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Rockin You Tonight
Genres: Country, Pop
Blaine Larsen's 2005 debut revealed a talented 19-year-old whose passionate delivery and traditionalist bent belied his youth. At 20, those assets remain intact. After a bracing start with the witty Tejano-flavored "I Don'... more »
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Blaine Larsen's 2005 debut revealed a talented 19-year-old whose passionate delivery and traditionalist bent belied his youth. At 20, those assets remain intact. After a bracing start with the witty Tejano-flavored "I Don't Know What She Said," he delivers "Let Alone You" in homage to his longtime hero George Strait (who had first dibs on recording the song). The acerbic humor and furious, careening arrangement of "No Woman" is balanced by the thoughtful affirmation of marital fidelity in "I'm in Love with a Married Woman." In Larsen's hands, Mac Davis's 1972 pop hit "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" seems fresh and new. His duet with Gretchen Wilson on "Lips of a Bottle" transcends Music Row's usual "vocal event" gimmickry to recapture the feel of the best George Jones/Tammy Wynette duets. As on the first album, Larsen again reflects maturity beyond his years with the somber social commentary of "Someone Is Me" and the powerfully inspirational "At the Gate." While sophomore efforts are often letdowns, Larsen projects here the same heart, humor, and excellence--perhaps a bit more. --Rich Kienzle
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Great Songs: Things That Move Me
prisrob | New EnglandUSA | 06/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""I just love great songs, things that move me, and they could be about anything, so there's a wide variety of subjects. The music should make me feel something, make you want to cry or get up and dance. Thematically, we explored more adult subjects, and that might be the big thing people notice. I was 16 when I did some of the songs on the last album, and a lot has happened since then." Blaine Larsen talks about his new CD at the ripe old age of 20.
The magic of Blaine Larsen is his rich baritone voice. It is the voice of a much older man, much like his hero George Strait. The songs that Blaine sings are a reflection of his country roots, straight-ahead, traditionalist country. Blaine Larsen is from Washington State, and he developed his country flare from his step-dad. He began singing at an early age and at the age of 16 had his first country CD.
This is the second CD for Blaine Larsen and with his rich voice he finds himself opening for Gretchen Wilson on her "Redneck Redemption Tour"
He also sings with Gretchen Wilson on the song, "Lips of a Bottle". Blaine wrote this song with a friend form Washington state. This duet brings back the feeling of George Jones/ Tammy Wynette.
The first song, is a witty, ditty "I Don't Know What She Said," a song about language differences in Mexico, and it has become a Top Forty on the Country Music Charts.
My favorite song is Mac Davis's 1972 pop hit "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me". It seems fresh and new sung by Blaine Larsen.
"I'm In Love With A Married Woman" gives us a fresh look at love and sung with some sensitivity. He has surprise for us with this one.
He has a somber commentary of "Someone Is Me" and the delivery is sweet.
"At the Gate" is an inspirational tune that talks about his family and friends who have died and he remembers fondly.
This is a CD of note, and one I have listened to several times. He's delivered a terrific album, one that qualifies as a totally unexpected and wholly enjoyable surprise. Blaine Larsen projects heart, humor, and excellence.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 06-18-06
Keep 'em coming
Kim Greer | St. Louis, MO USA | 08/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For a young man, Blaine Larsen has a wonderfully mature voice. This, his second CD, is even better than his first. You won't be disappointed by buying this CD. The CD is shock full of good tunes, unlike most CDs which only have one or two good songs on them."
+1/2 -- Superb 2nd LP from astounding young country talent
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 07/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Larsen's sophomore release disproves the idea that you have the initial years of your life to record a debut, and scramble to put together the follow-up. Not only has his preternaturally mature voice become even more sophisticated, but he convincingly transcends the high-school material of his debut and slips comfortably into songs about dating, relationships and marriage. On raw ability alone -- tone, control, phrasing -- Larsen vaults past the current crop of young Nashville stars to grab your ears with the emotional depth of country music's most iconic voices. He sounds old-school even amid the overly polished performances of Nashville's studio pros, a credit to producers who let him sing unabashedly country.
Highlights include the album's sweetly funny lead single "I Don't Know What She Said," the post-high school John Mellancamp-styled romantic loss of "Rockin' You Tonight," and the Gretchen Wilson duet "Lips of a Bottle." Mac Davis' "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me" uses Larsen's low register to terrific effect, and the socially conscious "Someone is Me," also recently recorded by Kenny Rogers, is a great fit for a 20-year-old. Throughout, Larsen's confidence and natural way with song tempos amplify his natural gifts. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2006 hyperbolium dot com]"