With his last album, the 2004 country-inspired, “License to Chill,” Jimmy Buffett scored his first No. 1 CD of his accomplished and iconic career. So it is no wonder he would revisit the genre on his latest disc “Take the Weather with You.”Continuing with the same vibe that made him famous, “Take the Weather with You” makes you want to grab a suitcase and head down to South Padre Island to sip on hurricanes and margaritas until the sun sets.
The 13-track album features numerous cover songs including Mark Knopfler’s “Whoop de Doo” and my personal favorite track on the CD, “Weather With You” by New Zealand’s Finn Brothers.
When an artist decides to cover a song, he or she must approach it with trepidation. Remakes such as Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” cover of the Dolly Parton-penned song and Aretha Franklin’s rendition of the Otis Redding tune “Respect,” had great success and have made their versions more memorable than the originals. On the flip side, they can end up being purely dreadful such as Jessica Simpson’s attempts at covering “Take my Breath Away” and “These Boots are Made for Walking.” I am happy to say “Weather With You” falls into the former of the two.
While it won’t go down as one of the greatest cover songs ever, Buffett is able to take “Weather” and make the song his own without alienating the fans of the original.
Although Buffett is approaching his 60th birthday, he seems to have hit a new creative high, and fans can only wait to see what he produces in the coming years.
“Take the Weather with You” marks Buffett’s 40th release in 36 years and could easily be considered one of his best ever, although there doesn’t seem to be a song that will be remembered in 20 years such as “Margaritaville” or “Cheeseburger in Paradise.