Really though, he's mostly not much of either a composer or a rapper. He gets a lot of artistic credit because he's black and mad, but neither one of those attributes is evidence of musical achievement. He's got some pretty good skills as an arranger and producer, but there are precious few memorable songs on his albums. All the clever production tricks in the world don't mean squat if they're just dressing up a turd sandwich. He did create "Gold Digger," so I'll give him credit for one outstanding pop song. That still doesn't make him Jesus or a respectable adult, however.
Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates is the 13th album by Kenny Chesney. For being a big star, I cannot recall or even recognize a single song title on his hits album. Wasn't he married to somebody famous once or something? Then I looked at the album cover and it came back to me. Ah yes, he's that country singer with the cowboy hat. Unlike on previous albums though, he apparently had no hand in the writing of any of these songs. Maybe some outside help has conjured up a memorable tune in here somewhere.
Kurt Cobain: About a Son is the soundtrack for a documentary movie consisting largely of interviews he did with journalist Michael Azerrad. The soundtrack album has NO Cobain music, however. It consists of a curious sounding hodgepodge of not obviously related artists including Arlo Guthrie, Leadbelly, David Bowie, and the Butthole Surfers.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new releases, courtesy AMG:
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam Domino
Free Folk, Psychedelic Pop, Experimental Rock
Frank Black Bluefinger Cooking Vinyl
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Kenny Chesney Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates RCA
50 Cent Curtis Shady/Aftermath/Interscope
East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap
Go Team Proof of Youth [Bonus Disc] Sub Pop
Indie Rock, Indie Electronic
Joe Henry Civilians Anti
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop