The Road and the Radio by Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney's life has been turned upside down since January, when he released the intimate, personal Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair album. He married movie star Renée Zellweger in May, and by the time she filed for an annulment in September, Kenny's every move was being followed by paparazzi and picked over by the press.

You'd never know anything had changed listening to The Road and the Radio, which returns to the formula of Kenny blockbusters like When the Sun Goes Down and No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems. As always, there are party anthems ("Beer in Mexico," "Living in Fast Forward"), songs about fun in the sun ("Summertime"), a John Mellencamp-ish number ("In a Small Town") and melancholy ballads about regret and lost youth. Even the impact of a powerful song like the mournful single "Who You'd Be Today" is blunted by its similarity to previous hits like "I Go Back" and "Anything but Mine."

Still, The Road and the Radio is full of the polished, rock-powered country Kenny has spent a decade perfecting. If more of the same suits you fine, then this Road's for you.

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