Blake Shelton’s highly anticipated new project “Based on a True Story” heads to the hands of the fans March 26th. The album follows his successful 2011 endeavor “Red River Blue.” There couldn’t be a more perfect time for Blake to release a new album. The man is at the top of his game. He is raking in the awards, charming America on “The Voice,” and has found the love of his life, the immensely talented Miranda Lambert. This new album is a chance for Blake to show what else he has to offer and to continue that momentum he has created. Overall the album is just about as light-hearted as Blake always appears on “The Voice.” It has a mix of up-tempo summertime party songs, love songs, ballads and of course songs laced with elements of humor.
The album has 12 tracks (deluxe version has 15) and kicks off with “Boys ‘Round Here” (featuring the Pistol Annies). I will admit that it is catchy, however it got me a tad bit worried about what the rest of the album could potentially hold. It has a country rap feel that left me thinking Blake doesn’t need gimmicky songs like this…he can rely on talent alone! Luckily the whole album didn’t follow suit. Up next was the already hit single “Sure Be Cool If You Did” where Blake’s vocals shine effortlessly, making it clear why fans are falling in love with it.
Midway through the album quite a few of my favorites make their appearance. The fun “Small Town Big Time” and lyrically pleasing “Country on the Radio” are absolute standouts. They seem to really fit his personality making me feel his connection to the songs. Blake also shows us his softer side with the sweet “Mine Would Be You” and “My Eyes” (featuring Gwen Sebastian). The album ends on a very high note with my favorite, “Granddaddy’s Gun.” The song is a good country story song that sounds like it could very well be “Based on a True Story.”
I can see where Blake got the title for this album. It seems many of these songs have elements that reflect where Blake is in his life. He has a way of engaging people through his music and I think this album does just that. Many of these songs will make great singles for country radio. While it may be slightly more tinged with country-pop than his other albums I think the topic matters of the songs, the lyrics and Blake’s country boy appeal will still draw in tons of country fans! It is no doubt a fun album so be sure to check it out.
“Based on a True Story” is available TODAY! Check it out on iTunes!
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