The Road and the Radio
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Street Release Date: 11/08/2005

After the sort of year that Kenny Chesney has experienced--from a whirlwind courtship through a short-lived marriage--a guy needs some time to chill. Thus it's no surprise that The Road and the Radio finds the party-hearty country hunk in an uncommonly introspective mood. The soul-searching title track establishes the album's intimacy and theme of taking stock, sustained through the bittersweet balladry of "Who You'd Be Today," "In a Small Town," "Freedom," and "Like Me." Though Chesney only wrote one track here, "Beer in Mexico," he invests the rest with personal conviction. Even the comparatively hard-rocking "Living in Fast Forward" has a reflective twist to it, while the Caribbean lilt of "Tequila Loves Me" has more than a measure of melancholy. Whatever the effects of romantic travails on his personal life, his music has gained some emotional depth. --Don McLeese

Customer Reviews:

  • Between Buffett and Mellencamp
    I came to Kenny Chesney through his Be As You Are album of Jimmy Buffett-like songs (in subject matter anyway) that he wrote while on his boat in the Caribbean. I'm a huge Buffett fan and loved that album which came out in January of 2005. This album is the follow-up that came out in November of the same year. It still has plenty of "fun in the sun" subject matter with songs like Summertime, Beer In Mexico, and Tequila Loves Me (another song about Mexico), but if anything, this album has everything that the "rock music", and I use that term losely, of today is missing: great song writting, great playing, rocking guitar solos, and SOUL. I call it a mix of Jimmy Buffett and John Mellencamp. Yes, Kenny Chesney is supposed to be Country, but this albulm is as much Rock, in classic Southern style, as it Country....more info
  • Another wonderful CD from that East Tennessee Boy!
    While lacking the truly personal feel of "Be As You Are," "The Road and the Radio" still captures Kenny well. Some of the best tracks on the CD are the title track, "Like Me," and "Small Town." I personally liked that Kenny addressed each song in the liner notes--giving a little bit of insight into why he chose to record that particular song. I greatly appreciate that little bit of extra information! It makes the CD truly reflect the artist, even though he only wrote/co-wrote two of the eleven songs on the CD. Definitely a plus to the MP3 player and car collection of CDs!!! Great job Kenny!...more info
    this CD is one of the best CD'S that i have ever heard. normally on CD'S i skip around from song to song but on this one i can listen straight through. Kenny takes me to a place where i can just relax and have no worries. ...more info
  • Kenny Chesney- Road & Radio
    What a great CD! I just have it play over and over in the car. My favorite song is #7- Beer in Mexico- but they are all good. This is a nice collection of songs that you hear being played now on the radio even though the cd is a from a couple of years ago. The teen agers in the family like it, too. Good value!...more info
  • There is NO bad KC cd!!
    Love it! Love him! Keep on making it real Kenny! ...more info
  • Far and Away his best yet.
    After his last few CD's, I had fallen off the KC bandwagon. The Be As You Are Album did finally grow on me however. But getting back to his country story telling roots, Kenny has delivered his best album to date. I'm a big Country music listener and this CD is one ballad short of being on one of the best albums in years. Sounds a little over the top I know, but front to back, this albums is wonderful. Good stories, heartfelt songs and fun tunes all the while staying with his "remember the good ole days" feel that he puts into every album. I thought When the Sun Goes down was too much FUN and not enough DEPTH, this album is much better. I only wish he had thrown a good ballad on there to crown the disc....more info
  • Incredible!
    Go Kenny! You are a real artist! Keep up the awesome work....more info
  • Superb!
    Everytime Kenny puts an album out it reinforces my admiration for him. If you buy this album, it would be money well spent!...more info
  • Slick, rockin' and very entertaining
    While Chesney's vacation influences can still be heard in his praise of a "Beer in Mexico" and the bleary-eyed sorrow of "Tequila Loves Me," his music has definitely returned from its island retreat. This is a surprisingly hard-rocking album, with blistering electric guitars and punchy horn charts that are sure to rouse arena crowds. But even as he busts out the rowdy material, he retains the self-awareness of his last few albums, no magnified (in listeners' minds at the very least) by his last year's personal tumult.

    Chesney wrote only two of these songs ("The Road and the Radio" and "Beer in Mexico"), but he's pulled together a disc full of material that rings with a full range of melancholy, loneliness, hope and joy. The album opens with a freewheeling spin down blue highways, retreating to the familiar comforts of a musician's gypsy life. David Lee Murphy's "Living in Fast Forward" sings of a performer's mile-a-minute pace and elsewhere Chesney recounts life's ups and downs, including loss, salvation, partings and reunions.

    Buddy Cannon's production is radio friendly, with plenty of crossover guitar and drums, but Chesney's warmth as a country performer is the album's keynote. Like it or not, sawing fiddles and bending steel are no longer the reigning motifs of mainstream country music; what links this music to the genre's past are the lyrical pictures of every day passions - the joys of a summer day, the fealty to small town life, and loves inevitable trevails. Chesney delivers throughout, introspective, passionate, epic, inviting and engaging. [?2005 hyperbolium dot com]...more info
  • The Road and the Radio + Bonus Tracks
    (Sidenote: If the bonus tracks are better than a lot of the songs on the actual CD, why are they not just included as normal tracks? I'm disappointed that not everyone will hear these bonus tracks, because they are AWESOME. I don't get why record companies won't just let you have 15 tracks on an album. They have to cut it off at 11 or 12. There are 15 really good songs here, but most of you will only hear 11 of them, and the 4 bonus tracks will thus never go to radio or have a chance to be heard nationally. That's sad. If you can get a bonus track version of this album, do it. It is well worth it).

    As some of the reviews above have posted, this is definitely not your typical Kenny Chesney album. And for that, I'm somewhat disappointed, but don't think that means it's a bad album. This reminds me more of a Tim McGraw cd. There aren't any poppy songs that seem to be made for the radio; Kenny Chesney used to pack his CD's full of those, and I never minded it. If you look back at all his old records, especially Greatist Hits and NSNSNP, they're a really good split of slow mellow songs, and upbeat, fast paced, loving life type of songs. Well, there's not a single up-beat song on this album, save one, "Living in Fast Forward." The rest of the songs just seem like he's taking his music too seriously, and every song is out there trying to make a statement. Seems like the serious stuff heavily outweighs the fun stuff on this album. This album is great for a long drive when your alone, but it's terrible for a long drive with people. There's hardly anything to smile about, hardly anything to sing and have fun with on this. Everything's serious. But, like I said, that doesn't make this a bad CD. There are plenty of good songs on this CD, and I'd say it's well worth the buy. Just, be prepared, it's not gonna make you wanna hop up and start singing. Here's the breakdown. Also, unlike "When The Sun Goes Down," this album gets better as it goes along. WTSGD hit you over the head with all it's hits in the first 3 songs, then threw in a couple more at tracks 6 & 7, and the rest were all good, but fillers. This song, spreads the singles out, the album songs are better, they flow together more, and seem to have a real purpose to making the album complete. With this one, you won't feel like you've heard all there is to hear after the first 20 minutes or so, you'll want to listen to it beginning to end to get the full effects of the album.

    1. The Road and the Radio (9/10)
    A good start to the CD, safe money this will be released as a single at some point. Seems like he's trying to be very introspective with this song, which isn't surprising since he co-wrote it. Great song.

    2. Living in Fast Forward (3.5/10)
    The less I talk about this song, the better. It's rock and roll, fast paced, and catchy. But, I can't say why, I just don't like it. It's catchy, but it's not good. It sounds like a Toby Keith song, and you should get that vibe right around 13 seconds into the song. But Kenny Chesney can't sing a Toby Keith song. I don't know why he tried. I get the feeling this will be released to radio, and be very popular, and I'll be angry because I hate this song and I'd rather see him release any of the much better songs on this CD.

    3. Who You'd Be Today (9/10)
    A real good song, obviously a really serious song, but everyone already has an opinion on this since it was released pre-album.

    4. You Save Me (9/10)
    And the serious songs just keep going, so far we're at a 3:1 ratio out of the first 4 songs. I enjoy this song very much, I really love the chorus. Love the chorus. Now this song, I'll sing along to. It's just, you know, it's not any fun. But it's definitely a great song. One of the best on the album.

    5. Summertime (9.5/10)
    Finally. FINALLY! A fun song. Not only is it a fun song, but it's a very good song. It's upbeat, it's catchy, I enjoy the chord progression and overall flow of the song very much. Expect this one to be released as a single sometime around late April, early May. And expect it to go to number 1. This is definitely one of the best songs on this CD, and when it's all said and done, will probably be the most popular song on the CD.

    6. In a Small Town (8/10)
    Ok, Summertime was a quick break, it's time to go back to the slow stuff. But don't think this is a serious song, it's not. There is a word that perfectly describes it though: Mellow. It's definitely enjoyable, and a quality album song. It will never be put on the radio, but it's one of those songs that makes this not just a "CD" but rather an "Album." Hopefully you know what I mean. This is probably the first song on this album that an 18 year old with an acoustic guitar and a taste for good music will want to learn. Quality.

    7. Beer in Mexico (9/10)
    Ok, something coming in to pick up the pace a little bit. This song you'll sing to, guaranteed. It's well written, it's a much needed break in pace, and it's fun. The more I listen to this song, the more I like it. I don't know if it'll ever be a single, but hopefully he'll put this on his concert tour, because this is too good of a song to never push.

    8. Freedom (6.5/5)
    Heaven forbid that we can string together a couple of fun songs. Here Chesney is trying to sing about how Freedom can be different to different people. He sings through the eyes of a father, a soldier, etc, and how they all want "freedom." I enjoy this song, but not too much. It's one of those songs that, well here's how I'd describe it: It's serious, and yes it does happen to touch on soldiers and war and how they fight for our freedom. So, you feel obligated to like it, because of what the song focuses on. But to be honest, I just don't like this song too much. When I put this in my CD player, I won't be skipping tracks to hear this song first, that's all I'll say about it.

    9. Tequila Loves Me (7.5/10)
    A real melow song about a guy (or a gal, i guess it isn't really sex specific) who loves someone else but isn't loved back. So of course, Tequila loves me, even if you don't. Brilliant. A really chill song, but not anything to write home about. I enjoy it though.

    10. Somebody Take Me Home (10/10)
    Ok. You've been waiting for me to say what is the best song on the album? Here it is. By far. This one is just an amazing song. It is not country. It is closer to rock. But to be honest, it's genreless, because Chesney can't sing rock. The song is written like a really great rock song, but Chesney of course sings it with all the twang you'd want out of country. It's brilliant, it's well done. It's well written. Everything about this song is spectacular. One of my favorite Chesney songs. You'll hear it on the radio, you'll hear it on his tour. This one is worth the price of the album in itself. He was saving the best for last on this album apparently. I like it.

    11. Like Me (8.5/10)
    A real good song. I thouraghly enjoy it. Like most everything else here, it's slow paced, it's well written, and it's very good. It's just, not addicting. But it's still very good.

    Review of Normal CD: 9/10
    and to make my point further ...
    Number of Slow Songs: 7
    Number of Upbeat Songs: 4
    That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's just not what I expected/hoped for.

    Bonus Tracks:

    12. Brandy, You're A Fine Girl (9/10)
    This song is awesome. It's not Chesney sounding at all, but it's an amazing song. I love the flow of this song, the way it's sung, just, you have to find a way to hear this song. It really grows on you in a big way. This would never make radio or anything, but it's the best "album" song on this entire CD. It's amazing catchy, it's just got a great positive flow to it, and it really makes you wanna just sing along to it. I just can't believe this is a bonus track, everytime it comes on I just get incredibly happy.

    13. In This Boat Alone (9.5/10)
    This is my favorite slow song on this whole album. It's a song about not wanting to end up alone. The song has a great beat to it, it's really chill, I love this song. How it's a bonus, I'll never understand ...

    14. Flip Flop Summer (9/10)
    I wish this would replace Living in Fast Forward on the regular tracks. It's much much better. The beat is addicting. The song is catchy. You'll wanna have this playing when you're driving off in the summer. Awesome song, this one could even make radio in the summertime. Again, in disbelief this isn't a regular track.

    15. Old Bird Dog (9.5/10)
    I love this song. It talks about how things can go bad and you can have a bad day, but then don't get too mad, because life is great, and it's worth living and loving. A really great song. This is one of the best on the album, it's a shame nobody will hear it....more info
  • Good CD
    Not my favorite Chesney CD, but is a good one to have in a collection....more info
  • awesome classic kenny
    This Road and the Radio is awesome, classic Kenny Chesney! The country crooner is better than ever, on top of his game, and showing no sign of slowing down. Listening to this album you feel like you're on a beach in an old, blue chair, as Kenny likes to say. Kenny Chesney is classic here. Kenny Chesney's tunes are great. Into Kenny Chesney these days, yes, and Corinna Fugate, she's a gothic beauty who sings like the night depends on it....more info
  • Okay cd...
    This cd is good, but certainly not one of my favorites of Kenny's. I could have done without owning this one....more info
  • Great CD!
    This is my first Kenny Chesney CD that I own (although I borrowed Me and You, and No Shoes No Shirt No Problems from the library; those are great too). This is a CD you can listen to all the way through, which isn't something most people can do with most CDs. My favorite songs are "Who You'd Be Today" (a sad ballad) and "Living in Fast Forward" (it has a rock sound to it, which is why I like it).
    I like that Kenny wrote about each song in the liner notes. For example, "Tequila Loves Me" was originally recorded for "When the Sun Goes Down" album, but didn't make it onto that album and wasn't a good fit for "Be as You Are". It's a bit corny, but I still like it. He also says that his favorite song on the album is "Like Me". I can understand why after listening to it, it's a great closing song, and Kenny's way of saving the best for last....more info
  • kenny buffet or kenny chesney
    This cd isn't really all that bad, problem is, the songs all sound the same. There are a couple that are fairly catchy but nothing really that jumps out in terms of music or lyrical content. Basically it seems like Kenny has begun a recycling operation so we will see what he puts out on the next album....more info
  • Love it!!!!
    This CD has a different sound from Sun goes down CD. Its a great road trip disc. I love it....more info
    The latest Chesney album, The Road and the Radio is decent. Just decent. Average. Nothing too spectacular. Another word I would use is mediocre. This album is not what should be considered a country album. It has more of a rock type feel to it. Kind of like John Mellencamp meets Jimmy Buffet. After his previous albums with the exception of Be as You Are, I expected a little bit more from Kenny on this album. His other albums had at least a country feel to them. Not so for this one. The top songs are the title track, 'Who You'd Be Today', 'In a Small Town', 'Beer in Mexico' 'Tequila Loves Me' and 'Freedom'. Overall, this one is not up to snuff with "When the Sun Goes Down" or "No Shoes No Shirt No Problems" but if this is the first Kenny Chesney album you buy, you shouldn't be that disappointed. A word of advice though to Chesney from his more hard core country base is to make the next album a little more on the country side like some of his previous efforts. ...more info
  • Excellent
    The Road and the Radio

    Three time entertainer of the year; Kenny Chesney, from country music television recently announced his release date for The Road and the Radio following his previous island style album Be As You Are, Song's From An Old Blue Chair. With The Road and the Radio differing from Be As You Are because of the faster paced party songs and the electrifying guitars; the songs that really get the crowd going and enjoy another beer with, The Road and the Radio is sure to be a success. Where Be As You Are was more of the laid back acoustic style album, in which Kenny Chesney wrote all of his songs while vacationing in his Caribbean getaway in the Virgin Islands. All of the songs off of that album are about the sun and the sand and of course the alcoholic beverages to occupy the sunny weather. The Road and the Radio really mixes it up with all types of feelings, not just about the warm weather and the tropical breeze, but with some of the struggles in life that the listener can really relate to and keep in their heart. Kenny Chesney rocked the crowds last year and the crowd fed off of all of his energy. With Kenny Chesney's new album out, he will rock the crowd ever harder; he finished last year's tour with a lot of momentum and that's just going to improve. With the party songs, the crowd pleasers, and the deep slow love ballads Be As You Are is potentially the greatest album Kenny Chesney will release so far in his career.
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  • The old Kenny is back!!!
    Kenny Chesney started out as a great country artist but over the last 3 albums he seemed to take a detour through Margaritaville leaving his country fans to hope that he was still on his way to his next country show. After hearing his latest release 'The Road and the Radio' it looks like the old Kenny is back. There are a couple songs that talk about sand and/or sun but they don't have the island feel that his last 3 albums have had. Personally I'm not a Jimmy Buffett fan so music that resembles it hasn't been my cup of tea. I thoroughly enjoy Kenny's latest work. If you're like me and you missed the old country Kenny you'll enjoy this cd. If you became a fan of Kenny's from his last 3 releases or you liked them better, I still think you'll like this release as while the sound may be more country, the feel is still laid back. Overall 5 stars and I feel an album all of his fans will enjoy....more info
  • A GREAT CD !
  • The Road and the Radio
    This is the first and only Kenny Chesney CD I ever purchased...loved the songs...I think it may be one of his best from what I have heard in the past. LMR...more info
  • Somebody Take Me Home
    pssst here's a secret:

    "Somebody Take Me Home" wasn't written by Kenny. This song is a cover of Randy Rogers Band - "Can't Somebody Take Me Home". Download that song, as well as all other Randy Rogers Band songs.. you won't be disappointed....more info
  • Not the best Kenny
    I was disappointed in this CD. The songs all sound the same. I'm a huge Kenny fan and own all of his other CD's--this is not like the Kenny Chesney I listen to almost every day. They only good song is Living in Fast Forward--but that is still a pretty typical Kenny Chesney sounding song. After listening to the CD three times I found myself skipping through tracks!...more info
  • Good. But Not As Good as the Past
    This is a really good album but it is not quite as good as his previous 3 Albums. If you are a die hard Kenny fan you should go buy the album but if just like the singles, download them from itunes for .99 cents. For someone who is not a Kenny fan go buy the Quadruple Platinum "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" and you soon will be....more info
  • Kenny Chesney: what a sound!

    Traditional country he's not. That doesn't seem to stop Kenny Chesney, though. With a definite and decisive beat (lots of them), Mr. Chesney continues to "be as he is" and strikes yet another home run with "The Road and the Radio," his latest hot (and hottie!) CD. Some music lovers question the lack of original lyrics by Kenny, but ultimately it's the SOUND we hear that's important, not the author of the words.

    Definitely continuing in his inimical style--well, to a point--Chesney doesn't look back (except in his lyrics!) and marches to his own drummers (and full band) in clearly and decisively declaring his own identity and trademark. In-your-face country with a back beat (that even impresses Chuck Berry), Kenny's musical odyssey continues like Sherman to Atlanta (but without the after effects of that other campaign!). And who needs Rene for this?

    Traditionalists (and even country purists), of course, continue to roll their eyes at the turn of "their" music, arguing (perhaps rightfully so) that the likes of Chesney, Twain, Dixie Chicks, even Garth are merely mutants headed in obscene directions, but the fans, who aren't so set in their ways, don't mind. When Kenny sings, "Won't somebody take me home," the general public--or at least this reviewer--responds with a resounding YES! Go, Kenny, go! (

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