Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. To Chesney's credit, he's as appealing on this set of relaxed tunes as he was on its gleaming, ultra-modern predecessor, and taken together, they are strong proof that he's one of best singers and songwriters working in contemporary country music in the mid-'00s.
  2. Be As You Are is plenty pretty, but aside from the mildly Caribbean-flavored "Guitars and Tiki Bars," it sounds like Chesney's drummer never got back from fetching the Coronas.
  3. If he cut the middle out and made it an EP, Kenny Chesney’s Be As You Are would be a classic.
  4. Trouble is, Chesney, who wrote or cowrote all 13 tracks, ended up with enough material for only half a record, and then repeated many of his ideas.
  5. Not surprisingly, the music is heavy on acoustic guitars and steel drums, light on powerhouse percussion, making for a musical tour as relaxing as a ride in a hammock strung between two palm trees. And about as uneventful. [23 Jan 2005]
  6. 80
    The tone of these literate tunes remains as light as Chesney's singing of them stays soulful. [Mar 2005, p.136]
  7. His sun-baked characters... are too lazy to be interesting. [28 Jan 2005, p.85]
  8. The new album, "Be as You Are", is the most laid-back of Mr. Chesney's career, and one of the most appealing. [24 Jan 2005]

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