gardens          
10/9           Birmingham, AL      Workplay Theatre
10/20         Nashville, TN            Cannery           
10/23         Washington, DC       9:30 Club           
10/24         Baltimore, MD           Ram's Head           
10/25         Lancaster, PA            Chameleon           
10/27         Allentown, PA           Crocodile Rock       
10/28         New York, NY            Webster Hall           
10/29         Philadelphia, PA       Theater of LIving Arts   
10/30         Albany, NY                 Northern Lights      
11/1           Northampton, MA      Pearl Street 
11/2           New Haven, CT          Toad's Place           
11/4           Boston, MA                House of Blues        
11/5           Portland, ME              State Theatre   
11/6           Burlington, VT            Higher Ground           
11/8           Montreal, QC              Petite Campus
11/9           Toronto, ON                Opera House           
11/11         Buffalo, NY                 Town Ballroom           
11/12         Pittsburgh, PA            Rex Theater           
11/13         Detroit, MI                   St. Andrews           
11/15         Columbus, OH            Newport Music Hall  
11/17         Chicago, IL                 House of Blues         
11/19         Madison, WI               The Majestic
11/20         Minneapolis, MN       First Avenue

Young Love is definitely worth the listen. I know it will be listened to a lot in my home. I'm one of Mat's newest fan… and fast becoming one of his biggest. You can fan Mat on Facebook.

I received a copy of “Young Love” as a member of One2One Network. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.