Blake Shelton - Pure BS
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Pure BS (Warner, 2007)

Blake Shelton

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

If his fourth album's any indication, Blake Shelton is at an artistic crossroads. His 11-song disc has a theme of inconsistency with 3 different producers - Bobby Braddock, Brent Rowan and Paul Worley. Half of the album signals a shift from Shelton's nontraditional country into a more pop-flavored brand of country. This couldn't be more evident than on "Don't Make Me," the first single and a pure power ballad.

Shelton tries to move away from his trademark Oklahoma twang on other ballads like "I Don't Care" and "Back There Again." Ironic, for an artist who included "The Last Country Song" as the last cut on the album. Shelton's joined by country legends George Jones and John Anderson on a tune that addresses the double entendre of rural development and the demise of traditional country. While you'd expect the trio to lament these happenings, the song is a party song where the characters are celebrating before the bar closes for good.

Shelton delivers on traditional country, connecting with a cheating ballad "She Can't Get That" about a woman who cheats because she can't get that (love) at home. The other country-sounding songs - "The More I Drink" and Chris Knight's "It Ain't Easy Bein' Me" - are overshadowed by ultra-silly lyrics.

CDs by Blake Shelton

Fully Loaded: God's Country, 2019 Texoma Shore, 2017 Live EP, 2017 If I'm Honest, 2016 Bringing Back the Sunshine, 2014 Based on a True Story, 2013 Red River Blue, 2011 Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton, 2010 All About Tonight, 2010 Hillbilly Bone, 2010 Startin' Fires, 2008 Pure BS Deluxe Edition, 2008 Pure BS, 2007

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