They say ”Write what you know,” so Kenny Chesney’s co-written a batch of songs focused on his preoccupation with sailing the Caribbean; it’s a slightly more commercial sequel to 2005’s similarly mellow and nautical Be as You Are. Lucky Old Sun feels encouragingly personal for Chesney — particularly ”Way Down Here,” written in the wake of his 2005 divorce, which sadly advocates a retreat to seafaring as an escape from landlocked heartbreak. But some other songs about zoning out and Zenning out in the sun lack that honest tension.
Kenny Chesney may title his 12th album after the pop standard that he sings here with Willie Nelson, but don't mistake Lucky Old Sun for his Stardust. Chesney is tipping his hat not to the Great American Songbook but the great ball in the sky, the one that shines on beaches from coast to coast, with the Gulf of Mexico being a particular favorite in his book. Lucky Old Sun is designed to be a soundtrack to laid-back afternoons on warm sand, which by now is very familiar territory for Chesney in his personal and professional life.