Blake Shelton "Red River Blue" Warner Music Nashville
Blake Shelton has struck gold with his eighth studio album. His first single off of Red River Blue, marks his fastest rising #1 to date. In only 10 short weeks, “Honey Bee” buzzed its way to the top spot on the charts. Hovering around one million digital sales, Blake now holds the record for fastest selling digital record to be certified Gold by the R.I.A.A by a male singer.
The album has a sweet start opening with “Honey Bee”. Stealing America’s heart with his simple but true feelings. It might be a little Country but yes Blake, “every word was right on the money”. Continuing the party, the next track entitled “Ready To Roll” is one that the men will love. After a long day at work, getting off a little early to spend time with your special someone sounds like the perfect night. Drawing out his accent, this song has a strong Country sound.
Try not to chuckle hearing Blake sing “tater chips” and “party dip”. Female vocals start off this sensitive, heart-warming tune. With “God Gave Me You”, Mrs. Shelton will be the envy of all women. Recently Blake was in the news for opening up about how Miranda saved him, this song portrays this perfectly. Associated with good times that had him once singing about “feel good pills and red Gatorade by my bed ready to go”, Blake always reminds us that deep down, he’s a sensitive, loving man who needs to be saved from time to time.
“Get Some” is another good time, party song for the weekend with a slow, lazy sound in the verse. By the end of the song, you’re wondering how many times Blake sings the word “get”, most lines begin or include the word. Yet somehow, Blake still makes you want to get up and dance!
Unlike your typical “let’s sleep on it” song (which he does briefly include) Blake would rather “Drink On It”. Another song that repeats one word throughout the song. Personally, I prefer this song to the previous “Get Some”. Once again, Blake takes a song that wouldn’t generally be thought of as sweet, endearing lyrics, and makes it a love song that you wish someone would serenade you.
In “Good Ole Boys” Blake is wondering where all the gentlemen went. Inferring that anyone man who isn’t from the Country isn’t a good boy. He lists off many different places they could possibly be. Sure to be a hit for the Country boys who are proud to be a “Good Ole Boy” and for those single ladies (now we know where they are!).
“I’m Sorry” is a tale of a woman who realized she made a mistake. Instead of the typical, desperately wishing she’d come back, Blake is letting her know that “sorry isn’t good enough”. It’s almost the male version of Taylor Swift’s “You’re Not Sorry” off her 2008 Fearless album. “Sunny In Seattle” has a George Strait feel. Listing off situations when he’ll stop loving her then transitioning to his never-ending love. He sings many creative analogies, my personal favorites “no tequila in Mexico”, “New York is a one horse town”, “when Memphis ain’t got the blues”, this tune will be replaying through your head for days.
“Over” is a love song promising that there’s no need for anyone else. Blake sure has the sweet, caring, wish-he-was-your-man songs down. When he asks “what do I have to do to win you over?” it takes everything in me not to shout out, “nothing!” Well done Mr. Shelton, well done. Ending with the title track, “Red River Blue” is my favorite on the album. His voice is raw and full emotion, your heart breaks for him. Mrs. Shelton sings back up vocals that complete the song. Hearing this song performed live might bring some to tears. I could listen to this song over and over again.
While most of the songs have a word or phrase that is continually repeated, it still won’t stop you from listening to the album on repeat. With heart warming love songs and the occasional feel good song, Red River Blue has great balance. Full of honest and raw emotion, Blake wins the hearts of all women and with songs like “Get Some” wins the male audience. It’s really no wonder why Blake Shelton is at the top of the Country charts right now and will continue to be. www.blakeshelton.com
** Don't Miss Blake tonight (July 12th) on NBC's "Late Show With David Letterman", Wednesday morning (July 13th) on "Live! With Regis and Kelly, and Wednesday Night on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"