February 16, 2004 12:00 PM

Kenny Chesney


Jimmy Buffett seems to have rubbed off on Kenny Chesney, who fills this follow-up to 2002’s triple-platinum No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems with reggae-flavored rhapsodizing about balmy weather and beaches. His obsession with all things tropical is a little disconcerting: Nashville isn’t the Bahamas. But those songs are nothing compared to “The Woman with You,” which is the country-music equivalent of cross-dressing. The tune, about a career woman who longs for a more old-fashioned existence, would be a nice turn for Faith Hill or Shania Twain. But it’s hardly convincing to hear a man sing, “I’ve been jugglin’, strugglin’, closin’ big deals/Dancin’ backwards in high heels.”

Far more appropriate is the clever “Being Drunk’s a Lot Like Loving You.” Chesney also profitably remakes Dave Loggins’s 1974 hit “Please Come to Boston,” suggesting that the singer should keep his thoughts form straying to the Caribbean.

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