While country guys dominate the charts, it’s the females (Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, the newly converted Sheryl Crow) that bringing the interesting music. The guys don’t particularly have great voices, and just sing about trucks, booze, and girls. Blake Shelton is no different, but dang, he knows how to choose a catchy tune. Heck, even when one of the tracks is called “Good Country Song”.
Blake doesn’t write anything on his ninth album, Bringing Back The Sunshine, but he’s handpicked a fantastic set of tracks that will make you tap your foot, swoon, and make you want to throw back a cold one. Country fans are gonna love it. While his voice isn’t one for the books, Blake has such a booming voice that it demands your attention. He has more presence on a track than say Tim McGraw or Keith Urban.
Bringing Back The Sunshine doesn’t have the grit or creativity or range his wife’s Miranda Lambert’s current Platinum album has (sorry Blake, the Mrs. deserves the awards), but you’re gonna have a great time listening to it. The great first single, “Neon Light”, was no fluke. The title track starts things off on a rockin note, and “Gonna” will have you joining in on the call and answer. Then there’s the smooth “A Girl” and the token drinking track, “Buzzin’”, that’ll put a smile on your face.
Blake clearly likes to have a fun time, but he still nails ballads too, like “Lonely Tonight” with Ashley Monroe (from Pistol Annies), the surprisingly romantic “I Need My Girl”, and he sounds fantastic on the beautiful “Just South Of Heaven”. He keeps things tight with the 12-track album wrapping up with the party track, “Just Gettin’ Started”. 9 albums in, Blake clearly isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Blake Shelton isn’t revolutionizing country music, but he sure is executing the formula really really well. The album title proves correct: Blake’s latest is bound to brighten up your day.