Ticket To lA 5/10
Country-pop’s new blue-eyed boy underwhelms on his second album
While last year’s eponymous, ballad-heavy major-label debut saw this Californian ex-baseball player seduce many a country pop picker, the songs aren’t strong enough to carry this follow-up. despite the regulation team of hit-hardened Nashville writers credited, tunes such as “Catch” and “Where You Want Me” slip through one earhole and out of the other without leaving a trace. “Used To Missin’ You”’s good-time tale of romantic nostalgia has a touch more bite to it, and “Chapters” convinces partly thanks to it being based on Young’s own backstory, but still he delivers them with a bland, characterless croon that too often fails to resonate.