Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
A few new wrinkles mark this attempt to elevate Blake Shelton from promising hitmaker into the upper echelon of country hunks. While veteran producer Bobby Braddock, who has previously served as Shelton's studio mentor, ha... more »
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A few new wrinkles mark this attempt to elevate Blake Shelton from promising hitmaker into the upper echelon of country hunks. While veteran producer Bobby Braddock, who has previously served as Shelton's studio mentor, handles four tracks, Brent Rowan and Paul Worley give more edge and sheen to some of the others. The closing "The Last Country Song," an anti-sprawl anthem, features brief cameos from George Jones and Jon Anderson. And Shelton collaborates on the writing of three key tracks, including the harder-rocking, hicker-than-thou "This Can't Be Good," the kickoff track. Yet Shelton's strength remains his ability to balance romantic balladry--such as "I Don't Care," which employs the same phone-call reversal as his "Austin" breakthrough"--with good-ol'-boy honky-tonk ("The More I Drink"). And his rendition of Chris Knight's "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me" highlights the selection of consistently strong material. --Don McLeese
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That's "Pure Blake Shelton," not...well, you know.
DanD | 05/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PURE BS is probably Blake Shelton's best album to date. I say this as an individual who was there from the beginning; I gobbled up his first record, scars and bruises and all, and it left me wanting more. Two other albums helped propel him to a point where his name is recognized, although he is not yet a consistent hit-maker (despite his superb talent, many of his songs flounder on the charts for reasons unknown). PURE BS, thanks to two new producers (although, fortunately, Bobby Braddock is still on-board), promises to launch Shelton into the stardom he deserves.
The album kicks off with a Shelton co-write, "This Can't Be Good," probably the best song he's recorded yet to showcase his quirky sense of humor (when he declares before the solo "Stay tuned," you're already on the edge of your seat, wondering what happens next). The rest of the album mixes balladry with honky-tonk; "Dont Make Me" is a great pop ballad; "I Don't Care" is a great traditional ballad; and "Back There Again," a gut-wrenching number by Tom Douglas, is somewhere in between. Shelton gives two of his finest vocal performances on "Back There Again" and "I Have Been Lonely." His rendition of Chris Knight's "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me" is infectious, as is the closing anthem, "The Last Country Song" (cameos by George Jones and Jon Anderson are enjoyable, but not necessary). Shelton's rendition of another cover, "She Don't Love Me" (both Billy Ray Cyrus and Trent Willmon have recorded this tune in recent history) is decent, though it lacks the power of the two afore-mentioned versions.
Overall, PURE BS is indeed pure Blake Shelton. It's funny, it's sad, it's dramatic, it's laid back--it's a modern country album by an individual who knows his roots and is proud of them. Blake Shelton makes no compromises, delivers the music he knows he can sing, and he is bound to be a star someday. And with a title like PURE BS, and great music like this, this album is bound to put him there."
You won't skip a single song.
Emily Bettevy | Lafayette, Louisiana | 05/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You might say I'm biased because I am proud to call myself a BSer (a Blake Shelton Fanclub member) but I will write this with as little bias as possible.
I rarely come across a cd where every song is a good one. You won't skip a single song on this cd, unlike his first three cd's which all had a few "so-so" songs.
Blake is pure country and this is what I love about this cd. It is Pure Blake Shelton, true country and just fantastic. There are the typical rowdy, country songs and the typical "crooner" songs. Some songs may bring a tear to your eye and some songs will make you wish you had a cold beer in your hand with all your rowdy friends.
Blake has a voice that can sing any type of song and pull off whatever emotion the song requires.
This is a top-notch cd. If you love GOOD pure country music, you will love this cd."
The truest country artist around today
Larissa Chmielewski | Traverse City, Michigan | 06/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Blake Shelton has proven his country roots by staying true to form with his style of music. Each CD he's released has had a unique blend of ballads, outlaw, honkeytonk and thought-provoking, and just downright fun music. Each CD gets better and better. He's very possible the best kept secret in country music - and while he's successful, he's not overtaken by the powers of the industry to change like other artists have been."