License to Chill
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All the voices on HEY, GOOD LOOKIN' do their part to make it a rousing success, sure to get plenty of air time. BOATS TO BUILD is reflective and Alan Jackson's soulfulness rounds it out perfectly.
The title cut will probably be the next "single" release. Jimmy and Kenny have a good time and I like the tune, but I think it could have been better. Couldn't say how, it just leaves me a little flat.
COAST OF CAROLINA, Jimmy's valentine to his wife, Jane, is about as sweet a love song as you're ever going to find.
The in your face PIECE OF WORK is a great romp with county's rebellious Toby Keith. If you don't smile when you hear it, you've never met a real life "Bubba".
ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE is another great love song. "Tomorrow may come. It usually does. Don't know what it brings to the two of us. I just want you to know what I'm ready to do . . . anything, anytime, anywhere for you." Awwwwwwwww[...]
Martina McBride joins the fun for a look at birthdays in TRIP ROUND THE SUN. This was the only pairing that was missing chemistry . . . or, at least to my ears.
SIMPLY COMPLICATED is Jimmy's wink at a "my wife left, my dog died, someone stole my truck, and I'm outta beer" drinking song. Hysterical.
COASTAL CONFESSIONS is one of the buried treasures in this collection. It might not get airplay, but it's a great story. "I'm a tidal pool explorer from the days of my misspent youth. I believe that down on the beach where the seagulls preach is where the Chinese buried the truth. . . I'm a reader of the night sky and a singer of inordinate tunes.Read more ›
The duets are all superb. Jimmy's voice has good chemistry with all of the guest singers. However, with all of the country music superstars, his duet with Bill Withers on "Playin the Loser Again" is exceptionally poingant and soulful. Buffett displays surprisingly good vocals in counterpoint to Withers.
Sure, this album is somewhat of a departure from his typically Carribean themed music. But there are enough catchy tunes on this album to keep you humming them all day long. Buffett skillfully mixes slow, beautiful ballads with upbeat country rockers. It makes for a consistently inconsistent album that never stops delivering the goods. (I know that didn't make sense, but it's true.)
And, of course, every Buffett album must have a goofy song. And, following in the proud tradition of such tunes as "Math Suks," "Hokey Pokey," and "I Will Play for Gumbo" is "Simply Complicated," which is certainly one of his most humorous and clever songs. It also has the best ending in the history of popular music. Could you imagine the music video that would come from that? I think Bubba should do it...
All in all, "License to Chill" is simply one of the best efforts the Head Parrot has ever offered up. Laughs, smiles, great instrumentation, great lyrics, great playing, great singing, and great duets make this an essential listen for every Parrothead and every fan of country music.
I have a vast range of music in my collection; everything from classical to showtunes to country to jazz. I know that this latest Jimmy Buffett offering will occupy a perpetual spot in my CD changer.
But putting down Jimmy for this CD, where he tried to do something different instead have keep repeating himself over and over I just don't get. Some of this CD is Great. Some of it is Good. Some of it is I confess just unlistenable. But I'd rather hear an artist like Jimmy trying to do something different and original then what he did last year. What disapponited me were the four live albums that were all almost the same.
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I am thrilled this is out again. Lost my original copy and its one of my Buffett favorites. Great duets. Easy listeningPublished 2 months ago by jkennedy
Great JB listening. This one has a very definite country leaning with some of the old time country greats.Published 6 months ago by CAKelly