“Bar at the End of the World”
Written by J.T. Harding, Aimee Mayo, and David Lee Murphy
This would’ve been a great David Lee Murphy record in 1995.
I know why Kenny Chesney keeps recording songs about drinking in beach towns around the world. It’s what he does and it’s what he loves. So it’s strange to hear him sounding rather disconnected singing about them. It’s the same apathy that I heard on “Setting the World On Fire.” Maybe he’s just getting tired of singing about them.
Cosmic Hallelujah has some great moments on it. “Bucket” is clever and hilarious. “Rich and Miserable” is biting social commentary. “Jesus and Elvis” is a Matraca Berg co-write that ranks among her strongest compositions.
Chesney’s best work these days is when he’s expanding the themes of his work instead of revisiting the old standbys. I hope a wider audience gets to hear the stronger material on his latest album.