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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A few months before he released his seventh album, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton weathered a minor storm over comments he made to GAC's Backstory, where he claimed "nobody wants to listen to their grandpa's music." Shelton further explained "old farts" "don't buy records anymore...the kids do, and they don't want to buy the music that you were buying." At 36 years old, Shelton isn't exactly a kid, but he sure has his finger on the pulse of what America is all about in 2013, a perspective that informs every cut on Based on a True Story.... Not so coincidentally in terms of attitude, this is the first album Shelton has made since turning into a genuine ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A few months before he released his seventh album, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton weathered a minor storm over comments he made to GAC's Backstory, where he claimed "nobody wants to listen to their grandpa's music." Shelton further explained "old farts" "don't buy records anymore...the kids do, and they don't want to buy the music that you were buying." At 36 years old, Shelton isn't exactly a kid, but he sure has his finger on the pulse of what America is all about in 2013, a perspective that informs every cut on Based on a True Story.... Not so coincidentally in terms of attitude, this is the first album Shelton has made since turning into a genuine crossover star thanks to his role on the televised competition The Voice -- Red River Blue, his last album, appeared just a month after the first season of The Voice wrapped -- and it reflects his newfound popularity via its reliance on rocking rhythms, woolly mammoth hooks, red state swagger, and pristine power ballads, all protected in a high-gloss coat of studio varnish. Some of that varnish includes a dose of heavy Auto-Tune on Blake's voice, a bit of trickery he doesn't need -- there's a reason why he's a judge on a singing competition; he has an easy, natural grace to his delivery -- but its artificially correct sound is simply another indication of the thoroughly modern Shelton: few other country albums of 2012-2013 are as unabashedly of the moment as this, celebrating all of the U.S.A. from the fame-hungry Sunset Strip to parties in the boondocks. By playing to both the high and low brow, Shelton consolidates the entire spectrum of his audience, from the country to the coasts. Both audiences buy into his increasingly macho strut, where he tosses out casual profanities, brags that he's "Still Got a Finger" (to flip you the bird, of course), and salutes his redneck brothers via the rapped "chew tobacco/chew tobacco/chew tobacco/spit" chorus of "Boys 'Round Here." That Shelton can pull off this big, swinging bravado isn't much of a surprise -- when his voice trills electronically on "Small Town Big Time" he makes it sound like a joke -- and the very sense that more is more is essential to the appeal of Based on a True Story...: every song is bigger, brighter, bolder than the next, super-sized country for a super-sized time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624946113
  • Catalog Number: 530386
  • Sales rank: 269

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boys 'Round Here - Pistol Annies (4:49)
  2. 2 Sure Be Cool If You Did (3:35)
  3. 3 Do You Remember (3:29)
  4. 4 Small Town Big Time (3:51)
  5. 5 Country On the Radio (3:53)
  6. 6 My Eyes - Gwen Sebastian (3:10)
  7. 7 Doin' What She Likes (3:43)
  8. 8 I Still Got a Finger (3:38)
  9. 9 Mine Would Be You (4:00)
  10. 10 Lay Low (3:14)
  11. 11 Ten Times Crazier (3:04)
  12. 12 Granddaddy's Gun (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blake Shelton Primary Artist
Scott Hendricks Background Vocals
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Russ Pahl Lap Steel Guitar
Danny Parks Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
John Willis Banjo
Rhett Akins Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Tommy Harden Drum Loop
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Ben Phillips Percussion
Rodney Clawson Background Vocals
Gwen Sebastian Background Vocals
Dallas Davidson Background Vocals
Charlie Judge Synthesizer, Hammond B3
Pistol Annies Background Vocals
RaeLynn Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dean Dillon Composer
Connie Harrington Composer
Scott Hendricks Producer, Digital Editing, overdub engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Tim Nichols Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Rhett Akins Composer
Tommy Lee James Composer
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Drew Bollman Engineer
Andrew Dorff Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer, Programming
Deric Ruttan Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
Brady Barnett Digital Editing
Katherine Petillo Art Direction
Jessi Alexander Composer
Bobby Pinson Composer
Ben Phillips Digital Editing
Rodney Clawson Composer
Dave Turnbull Composer
Gary Hannan Composer
Marv Green Composer
Phil O'Donnell Composer
Amanda Craig grooming
Ian Kirkpatrick Composer
Jimmy Robbins Composer, Programming
Hank Williams Mastering
Ben Hayslip Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Josh Osborne Composer
Clint Lagerberg Composer
Wade Kirby Composer
Charlie Judge Loop
Will Gray Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer, Programming
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  • Posted March 26, 2013

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    I confess that I was initially introduced to Blake Shelton┬┐s mu

    I confess that I was initially introduced to Blake Shelton’s music during the summer of 2011. I had heard his “Honey Bee” song from the Now 39 compilation (which I reviewed on August 24, 2011) and a fun concert of his that I attended back in February 2012. I had also decided to give the “Based On A True Story” a chance because of his Red River Blue cd (which is pretty good). “God Gave Me You”, one of his songs from “Red River Blue” is both an uplifting song and has a music video available online that symbolizes the great love that Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert have for each other. However, I am also somewhat familiar with multiple 80’s/90’s songs from the country music genre because my late adoptive mother and older sister both enjoyed and listened to country music frequently as I was growing up. Additionally, I was initially exposed to country music in my early childhood due to the fact that my maternal grandmother also listened to country music. “Based On A True Story” is even better than “Red River Blue” and contains among the following intense songs: Boys Round Here (feat. Pistol Annies & Friends), “Sure Be Cool If You Did”, “Do You Remember”, “Country On The Radio”, “Doin What She Likes”, “My Eyes” (feat. Gwen Sebastian),“Mine Would Be You”, and “Ten Times Crazier.” It is only a wild guess, but it appears that some of the happy love songs from “Based On A True Story” are a positive tribute to his wife Miranda Lambert. “Based On A True Story” by Blake Shelton is good for those who are open to listening to modern country music with songs that cover the various facets of love and living life.

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