Be as You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair Kenny Chesney has borrowed Jimmy Buffett's subject matter for years, and now it looks like he's after Norah Jones' tempos. The country hunk's ultra-mellow new… 2005-01-25 Kenny Chesney Country
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Be as You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair (2005)

Details Release Date: Jan 25, 2005; Lead Performance: Kenny Chesney; Genre: Country

Kenny Chesney has borrowed Jimmy Buffett's subject matter for years, and now it looks like he's after Norah Jones' tempos. The country hunk's ultra-mellow new record Be as You Are makes beach living seem like one long hammock nap. Problem is, his sun-baked characters — the Boston transplant, the wistful barmaid, and especially the earnest narrator — are too lazy to be interesting. Bummer. Chesney deserves props for straying from Nashville conservatism, but he's still a long way from ''Margaritaville.''

Originally posted Jan 24, 2005 Published in issue #803 Jan 28, 2005 Order article reprints