Cosmic Hallelujah

Cosmic Hallelujah

by Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney


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Kenny Chesney initially planned his 17th studio album to be a set with the Mellencamp-esque title Some Town Somewhere, but as the album drew closer to its scheduled summer 2016 release, the singer/songwriter decided to revise the record, turning it into Cosmic Hallelujah. Some of the earlier album survives -- "Some Town Somewhere" opens up the second side -- but Cosmic Hallelujah is a decidedly different album than its predecessor, the 2014 set The Big Revival. Much of Cosmic Hallelujah pivots off of the big singalong "American Kids" -- the Shane McAnally co-write that was added to the album at the last minute -- and Chesney also uses the P!nk duet "Setting the World on Fire" as his lodestar, choosing to fill the album with rhythmically savvy country songs that could easily slide onto adult contemporary airwaves. More than that, Chesney chooses to load this album up with songs about the modern condition: "Noise" explicitly tackles the digital overload of the 21st century, while "Trip Around the Sun" opens up the album with a nod to climate change, and "Rich and Miserable" claims that "too much is never too much," an admission that materialism is a dead end. Perhaps Chesney is searching for meaning in his middle age, perhaps he's simply attempting to tap into the shifting zeitgeist -- certainly Cosmic Hallelujah takes the percolating country R&B of Sam Hunt into full account -- but the remarkable thing about the album is that it feels simultaneously restless and faithful, with music that stays true to his buoyant hits as it taps into the melancholy undercurrents that flow through his quiet albums. Cosmic Hallelujah veers toward happy but the subtext can be sad: Chesney recognizes the world is changing, so he does his best to hang on to the things that matter to him, while allowing himself to embrace over-saturated modernity. It seems like it'd be a tricky balance, but the nifty thing about Cosmic Hallelujah is that it plays as if it's a passion project: Chesney is determined to connect with his times without abandoning himself, and the result is one of his best records.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2016
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888751803725
catalogNumber: 518037
Rank: 168425

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Chesney   Primary Artist
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums,cowbell
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Michael Rojas   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
F. Reid Shippen   Wurlitzer
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
David Huff   Percussion
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Tres

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Nick Brophy   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Kenny Chesney   Composer,Producer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
John X. Volaitis   Vocal Engineer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Brett James   Composer
F. Reid Shippen   Programming
Tony Castle   Engineer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Allison Moorer   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Eric Legg   Engineer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Hayes Carll   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
David Huff   Programming
Ross Copperman   Composer
Matt Jenkins   Composer
Heather Morgan   Composer
Jesse Frasure   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
J.T. Harding   Composer
Nicolle Galyon   Composer
Theresa Ferrin   Package Layout
Jason Domnach   Engineer

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