Kenny Chesney - All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan
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All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan (BNA, 2003)

Kenny Chesney

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

Having spent the past few Christmases in the Caribbean, Kenny Chesney puts that influence front and center on this album, starting with the Paul Overstreet title track. "Instead of turkey we'll have mahi-mahi grilled," Chesney sings, in his laid-back style. He gives "Jingle Bells" a makeover with steel drums, horns and some new lyrics: "You know I hate the cold / That's why I always go / Down south to drink some rum..."

Chesney performs two country Christmas classics as duets with the original artists: Randy Owen joins him on "Christmas in Dixie," and Willie Nelson sings on "Pretty Paper." Despite all these nice surprises, the best track is the one that deviates the least from Chesney's traditional sound, Skip Ewing's "Thank God for Kids," which comes complete with banjo and steel guitar. "Silver Bells," with its synthesized percussion, would fit better on an Eighties light pop album. But that misstep aside, this is a pretty good offering that will satisfy Chesney's many fans.

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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