When the Sun Goes Down [Bonus Tracks]

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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: 828765880121
  • Catalog Number: 58801

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
Dave Loggins 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
Tom Damphier Composer
David Lowe Composer
Bill Luther Composer
Jason Sellers Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
David Frasier Composer
Tim Johnson Composer
Chris Bain Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Scooter Carusoe Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd ever

    this has got to be one of the best cd's i've ever head number 6(anything but mine) is the best song on the cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I really loved when the sun goes down. I love the way he mixes rock with country. And I think this was almost as good as No shoes, no shirt, no problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This CD is the most intergetic of the Chesney CD's and by far, the best. This CD is great, and I truley loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where's the Spark?

    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 and style of the "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service" album.

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