License to Chill

License to Chill

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by Jimmy Buffett

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Much is going to be made of the big-name duets and guest shots on Jimmy Buffett's engaging License to Chill, and rightly so. A swinging take on Hank Williams's "Hey Good Looking" gives a rousing turn not only to Buffett but also to his buddies Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Toby


Much is going to be made of the big-name duets and guest shots on Jimmy Buffett's engaging License to Chill, and rightly so. A swinging take on Hank Williams's "Hey Good Looking" gives a rousing turn not only to Buffett but also to his buddies Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, and George Strait. All of these guests return for duets with Buffett, the standouts being a lilting, tropical version -- complete with steel drums and Jackson on board -- of Guy Clark's "Boats to Build"; the rocking title track with Chesney; and an atmospheric, moody rendition of Don Gibson's classic "Sea of Heartbreak," with Strait, that supplants Gibson's intense desperation with a resigned acceptance of fate's moving hand. As for the ladies, both Martina McBride and Nanci Griffith make notable appearances -- McBride sounds especially gripping on Buffett's meditation on mortality, "Trip Around the Sun." And it's always good to hear from soul man Bill Withers, who makes two appearances here: collaborating and dueting on a bluesy lament, "Playin' the Loser Again," and teaming as a writer with Buffett on "Simply Complicated," a witty two-step about life's little trials. But it would be foolhardy to overlook Buffett's solo performances -- some of his finest ever -- on some splendid original songs. The funky "Coastal Confessions" finds our man musing philosophically and lightheartedly about the daily grind and an uncertain future, but the real gem is the beautiful, mid-tempo love song "Coast of Carolina," which rivals "Come Monday" in its simple, elegant lyrics and heartfelt sentiments concerning the allure of true love. Buffett's been doing good work for a long time, but this one'll send chills down your spine.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early in the 2000s, Jimmy Buffett experienced one of his periodic revivals thanks to the legions of contemporary country singers indebted to his sunny, relaxed party music. His influence had been bubbling under during the latter half of the '90s, but in 2003 he suddenly was front and center, performing a duet with Alan Jackson on the "Margaritaville"-styled smash "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," while echoes of his music were clearly heard in country's first superstar of the new millennium, Kenny Chesney. Never one to miss an opportunity -- or, as he puts it in the liner notes, "not being one to let a cultural phenomenon pass me by like a misguided comet" -- Buffett decided to go the whole hog and record his own country album, License to Chill, for the summer of 2004. He calls in a lot of favors here, drafting Jackson, Chesney, Toby Keith, Clint Black, George Strait, Martina McBride, Nanci Griffith, and, for a change of pace, Bill Withers, for duets on this generous 16-track album. Usually, such a surplus of guest stars overwhelms the main artist, but that isn't the case here, since everybody bends to fit Buffett's style instead of the reverse. These guests not only give Buffett a straight man for his jokes, but also help focus his musical direction and song selection, since it all feeds into the album's sun-kissed contemporary country direction. Musically, this isn't all that far removed from either his early-'70s work or "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," which is hardly a surprise, but what is surprising is that it's one of the most enjoyable latter-day albums from this notoriously inconsistent artist. There are still some overly silly, even embarrassing moments, such as the frequent tossed-off puns and the cringe-inducing "Simply Complicated," but these are the exceptions on this cheery collection of laid-back country-rockers and beach ballads. Again, the difference on License to Chill isn't the music, but the consistency of the songwriting and the performances, resulting not only in Buffett's strongest record in years, but an album that sits comfortably next to that new Kenny Chesney album, and that means he accomplished exactly what he set out to do.

Product Details

Release Date:
Mailboat Records


  1. Hey Good Lookin' @@Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and George Strait
  2. Boats to Build @@Alan Jackson
  3. License to Chill @@Kenny Chesney
  4. Coast of Carolina
  5. Piece of Work @@Toby Keith
  6. Anything, Anytime, Anywhere
  7. Trip Around the Sun @@Martina McBride
  8. Simply Complicated
  9. Coastal Confessions
  10. Sea of Heartbreak @@George Strait
  11. Conky Tonkin' @@Clint Black
  12. Playin' the Loser Again @@Bill Withers
  13. Window on the World
  14. Someone I Used to Love @@Nanci Griffith
  15. Scarlet Begonias
  16. Back to the Island

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Clint Black   Vocals
Nanci Griffith   Vocals
George Strait   Vocals
Anderson   Guitar
Bill Withers   Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Buddy Owen   Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Sonny Landreth   Guitar
Toby Keith   Vocals
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Tony Brown   Keyboards
Kenny Chesney   Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Robert Greenidge   Timbales,Steel Drums
Doyle Grisham   Pedal Steel Guitar
Roger Guth   Drums
Alan Jackson   Vocals
J.L. Jamison   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Mac McAnally   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Keyboards
Jim Photoglo   Background Vocals
Michael Ramos   Vocals
Nadirah Shakoor   Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Mike Utley   Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass Guitar
Michael Utley   Keyboards
Will Kimbrough   Guitar
Chris Walsh   Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Stan Kellam   Vocals
Rachel Wilson   Background Vocals
Tim Bender   Vocals
Doug Breidenbach   Guitar
Buster Somar   Harmonica,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
Verlon Thompson   Composer
Anderson   Composer
John Farrar   Engineer
Paul Hampton   Composer
Stephen Bruton   Composer
Hal David   Composer
J.L. Jamison   Studio Manager,Drum Technician
Mac McAnally   Producer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Michael Utley   Producer,Audio Production
Will Kimbrough   Composer
Rodney Gnoinsky   Engineer,Computer Editing
Alan Schulman   Engineer
Sam Farrar   Engineer
Charlie Hood   Representation
Stan Kellam   Video Director

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