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Single Review: “Better As A Memory” by Kenny Chesney

March 20, 2008

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.

Grade: B-

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Judi permalink
    March 20, 2008 3:07 pm

    This is my favorite song from Kenny’s “Poets and Pirates” CD. Nobody sings a ballad quite like Kenny. I think this is the most personal song on the album. The mention of a pirate in the lyrics hits home with any of Kenny’s fans. Kenny calls “us” his fans pirates and he is the captain of the pirate ship. Kenny’s life of touring, almost nonstop throughout the year (keg shows, awards shows, summer tour that runs from April through September) would make it difficult for him to establish any sort of lasting relationship a woman. So, in a sense he really is probably “Better As A Memory” than as your man, as the lyrics state. Still….. most of us would like to see Kenny married and with kids – hopefully some day this will happen for him.

  2. Sylvia permalink
    March 22, 2008 2:43 am

    This is a great song from a great CD. Anyone who has seen Kenny live will understand what he means by these lyrics. I, too, hope that he can settle down someday, but some men just aren’t made for that. Still, it’s hard to believe that he’s almost 40 (on March 26th)! I signed an e-card for him to let him know how much he means to me at:
    http://www.squidnote.com/c/arRlAFJS2ye

  3. cowboybleau permalink*
    March 26, 2008 1:58 am

    I agree Judi, Kenny deserves a good woman in his life. was actually shocked when him and Renee were annuled, they seemed happy enough.

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