Life on a Rock

Life on a Rock

by Kenny Chesney
     
 
Life on a Rock follows its 2012 predecessor Welcome to the Fishbowl quickly -- very quickly, appearing a mere ten months later. Why did Chesney rush out this record? It could be a tacit acknowledgment that Chesney wasn't entirely engaged on Welcome to the Fishbowl, an album that was

Overview

Life on a Rock follows its 2012 predecessor Welcome to the Fishbowl quickly -- very quickly, appearing a mere ten months later. Why did Chesney rush out this record? It could be a tacit acknowledgment that Chesney wasn't entirely engaged on Welcome to the Fishbowl, an album that was thoroughly professional not only in its production but in its construction: Chesney barely wrote a thing on the record, choosing to slide into the role of superstar singer, acting like a rock star and living under a spotlight. It was fine but slight, somewhat lost in its own gleaming reflection, leaving little lasting impression. Life on a Rock is similarly light but it's not overly polished. It's breezy, music made for an afternoon at the beach -- a return to the sun-and-sand anthems that Chesney has had as a sideline for about a decade now. At times, he accentuates his good times in the sun just a bit too heavily, inviting the Wailers in so they can give "Spread the Love" a genuine reggae bounce and also writing an ode to "Marley" somewhat in the vein of Eric Church's "Springsteen," but this is the mildest form of overreaching; he's trying just a little bit too hard to chill out. Apart from that, Life on a Rock flows sweetly and easily, the tunes gently drifting between strummed ballads and shimmering low-key pop, with the opening song (and first single) "Pirate Flag" being the only song here with a hard pulse. Chesney never sounds like he's trying too hard but, the thing of it is, he wrote all but three of the songs here, so this represents a considerable uptick in effort from its predecessor. That effort pays off: this feels fuller, richer than any Chesney album in recent memory, but it's also unhurried and light, an ideal soundtrack for a long, lazy summer.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
Label:
Blue Chair Records
UPC:
0887654547927
catalogNumber:
545479
Rank:
25661

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Chesney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Barry Bales   Upright Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Melonie Cannon   Background Vocals
Glen DaCosta   Saxophone
Tyrone Downie   Percussion,Keyboards
Audley Freed   Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Paul Leim   Drums
Earl Lindo   Organ
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass,Cello
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Rhythm Guitar
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Ukulele,Gut String Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums,Shaker
Keith Gattis   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Fred Eltringham   Percussion
Jeffrey Taylor   Accordion
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson   Percussion,Keyboards
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals
Junior "Chico" Chinn   Trumpet
Carlton Barrett   Drums
Aston "Family Man" Barrett   Bass,Percussion
Brady Shammar   Background Vocals
Gretchen Rhodes   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Charlie Brocco   Engineer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Butch Carr   Engineer
Kenny Chesney   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tyrone Downie   Composer
Mac McAnally   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Keith Gattis   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Michael White   Composer
Elan Atias   Composer
Ross Copperman   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Carlton Barrett   Composer
Jose Alcantar   Engineer
Tandra "Lytes" Jhagroo   Engineer
Aston "Family Man" Barrett   Composer
Kamal Evans   Engineer

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