Kenny Chesney: Life on a Rock Album Review

Kenny Chesney’s new album, Life on a Rock was available to stream via iTunes last week (only from a computer). But I’m really excited to finally be able to download another amazing album by Mr. Chesney himself. If you’re a fan of the country star, you know how much he loves the beach, and this album focuses on just that. With just 10 tracks on the album, it’s shorter than his other albums, but still amazing, as expected.

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“Pirate Flag” was the first single released off of Life on a Rock and is the perfect tune to kick the album off, as Kenny sings about trading in his old life for a “pirate flag and an island girl.” From here on, your taken away to a tropical paradise and escape reality with Kenny.

I can easily see the album title track, “Life on a Rock”being the next single off of Kenny’s album and one I can picture everyone holding their beers up to at his concert. Singing about the perks of carefree life on the beach, it’s something everyone can relate to.

After listening to the iHeartRadio album release party yesterday, I learned that Kenny Chesney’s favorite song on the album is also my own – “When I See This Bar.” This tune tells the tale of memories with friends at a favorite bar every time you go back, no matter how much time has passed. One of Kenny’s great songs reflecting on good times.

One of my favorite things about country music is the stories that are told through the music. It’s a true art and you can really feel the emotion behind the songs. “Lindy,” a song that Chesney thought would never make the final cut for the album, is actually one of the best songs on the album. Telling the story of a homeless man wandering around the bars near the beach and despite the fact that he’s dirty and seems crazy talking to himself, there’s a lot more to him than people see.

Kenny Chesney also pays tribute to one of his favorite musicians – Bob Marley twice on this album. First with “Spread the Love,” a duet with Marley’s band The Wailers and again, on the track “Marley.” “Spread the Love” is an upbeat song that sounds like something we would’ve heard from Bob Marley himself if he was still around – a true beach song. “Marley” is a much softer song, another one of my favorites on the album. It reminds me of sitting on the beach by yourself with a beer, watching the sunset and reflecting on your life. A very peaceful song.

Willie Nelson makes a special appearance on track “Coconut Tree,” a song about escaping with your significant other to a place far away from reality. If you listen to the words you’ll get a better understanding of what it’s about, but to me, it’s a very happy feel-good song. Similar to this track (music-wise), is “Must Be Something I Missed,” which to me, is about learning from your mistakes and  trying to figure out life as you go and always realizing there’s something you’re missing.

“It’s That Time of Day” is probably my least favorite song on the album – a song about the day ending and saying goodbye to friends. Nobody likes goodbyes and plus, it’s not nearly as catchy as the other tracks. Although his duet with Grace Potter landed on her album a couple of years back, I think that would’ve been another great hit to include on his album of beach-y songs.

The final song on the album, “Happy on the Hey Now (A Song for Kristi)” is a song celebrating the life of a loved one who passed away and all of the happy memories that will live on despite that person no longer being around. This song reminds me of one of my high school friends, Jen who passed away after a car accident at 18. It’s a tough one to listen to if you can relate, but at the same time, such a beautiful song.

If you asked me to pick my favorite Kenny Chesney album is, I don’t think I could do it. Every single one of his album’s is perfect in its own way, Life on a Rock being no exception. All I can say is after having this album on repeat, I’m more than ready for a vacation to a tropical paradise!

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