There’s an essential truth forming the foundation of Kenny Chesney’s new single: we all want to go to Heaven, but we don’t want to go today. I enjoyed the lyric, which I initially dismissed as a slow-paced retread of “Living in Fast Forward”, but eventually slipped in a little satire about church collections.
What holds this record back is the production. The calypso trimmings used to be a distinctive trademark of Kenny Chesney records, but by now, they’re a crutch. It’s a feel that doesn’t the song, and it brings down the entire record.
Listen: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven