Life on a Rock

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Blue Chair Records
  • UPC: 887654547927
  • Catalog Number: 545479
  • Sales rank: 21,256

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
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
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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