Pure BS

Pure BS

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by Blake Shelton
     
 

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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,See more details below

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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 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:
05/01/2007
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624448822
catalogNumber:
44488

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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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