Kenny Chesney - When the Sun Goes Down
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When the Sun Goes Down (BNA, 2004)

Kenny Chesney

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

The music and image of Kenny Chesney can sometimes be paradoxical, since this hunky beach bum of a singer is often at his best when he's being dead serious. Jimmy Buffett fans, with a hankering for a Southern accented country singer, will eat up much of this new release - especially his duet with Uncle Kracker on "When the Sun Goes Down" and the get away plans expressed through "Outta Here."

Yet Chesney's tender approach to reflective songs like "When I Think About Leaving" are well worth meditating upon after the liquor's all gone and the party's over. Although it never mentions sun or sand, "Some People Change" contains an excellent lyric about the way people can overcome bad habits and historically unkind thinking. The aforementioned "When I Think About Leaving" finds Chesney turning to brief spoken word sections during a song that wisely re-thinks the impulse to break off a still-worthwhile relationship. The album also contains a few live Chesney tracks, including "Live These Songs" and "What I Need to Do."

He would have been better off, however, seeking out a few more musical forums for his empathetic side, because whenever the sun goes down here, Kenny Chesney successfully explores the darker sides of life.

CDs by Kenny Chesney

Here and Now deluxe, 2021 Here and Now, 2020 Songs for the Saints, 2018 Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts, 2017 Cosmic Hallelujah, 2016 Life on a Rock, 2013 Welcome to the Fishbowl, 2012 Hemingway's Whiskey, 2010 Greatest Hits Two, 2009 Lucky Old Sun, 2008 Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates, 2007 Live Those Songs Again, 2006 The Road and the Radio, 2005 Be As You Are (Songs From An Old Blue Chair), 2005

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