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Life On a Rock

Kenny Chesney

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Album Review

Life on a Rock follows its 2012 predecessor Welcome to the Fishbowl quickly — very quickly, appearing a mere ten months later. Why did Chesney rush out this record? It could be a tacit acknowledgment that Chesney wasn't entirely engaged on Welcome to the Fishbowl, an album that was thoroughly professional not only in its production but in its construction: Chesney barely wrote a thing on the record, choosing to slide into the role of superstar singer, acting like a rock star and living under a spotlight. It was fine but slight, somewhat lost in its own gleaming reflection, leaving little lasting impression. Life on a Rock is similarly light but it's not overly polished. It's breezy, music made for an afternoon at the beach — a return to the sun-and-sand anthems that Chesney has had as a sideline for about a decade now. At times, he accentuates his good times in the sun just a bit too heavily, inviting the Wailers in so they can give "Spread the Love" a genuine reggae bounce and also writing an ode to "Marley" somewhat in the vein of Eric Church's "Springsteen," but this is the mildest form of overreaching; he's trying just a little bit too hard to chill out. Apart from that, Life on a Rock flows sweetly and easily, the tunes gently drifting between strummed ballads and shimmering low-key pop, with the opening song (and first single) "Pirate Flag" being the only song here with a hard pulse. Chesney never sounds like he's trying too hard but, the thing of it is, he wrote all but three of the songs here, so this represents a considerable uptick in effort from its predecessor. That effort pays off: this feels fuller, richer than any Chesney album in recent memory, but it's also unhurried and light, an ideal soundtrack for a long, lazy summer.

Customer Reviews

Stop Hating!

Do I really care that Kenny's music has always been an eclectic mix of country and island style? No! He seems to be one of the only artist out there who still writes their own music from the heart. I have seen KC perform at 65,000 person venues and Sloppy Joe's in Key West. He is one of the greatest musicians of my lifetime. Thanks for all you do!

Lost your way Kenny...

Get back to your roots, your songs we can relate to and sing along...I go back, never wanted nothing more, etc. Stop trying to be Jimmy Buffett.

Pure crap

I'm a huge Kenny fan, but this cd is 10 songs of recycled crap. Seems like no effort was put into this cd. As if it was just thrown together in a day or two. Extremely disappointed in this album. Of the 10 songs, maybe 3 are chartable, the rest is just garbage. No effort. No heart. No creativity.

Biography

Born: March 26, 1968 in Knoxville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Contemporary country star Kenny Chesney didn't have the immediate breakout success that many of his peers enjoyed upon signing with major labels, but gradually built up a significant following via hard work, pop-friendly ballads, and a likable, "Average Joe" persona. Chesney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1968 and raised in the nearby small town of Luttrell, best known as the home of Chet Atkins. He grew up listening to both country and rock & roll, but didn't get serious about music until...
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