There isn’t much tempo to this one, nor is there much island time partying. Still, Kenny Chesney may be at his best in his latest album, Welcome to the Fishbowl. It’s the deepest we’ve seen from Kenny in quite some time.
Kenny kicks it off with “Come Over,” a song he told CMT Insider was a “clasy booty call song” emphasizing the dynamics of a relationship after it has run its course.
“Welcome To The Fishbowl,” “Time Flies” and “Feel Like A Rockstar” are the only upbeat songs on the album. It might be impossible for Kenny to come out with a project with no salute to the sand and the sea. “Time Flies” fills that responsibility on this CD, and it also serves to break up the heaviness with a little lightheartedness.
Aside from these, the rest of the album is reminiscent and contemplative about life, love and faith.
“I’m a Small Town” is an emotional tribute to the ties we have to our small town roots and the memories that lay there. From riding a bike for the first time to a first kiss, Kenny takes us back to all the bittersweet memories from where we grew up.
“El Cerrito Place” interjects with a love song. It seems to provide a taste of the longing Kenny will use to wrap up the album. The piece provides an ambience of loneliness. Well I’ve been hangin’ around this place/I’ve been looking through your space/I’ve been waitin’ for you
Kenny continues the depth with “He Still Knows Who I Am,” a song written about returning home to spend time with a father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. I drive a Chevy cause he drove Chevies/like him I’m a baseball fan/I’m goin’ back to see him while he still knows who I am
The album comes to a close with a run of wistful love songs. “To Get To You” is written about the hardships love causes and the fear we oftentimes must overcome in order to be happy. Well I’ve been out and I’ve been in/I’ve been scared to love again/But you’re worth every hurt my heart’s been through/I’d go through it all again if I had to/To get to you
“Always Gonna Be You” and “You And Tequila” seem to bring the album to a conclusive theme wistful of lost love, too complicated to have been salvaged.
- Come Over
- Feel Like A Rock Star (Duet With Tim McGraw)
- Sing ‘Em Good My Friend
- Welcome To The Fishbowl
- I’m A Small Town
- El Cerrito Place
- Makes Me Wonder
- While He Still Knows Who I Am
- Time Flies
- To Get To You (55th And 3rd)
- Always Gonna Be You
- You And Tequila (With Grace Potter) – (Live At Red Rocks Amphitheatre)