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With Pure BS, Blake Shelton proves he is one of the country music artists who are in it for the long haul and cannot rest on his laurels. From the cover photo to the last track the listener can easily be startled by what is on offer here. As his first three albums showcased, Shelton has always had a powerful baritone range and can write and sing drinking, heartbreak, and driving songs all night. Working with producer Bobby Braddock, Shelton forged a sound that showcased him as a country music hell raiser who had a tender side, but he did it all with one voice. On Pure BS a great double entendre, Shelton worked not only with Braddock, but with producers Paul Worley and Brent ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
With Pure BS, Blake Shelton proves he is one of the country music artists who are in it for the long haul and cannot rest on his laurels. From the cover photo to the last track the listener can easily be startled by what is on offer here. As his first three albums showcased, Shelton has always had a powerful baritone range and can write and sing drinking, heartbreak, and driving songs all night. Working with producer Bobby Braddock, Shelton forged a sound that showcased him as a country music hell raiser who had a tender side, but he did it all with one voice. On Pure BS a great double entendre, Shelton worked not only with Braddock, but with producers Paul Worley and Brent Rowan as well. What the sum total of these 11 songs reveals is that Shelton is really and truly a singer of modern country music. The opener is a Southern rocker with napalm guitars called "This Can't Be Good" a tale with a humorous twist. It's the Shelton everyone knows, but he reaches for notes he hasn't hit before. "The More I Drink" is one of the first sobriety songs since Ray Wylie Hubbard's classic "Hey, That's Alright" to actually make sense even as it makes the listener laugh. It's interesting that they are both from small towns in Oklahoma Then there's the bittersweet "I Don't Care," with steel guitars and strings, where Shelton digs deep into the heart of his voice where searing honesty, even as it begins in lying to oneself, comes to the fore as he digs deeper into the lyric than he ever has before, and yes, that's saying something. "Back There Again" is the most haunting and moving loving and leaving songs Shelton's ever recorded. Written by Tom Douglas, it's on a par with "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." Transformations, turnarounds, realizations and reflection are at the heart of Pure BS. That's not to say that there aren't the trademark Shelton rollicking country-rock tunes here; there are, in the aforementioned "This Can't Be Good," "The More I Drink," and to a slightly lesser degree "I Have Been Lonely," with its acoustic and electric guitar shuffles and popping snare drums. But even in these songs, Shelton's ability as a singer with help from Rachel Proctor on harmony vocals to get the message across over the music is rather startling. His previous three recordings offered him a solid ground to get this one across. To build on what he's accomplished as an artist he's reached inside himself to pull these songs off so convincingly. The album ends with "The Last Country Song," written by Shelton and Braddock. It's a stellar, hard-driving country-rock song that offers a very insightful view of how music itself is changing as the landscape changes as corporate interests swallow up the land the music got made on, with help from John Anderson and George Jones quoting from their own songs "Swingin'" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." Pure BS is the album Shelton's been waiting to make his entire career and gives us an absolutely stunning new view of an established artist who is here to stay.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624448822
  • Catalog Number: 44488

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blake Shelton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
George Jones Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion, Shaker
Bobby Braddock Synthesizer
Chip Davis Background Vocals
David Angell Violin
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
David Davidson Violin
Dan Dugmore Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Greg Morrow Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Electric Piano
Mike Rojas Keyboards
Brent Rowan Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul Worley Electric Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Mandolin
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Melodie Crittenden Background Vocals
Blue Miller Background Vocals
Tim Lauer Organ, Hammond Organ
Craig Young Bass
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Karyn Rochelle Vocal Harmony
Wes Hightower Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Monisa Phillips Angel Viola
Mark Hill Bass
John Anderson Vocals
Jim "Moose" Brown Organ, Piano
Rachel Proctor Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson Quintet Background Vocals
Timothy De Armitt Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Bobby Braddock Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Dean Dillon Composer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Brent Rowan Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Ed Seay Engineer
Craig White Engineer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Paul Worley Producer
David Lee Murphy Composer
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Tim Lauer String Arrangements
Chris Knight Composer
Billy Lawson Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Deanna Bryant Composer
Dave Berg Composer
Jay Knowles Composer
Blake Shelton Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Wally Wilson Composer
Rachel Proctor Composer
Ron Roark Art Direction
Christophe Dubois Composer
Michael Kosser Composer
Narvel Blackstock Management
Dave Turnbull Composer
Brandon Blackstock Management
Timothy De Armitt Composer
Tom Douglas Composer
Marla Cannon-Goodman Composer
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