Ken Tucker
July 23, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

License to Chill

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jimmy Buffett
Producers
Mailboat, RCA Nashville

We gave it a B

”Am I country, pop, or rock & roll?…/ It’s simply complicated,” the beachcomber croons on Chill, which features collaborations with country stars like Toby Keith and George Strait. Buffett’s smart — he knows the country demo is his as well, and clever genre mash-ups like ”Conky Tonkin”’ and the oldie ”Sea of Heartbreak” make this experiment work. Core Parrotheads may be initially confused by the twangy vocals, but then, happy befuddlement is their concert state of mind anyway.

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