“Welcome to the Fishbowl”
Release Date: Tuesday
Rating: ★★ (out of four)
In the liner notes, Kenny Chesney writes that he wants this album, which he called his “most emotional” yet, to reflect where he’s at in his life.
Somebody get this guy a hug.
“Welcome to the Fishbowl” sure is emotional with sad songs about Alzheimer’s and family, a rant about celebrity culture, sad songs about reigniting old love and plenty more.
Sure, there’s some celebratory tunes, too. “Feel Like a Rock Star,” a duet with Tim McGraw, is the perfect dance-on-top-of-the-bar song even if it’s a bit cheesy.
“Welcome to the Fishbowl” has the party vibe some Chesney fans will be looking for, but a closer look at the lyrics reveals it’s a rant against paparazzi, celebrities and a culture that glorifies everyone’s 15 minutes of fame.
As with Chesney’s last album, only a few songs (those previously mentioned as well as “To Get To You” and “I’m a Small Town”) really stand out while the rest will be skipped the second time you listen to the album. I wonder if Chesney, his producers and/or his label are aware of this since they tacked on a live version of his latest hit, “You and Tequila,” onto the end of the album.
— Kevin Coffey