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When the Sun Goes Down
Genres: Country, Pop
Though Kenny Chesney had been building a rabid fan base over the years, no one expected his 2002 release, the multi-platinum No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems, to make him a superstar. But the Luttrell, Tenn., native had fou... more »
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Though Kenny Chesney had been building a rabid fan base over the years, no one expected his 2002 release, the multi-platinum No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems, to make him a superstar. But the Luttrell, Tenn., native had found a batch of songs that perfectly captured that scary no-man's land between adolescence and adulthood, precisely where the bulk of his followers happened to live. On its sequel, When the Sun Goes Down, the protagonists are older, with kids on the way and hectic jobs that rob them of leisure time. In fantasizing about those college keg parties and hedonism after dark, they search for a sigh of relief. Chesney understands this, and his own changes, too. Emotionally he's more at home in his own skin, and since his voice has gotten deeper and wider, he sounds increasingly confident in the studio, besting guest artist Uncle Kracker on the title song, a warmed-over Jimmy Buffett vibe. He's also matured as a writer. The majority of his four songs, two co-written with others, are no match for "There Goes My Life," the powerful unwed father ballad that served as the album's first single, or even "When I Think About Leavin'," another tune about standing at the crossroads. But his memorable "Being Drunk's a Lot Like Loving You" will burrow deep in your psyche, and prove Chesney a fine guide to confronting pain. Better keep this one handy. --Alanna Nash
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Michelle M. (veggiechick) from ROME, GA
Reviewed on 1/8/2011...
This cd has some of my favorite Kenny Chesney songs. ("There Goes My Life", "I Go Back", "Anything But Mine") Even if you're not a fan you'll find some good songs on this cd.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Patricia S. (mountaingirlpat) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 8/18/2006...
This is a wonderful CD and every song is good! Especially the hit there goes my life!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
A great modern country album!
DanD | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've never been a huge Kenny Chesney fan. His early music was immature and radio-friendly to the core. His latter-day music, however, has an edge to it--for example: few artists would have the nerve to record a song as brutally honest as "Anything but Mine;" still fewer would put it out as a single (and the controversy this song may or may not cause isn't even intended to sell the record, as evidenced by the fact that it's already won awards and been named Country Album of the Year, and established Chesney as a serious artist). I respect Chesney for that, and so I decided to buy the album.
This is great music right here. Unlike a lot of contemporaries, Chesney is a great writer--he doesn't write much, but the four songs he wrote or cowrote on here ("I Got Back", "Keg in the Closet," "Bein Drunk's a Lot Like Lovin You," and "Old Blue Chair") are four of the best. And his choice of covers is nearly impeccable..."There Goes My Life" still brings a tear to my eye, while "The Woman With You" strikes to the bone with any working man or woman.
There are few duds on here. "Outta Here" it a bit cliched, and the title track follows a oft-repeated Buffet vibe...but it's catchy as hell. Even "When I Think About Leaving," which begins like any other song you've ever heard, quickly turns poignant and sentimental. Chesney's voice has matured, his writing and song selecting capabilities have matured...WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN just may be the album of his career (though, thankfully, not the last). It's great country music, plain and simple, from a guy who knows what he wants and what his fans want, and delivers on both levels."
Kenny's the best!
Billy J. Hobbs | Tyler, TX USA | 03/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When this Luttrell, Tennessee, lad broke on the country scene, it appeared he was just another in a large crop of look-alikes and sound alikes. Now, as he's grown up a bit, Kenny Chesney certainly is one of country's superstars, as witnessed by the recent CMA success.
With "When the Sun Goes Down" there's no debate. He's hot and heavy, making the sophisticated (and not so sophisticated) TV talk shows and showing a depth that is not common with a lot of modern musical superstars.
In "I Go Back" and "The Woman with You," Kenny shows a depth of perception and performance that highlights this CD. His driving, rock-hard productions blend cleverly, creatively, and certainly the best of good rock and high-end country, a juxtapositioning of entertainment that catches you where it should. He feels at home, no matter where, and his numbers indicate he knows where he's going and it's going to be all the way-his way. He's maturing as a song-writer ("I've read a lot of books and wrote a few songs," he says.) Besides what appears to be a lot of personal, autobiographical lines, he goes with leaps and bounds into some social significance ("Some People Change"), as well. Coupled with his singing ablility on the CDs, Kenny's hunky videos are also worth watching, as he rolls out a sensuousness that clearly makes him a cut above the rest."