March 24, 2008
Okay, we get it. Kenny Chesney is too conflicted and free spirited to settle down. Just in case we ever doubted his commitment to staying in the singles club, here’s one more song to convince us.
He gives this woman many reasons to show that he’s “better as a memory than [her] man.” The list of reasons or excuses simply seems to boil down to the possibility that he either consciously or subconsciously sabotages his relationships. The fact that he hasn’t been able to settle down is not the problem with this song; that’s his right and does not make him less of a person. The issue with these lyrics is that he unsuccessfully attempts to seem deep or complicated, which, instead, just makes him seem arrogant and self-tortured.
While the lyrics may be somewhat self-indulgent, the production is nice and Kenny’s vocals are spot on. These important factors will make this song easy to listen to.
Written by Scooter Carusoe & Lady Goodman
Listen: Better as a Memory
Buy: Better as a Memory