Be as You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair (2005) 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