“Setting the World On Fire”
Kenny Chesney featuring P!nk
Written by Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins and Josh Osborne
Odd how a song about “Setting the World On Fire” is completely lacking in spark.
Chesney is visiting a theme he’s done well in the past: nostalgia for the partying and romancing of days gone by, best exemplified by “Anything But Mine” but done well in several other hit singles, too.
And he’s got P!nk helping him out, and she’s one of the best pop vocalists of the past twenty years. Her vocal is great, but the contrast with Chesney’s processed one makes it sound like she’s all warmth and he’s all distance. That undercuts the premise of the duet, which is supposed to make us believe they’re both yearning for that time they shared together long ago.
If P!nk is going to start recording country music, I’m all for it. There’s nothing particularly country about this record, of course. If I didn’t know Chesney’s voice so well, I’d think she was doing a favor for some struggling musician friend of hers trying to crack the Adult Top 40 Market. But I’d love to hear P!nk’s take as both a singer and songwriter on the genre. It would be great.
I don’t want to hear this again, though. What a disappointing collaboration between two artists who when brought together, are somehow less than the sum of their own parts.