Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like a Rock Star”

09 Apr

Songwriters:  Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson

The music critic who negatively reviews a Kenny Chesney-Tim McGraw duet basically finds himself in a similar position as the film critics who have bashed the Twilight franchise.  You’re discussing something that’s primarily designed for mass consumption.  You can attempt to evaluate it by its actual artistic merits, but such remain secondary to its massive money-making power.

“Feel Like a Rock Star” is loud, over-the-top, unintelligent, loud, pointless, utterly forgettable, and yes… LOUD!

Is it too much too ask that these two superstar talents give us something to remember on some level other than it just being a duet between Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw that was a huge hit, and that gave them something to perform together on their Brothers of the Sun tour?  Perhaps a song that is reasonably – God forbid – well written?  Or something that at least earns points for being fun and catchy?  Or that does anything more than just banging out the chords and watching the cash pile up?

In summary, couldn’t this musical collaboration have been treated as a form of actual art?

My expectations were modest.  But honestly… they could have tried way harder than this.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Single Reviews


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8 responses to “Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like a Rock Star”

  1. Hoggy from Oz

    April 10, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    You forgot to mention it is loud :P

    Same sentiments here though. Ir makes Paisley’s and Urban’s “Start a Band” look like an absolute classic.

    • bob

      April 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Good point. I liked “start a Band”. In a similar vein, Lonestar had a duet with Randy Owen called “From There to Here”, for me the highlight from a disappointing album in 2004, “Let’s Be Us Again”. The last verse is about starting a band and begins, “Four boys, lotsa noise, two car garage, hey turn those guitars down.”
      Have to agree with Ben’s rating for this Chesney-McGraw mess.

  2. JPuck

    April 11, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    This is more of a 1/10

  3. rowdyred

    April 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    It just reinforces my opinion that these are the two luckiest guys in the genre. Both superstars have had several great singles – and about four times more that are just crappy radio filler. If only their duet could have been one of the greats, instead of one of the crappies (no offense to the fine fish of same name).

  4. I Made You A Mixtape

    April 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I know… I am SO DISAPPOINTED with this single… I love Tim and Kenny…. them being my two favourite country artists of all time… this is just flat as a pancake… and has a very unpleasant taste of “cashing in”. Seriously, in all of Nashville, they could not find a better song than this?!?
    ps- love your blog by the way! have subscribed… I am forever deprived of country music here in the UK, looking forward to discovering music through your blog!

    • Ben Foster

      April 24, 2012 at 3:35 AM

      Thanks! So glad you’ve decided to join the party!

  5. Minky Dil

    May 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    B.F.”But honestly… they could have tried way harder than this.”
    Why?…. they don’t have to.

  6. rowdyred

    May 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Well, there’s the little matter of self-respect, and the mind-numbing tedium of singing sh*t like this nightly for months on end. Were these guys ever actually artists?


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