Single Review: Kenny Chesney, "Ain’t Back Yet"


Country superstar Kenny Chesney had a streak of four number one hits going before it came to an end when his last single, “I’m Alive,” failed to make the top five. Can he get back to the peak position of the charts with his new single “Ain’t Back Yet?”

On his newest single, Chesney reverts back to his old country rock style he’s all but ignored the past couple years. His most recent country rock inspired song was 2005’s “Living in Fast Forward” which went number one. In my opinion, this style better suits his voice than the recent beachy, island vibe he’s been topping the charts with.

On this song, penned by Craig Wiseman and Chris Thompkins, Chesney finds himself singing about some of life’s experiences that have gotten him where he is now. Though the song is a perfect fit for Chesney, his vocal performance feels a bit forced and he doesn’t seem fully invested in the song. The production is actually very good and unfortunately brings even more focus on the lackluster vocal.

With 21 career number ones, it’s obvious that Kenny Chesney has a strength in choosing radio friendly songs. In fact, the last Chesney single that failed to peak inside the top 10 was back in 1999 when “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” peaked at number eleven. So even when he isn’t at his best, which he clearly isn’t here, its all but guaranteed this will be another chart topping hit for the superstar.

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