Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)

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Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
Studio album by Kenny Chesney
Released January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
Recorded June 29, 2004 (2004-06-29)
Genre Country, Gulf and Western
Length 55:07
Label BNA
Producer Buddy Cannon
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney chronology
When the Sun Goes Down
(2004)When the Sun Goes Down2004
Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
The Road and the Radio
(2005)The Road and the Radio2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (63/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
BBC Music (average)[4]
Blender 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[1]
People 2/4 stars[6]
Plugged In (unfavorable)[7]
Robert Christgau (dud)[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine B−[10]

Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair) is the ninth studio album by country music singer Kenny Chesney, released on January 25, 2005. It was a #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album's opening track was originally recorded by Chesney on his When the Sun Goes Down album. This album was intended by Chesney to be a side project, and it produced no singles, although "Guitars and Tiki Bars" reached number 53 on the Hot Country Songs charts based on unsolicited airplay.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Old Blue Chair" Kenny Chesney 3:24
2. "Be as You Are" Chesney, Dean Dillon 4:19
3. "Guitars and Tiki Bars" Chesney, Dillon, Mark Tamburino 4:36
4. "Island Boy" Chesney, Phil Vassar, Tamburino 3:56
5. "Somewhere in the Sun" Daryl Hobb, Tim Holly, Danny Tucker, Chesney 4:45
6. "Boston" Chesney, Tamburino 4:16
7. "Something Sexy About the Rain" Chesney, Skip Ewing 5:24
8. "French Kissing Life" Chesney 4:02
9. "Key Lime Pie" Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, Chesney 4:40
10. "Sherry's Living in Paradise" Chesney, Clayton Mitchell 3:20
11. "Magic" Chesney 4:40
12. "Soul of a Sailor" Chesney, Dillon, Scotty Emerick 4:14
13. "Old Blue Chair" (ocean mix) Chesney 3:31
Total length: 55:07


As listed in liner notes[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Preceded by
The Documentary by The Game
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 6, 2005 - February 12, 2005
Succeeded by
The Documentary by The Game
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Shania Twain
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 12–25, 2005
Succeeded by
Totally Country Vol. 4 by Various Artists
Preceded by
Totally Country Vol. 4 by Various Artists
Top Country Albums number-one album
March 5–11, 2005
Succeeded by
Feels Like Today by Rascal Flatts
Preceded by
Feels Like Today by Rascal Flatts
Top Country Albums number-one album
March 26 - April 1, 2005
Succeeded by
Kerosene by Miranda Lambert


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum


  1. ^ a b c Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ BBC Music review
  5. ^ Marino, Nick (2005-01-28). "Be as You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair Review". Entertainment Weekly: 85. Retrieved 2013-04-10. 
  6. ^ People review
  7. ^ Plugged In review Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ Stylus Magazine review Archived June 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Be As You Are (Songs From an Old Blue Chair) (Media notes). Kenny Chesney. BNA Records. 2004. BNA82876-61530-2. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Kenny Chesney – Be as You Are". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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