Single Review: “Better As A Memory” by Kenny Chesney
Kenny releases his fourth single from his latest album, “Just Who I Am: Poets And Pirates”, which is actually derived from a line in the song itself. Kenny slows it down a bit to bring out one of his most honorable attributes, his peaceful and powerful emotional style vocals. This song is particularly unique in that it’s in the point of view of a man who is explaining to a woman that his lifestyle and just him as a person is much better as a memory because he knows that he’s not good enough under any logic to be her man. You can hear a nice sense of sincerity and power in his performance that mixes well with the song that leaves not tears, but more a sense of understanding.
Where this song faults is in its writing. It is a nice song, nice moral, sincere purpose, very relative given the appropriate situation, but kinda thrown around. The mention of Pirates in the song, while it furthers the personality conflict in the main character, is kinda out there. It is possible that the song was written this way just because it’s Kenny singing it, but still it’s a little thrown around.