Kenny Chesney really is at his best when he's telling a story -- preferably a heart-wrenching one in an acoustic ballad. On "Welcome to the Fishbowl" (BNA), Chesney delivers so many touching ballads with so much success that he needs the larger-than-life rockers for balance. Between the poignant ballad "While He Still Knows Who I Am," about a son returning home to visit his sick father, and the stunning, bittersweet love song "To Get to You (55th and 3rd)," we need some tequila, sunsets and a bit of barhopping to stave off depression. "Fishbowl" will surprise many a Chesney-hater with its heart and its artistry.
"Welcome to the Fishbowl"
THE GRADE B+
BOTTOM LINE Finding more inspiration in Coldplay and Buffett than country