October 1, 2010
New Albums: Kenny Chesney and Eric Clapton
Kenny Chesney – Hemingway’s Whiskey
I’ll start off by saying, I like the title of Kenny Chesney’s new album! I’m a literary nerd, so any reference to one of the great American authors is OK by me. Back to Chesney: Hemingway’s Whiskey is his 12th studio album since 1994, not including holiday albums or compilation albums. Whenever he releases new albums and singles, he dominates the US Country Billboard charts. His last six albums have all reached #1 on the country albums charts, and five out of those six have reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 200.
Chesney has sold over 17 million albums in the United States alone, so I’m sure Hemingway’s Whiskey will be just as successful for the 42-year-old Tennessee native. The new album contains eleven new tracks, including one that fits the title of the whole album, “Hemingway’s Whiskey.” I’m going to guess he won’t be using that song as a single, though. Actually, the first single he has chosen off the album, “The Boys of Fall,” has already reached #1 on the US Country charts.
The songs are slow and solemn and moody (much like Hemingway’s books; what a coincidence). They are all easy to listen to, and he’s got that great country twang in his voice. If you like country music, you’ll like this album. Check it out!
Eric Clapton – Clapton
Talk about one of the greatest artists in the music industry today: Eric Clapton is ranked in most music magazines’ lists of the greatest guitarists of all-time, and he is a great singer as well. Can’t go wrong with this guy. Though he is probably most known for his vocals and the songs “Tears in Heaven” and “I Shot the Sheriff,” he’s often recognized as being a much better guitarist and composer.
Believe it or not, Clapton is Clapton’s 20th studio album in his solo career alone. He has about 35 other live, compilation, and group albums floating around since 1966. Unbelievable.
Claptoon contains fifteen new tracks, and I don’t really know if I can pick a favorite. His vocals are always spot-on (gotta love his raspy voice) and his guitar skills are even better. If I had to choose, maybe I’d pick “River Runs Deep” and “Diamonds Made From Rain.” And of course, “Autumn Leaves” is always a classic. If I had to pick one that seemed to be out-of-the-ordinary for Clapton I’d pick “When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful.” It’s not bad; it just sounds more like Randy Newman than Eric Clapton.
Check out Clapton today! Can’t miss.
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