Kenny Chesney: The Big Revival

Kenny Chesney


Kenny Chesney‘s last album, 2013’s Life on a Rock, was a foray into Bud Lime-tinged reggae that was at turns admirably ambitious and sort of disastrous. Here, he’s back on more solid country ground with his strongest collection of songs since 2010’s career-defining Hemingway’s Whiskey. Whether he’s making a religious leap of faith (“The Big Revival”) or trying to make the most of his limited days on this lonely planet (“Til It’s Gone”) or just tailgating before a big college football game (“Flora-Bama”), country’s number-one beach bum continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency his previous easygoing albums have sometimes lacked. Even paint-by-numbers moments like “Beer Can Chicken,” a catchy echo of the hit “Chicken Fried” by Chesney imitator Zac Brown, are worth bringing out the grill for.

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