Tropical troubadour Jimmy Buffett interprets some of his favorite songs and offers up a few new originals.

Tropical troubadour Jimmy Buffett interprets some of his favorite songs and offers up a few new originals. At the same time, he taps into the recent trend of contemporary country singers taking to the beach. He enlists many of them here, including Kenny Chesney on the beachside boogie title cut, Toby Keith on the ornery Will Kimbrough track "Piece of Work," George Strait on a panoramic "Sea of Heartbreak" and Alan Jackson on Guy Clark's magnificent "Boats to Build." Buffet is quite fearless in his choices, from a plucky take on Jerry Garcia's "Scarlet Begonias" to a soulful performance of the Leon Russell classic "Back to the Island." The originals are lightweight ("Simply Complicated") and breezy ("Conky Tonkin' "), though always fun, and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth adds spice throughout.—RW