When the Sun Goes Down

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Judging by the no-shirt-no-shoes-no-problem poses he strikes in the booklet accompanying this album, Kenny Chesney is living large these days. Quadruple platinum will do that for you. The blend of tropicalia and contemporary country-rock that pushed his previous studio album into the ether fuels this outing as well, although unlike No Shoes, a number of songs here some penned by Chesney find him waxing nostalgic for the carefree years of yore. These range from "I Go Back," a jittery treatise concerning the transportive qualities of a beloved song, to "Keg in the Closet," a driving homage to rambunctious college years. On the hedonistic side, the burbling island ambiance ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Judging by the no-shirt-no-shoes-no-problem poses he strikes in the booklet accompanying this album, Kenny Chesney is living large these days. Quadruple platinum will do that for you. The blend of tropicalia and contemporary country-rock that pushed his previous studio album into the ether fuels this outing as well, although unlike No Shoes, a number of songs here some penned by Chesney find him waxing nostalgic for the carefree years of yore. These range from "I Go Back," a jittery treatise concerning the transportive qualities of a beloved song, to "Keg in the Closet," a driving homage to rambunctious college years. On the hedonistic side, the burbling island ambiance of the swaying Uncle Kracker duet "When the Sun Goes Down" forms the backdrop for a paean to the pleasures of nightlife. Even so, there's plenty of evidence that Chesney's conscience isn't fallow. On "The Woman with You," Chesney advocates happiness at home and acceptance of one's natural self as the most desirable path, over wailing '80s guitar riffs and sweet harmonies, while on the pounding, insistent "Some People Change," he espouses a belief in love as a cure-all for bigotry, addiction, and other debilitating conditions. Despite its title, "Being Drunk's a Lot like Loving You" is a nice, lilting love song, informed by a bit of honky-tonk in its swirling pedal steel lines and tinkling piano punctuations. After this, Chesney can probably buy that beach he's lounging on.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kenny Chesney's stardom snuck up quietly. He had a string of modest successes during the late '90s, but he never made crossover waves until 2002's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, when his steady touring and steady shift toward adult pop paid off with his first number one album, but that was nothing compared to the stunning first-week sales of its successor, When the Sun Goes Down, which also debuted at number one to the very healthy sales of over 550,000. Chesney had clearly filled a void, one left by the diminished presence of Garth Brooks -- a singer who blurred the lines between '70s mainstream pop
ock and contemporary country, a singer who made adult-oriented music about everyday things. At one point Chesney was aligned with neo-traditionalist country singers, but by When the Sun Goes Down, he had left that far behind, using country as mere flavoring on an album whose heart and soul is firmly within the tradition of '70s singer/songwriters. Where Garth Brooks merely covered Billy Joel and a latter-day tune at that, Chesney drops references to Joel, James Taylor, and Steve Miller, while covering Dave Loggins' "Please Come to Boston." So, it's not an entire surprise that he favors ballads, usually the anthemic type designed to fill out arenas, and when he does turn the tempo up, it's still laid-back, in the fashion of Jimmy Buffett, as on the appealing duet with Uncle Kracker on the title track. Chesney often refers to living in the Islands the Caribbean Islands, that is in his nice song-by-song liner notes and every one of the many pictures in the disc's booklet features him on an island, but this is hardly a tropical album -- it's a record for middle America, for soccer moms and sentimental NASCAR dads, for those who opted out of the corporate rat race in favor of a loving relationship, as the character in "The Woman With You" did. It's for a generation raised on rock but living on country, people who like to reminiscence but are perfectly happy in their domestic life. If this sounds condescending, it's not meant that way; it's an apt description of an album that captures a time, place, and mindset, the way Sgt. Pepper provided the soundtrack to the Summer of Love. Peppered with references to Abercrombie & Fitch, American Express, dogs named Bocephus, old frat brothers, and forgotten sorority sisters, all set to a canny blend of state-of-the-art country, '70s sensibility, and '80s production check out muted delayed rhythm guitar on "I Go Back", it's a thoroughly modern mature-pop album. Like Shania Twain's Come On Over or Up!, this is music that's meant to have universal appeal, but it's far subtler in its approach, not least because it's delivered not by a diva, but a humble guy with a likeable, friendly voice. It may not be country, but that doesn't matter; When the Sun Goes Down is winning, sturdy mainstream pop, and after hearing it, it's easy to see why so many listeners now take Chesney to heart -- he's writing the soundtrack to their lives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Bna Entertainment
  • UPC: 828765660921
  • Catalog Number: 56609
  • Sales rank: 59,137

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Chesney Primary Artist
John Jorgenson Electric Guitar
Gary Prim Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer
Eddie Bayers Drums
Pat Buchanan Harmonica, Electric Guitar
Melonie Cannon Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Tim Hensley Banjo, Background Vocals
John Hobbs Piano, Hammond Organ
Dann Huff Electric Guitar
Paul Leim Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Finger Snapping
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar, Bottleneck Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Randy McCormick Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Steve Nathan Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Larry Paxton Bass
Tom Roady Percussion, Steel Drums
John Willis Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Neil Thrasher Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders Steel Guitar
Uncle Kracker Background Vocals
Wyatt Beard Background Vocals
Mat Britain Percussion, Steel Drums
Clayton Mitchell Electric Guitar
Sean Paddock Percussion
Technical Credits
Skip Ewing Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Buddy Cannon Producer
Kenny Chesney Composer, Producer
Josh Leo Composer
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Neil Thrasher Composer
Brett James Composer
Ronnie Thomas Digital Editing
Rory Lee Composer
S. Wade Hunt Art Direction
Wendell Mobley Composer
Tony Castle Engineer
Jason Sellers Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
David Frasier Composer
Tim Johnson Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Scooter Carusoe Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it is the best country albume i have heard

    The albume When the Sun Goes Down by Kenny Chesney. I love the storys they are the best country stories that I have every heard.I love the song I go back. I also love the song Keg in Closet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kenny is simply the best in the biz!

    This album is amazing. The lyrics are really in touch with lifes ups and downs "I go Back" is simply one of the best songs ever! Great album as always Kenny!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN CD.

    I have been a huge fan of ''KENNY CHESNEY'' for a lot of years now and every time he comes out with a new cd i can't wait to get it . I would have to say that one of my favirot songs on this cd is the titel of this cd.And just like all of his cds ther is all ways a cuple of songs that make you fell that you are down in the islands with him a must buy for any kenny chesney fan!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Yet!!

    Kenny puts alot of more of himself in this CD then any other he's made. The emotion he puts into each song makes you feel like he's lived it just like everyone else. The music changes as does his life. It brings back alot of memories of the past, College years, fun times,sleepless nights, broken hearts, lost loves. Great music and lyrics. I look forward to the new CD 2005.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of his best, yet!!

    I think is Kenny's best CD yet! I love Kenny and he is a really great singer and I am so totally looking forward to his next CD which is set to come out in Jan. 05'. Kenny is so very hott too, how can you not like him or this cd!!!! I love all of the songs on here, I can't pick my favorite song, I listen to this CD over and over again....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kenny's best yet

    While I've enjoyed Kenny's last four releases very much, this one takes the keg. Country's Jimmy Buffet starts out with a methodical and strong "There Goes My Life" but quickly turns up the volume with "I Go Back" and the tropical fun of the title track. Uncle Kracker's vocals make it a memorable, unique anthem for the summer. The rest of the album sails smoothly, from "The Woman with You" all the way to "Please Come to Boston." In between, Chesney mixes ballads like "Old Blue Chair" with arena rockers such as "Keg in the Closet" to make this cd a favorite in any country lover's rotation. Chesney fans and fans of great music won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hello Kenny? Remember your fans???

    I'm dissappointed with this CD. Nowhere near like the last CD. The Please Come To Boston Song is okay and so is There Goes My Life, but what is the rest? Not so good. At least I have No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems to play and I'm looking forward to the next tour, but I hope he doesn't play this new stuff, cuz it aint so good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a softer Kenny Chesney

    Chesney takes a different direction with this CD and simply put - "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"... this album lacks direction and the music (relative to his talent), gets about a "C". What originally drew me to Kenny's music was the combination of Rock and Country. This CD lacks the spark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He performs again!

    All I can say is that Kenny Chesney does not dissapoint on this c.d. He is back and better than ever. From one track to the next the good songs just keep coming. I would totally recommend this album.

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