Welcome To The Fishbowl Someone get Kenny Chesney back to his beachside hammock and reconnect his piña colada IV, stat! Lately the sun-loving country titan has been more inclined… Welcome To The Fishbowl Someone get Kenny Chesney back to his beachside hammock and reconnect his piña colada IV, stat! Lately the sun-loving country titan has been more inclined… 2012-06-19 Kenny Chesney Country Sony Nashville
Music Review

Welcome to the Fishbowl (2012)

EMPTY CONFESSIONS Although deep and sentimental on its surface, Chesney’s 13th album is empty at its core
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EMPTY CONFESSIONS Although deep and sentimental on its surface, Chesney’s 13th album is empty at its core
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 19, 2012; Lead Performance: Kenny Chesney; Genre: Country; Production: Sony Nashville

Someone get Kenny Chesney back to his beachside hammock and reconnect his piña colada IV, stat! Lately the sun-loving country titan has been more inclined to take moody nighttime strolls along the shore, and if his 13th album is any indication, the guy's got a lot to feel down about. ''I don't think I can take this bed getting any colder,'' he laments on aching opener ''Come Over.'' And on the Alzheimer's tale ''While He Still Knows Who I Am,'' a son watches as his father fades away. Chesney's albums have always been considerably more wistful than his radio persona, but Welcome to the Fishbowl's tunes, while well wrought, can be downright dour. The tonal shift is fine — the problem is that these weepies often come off less like authentic autobiography than downbeat Nashville role-playing. (The too-sleek production and ponderous, stretched-out tempos don't help.) On the title track, a playful Internet-era rebuke, he muses, ''Everybody's business is everybody's business,'' but Fishbowl reveals less about the star's true interior life than ever. B–

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Originally posted Jun 13, 2012 Published in issue #1212 Jun 22, 2012 Order article reprints