Startin' Fires

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Blake Shelton is the perfect contemporary country artist. His rich baritone voice allows him to bounce between traditional-sounding honky tonk material, big romantic power ballads, and pure country corn with relative ease, and his singles are usually a welcome thing when they come on the radio. What he isn't, however, is an album-oriented artist, and that's clear on Startin' Fires, his fifth studio release. There's a little bit of everything here, and that's part of the problem. Between the annoying country-smart glibness of the opener, "Green," to the tries-so-hard-to-be-cute duet with his current girlfriend Miranda Lambert on "Bare Skin Rug" which closes things out, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Blake Shelton is the perfect contemporary country artist. His rich baritone voice allows him to bounce between traditional-sounding honky tonk material, big romantic power ballads, and pure country corn with relative ease, and his singles are usually a welcome thing when they come on the radio. What he isn't, however, is an album-oriented artist, and that's clear on Startin' Fires, his fifth studio release. There's a little bit of everything here, and that's part of the problem. Between the annoying country-smart glibness of the opener, "Green," to the tries-so-hard-to-be-cute duet with his current girlfriend Miranda Lambert on "Bare Skin Rug" which closes things out, there are only a couple of times when anything here really catches fire (despite the title). One of those times is the song "She Wouldn't Be Gone," which is a brilliant portrayal of a man who finally finds his passion and love for a woman when it's way too late and she's already gone, and the chorus swells to passionate, almost white-knuckle perfection. It's a great song and Shelton gives it everything. Unfortunately, it's also far and away the best thing on Startin' Fires, and with the possible exception of the clever and purposefully ironic "I Don't Care," another ballad about love long gone, Shelton doesn't hit that level of emotion very often here, and this from a man who sang "these days when I turn on the radio, it's just not the same thrill" on his debut album in 2001. Everything here is professional and well recorded, sure, and Shelton's voice is always a joy to hear, but the material just doesn't quite seem strong enough. Wait for the greatest-hits collection and hope "She Wouldn't Be Gone" is on it. It will be, by the way, because it's that good, and it shows how much talent this man really has when he gets a song equal to it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624983446
  • Catalog Number: 512911
  • Sales rank: 45,766

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green (3:00)
  2. 2 Good at Startin' Fires (3:02)
  3. 3 She Wouldn't Be Gone (3:36)
  4. 4 I'll Just Hold On (4:00)
  5. 5 100 Miles (3:29)
  6. 6 Never Lovin' You (4:39)
  7. 7 Country Strong (3:14)
  8. 8 Home Sweet Home (3:55)
  9. 9 This Is Gonna Take All Night (3:17)
  10. 10 Here I Am (3:52)
  11. 11 I Don't Care (3:53)
  12. 12 Bare Skin Rug (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blake Shelton Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Eric Darken Percussion, Shaker
Chip Davis Background Vocals
David Angell Violin
David Davidson Violin
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Hammond Organ
Brent Rowan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Mandolin
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Melodie Crittenden Background Vocals
Tim Lauer Hammond Organ
Craig Young Bass Guitar
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar, Sitar
Monisa Phillips Angel Viola
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar
Miranda Lambert Vocals
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Bobby Braddock Producer, String Arrangements
Jeff Balding Engineer
Dean Dillon Composer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Scott Hendricks Producer, overdub engineer
Brent Rowan Producer, Digital Editing, overdub engineer
Ed Seay Engineer
Bryant Simpson Composer
George Teren Composer
Craig White overdub engineer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Rhett Akins Composer
Erik Hellerman Digital Editing
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Sherrié Austin Composer
Tim Lauer String Arrangements
Will Rambeaux Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Brady Barnett Digital Editing
David Matthews overdub engineer
Blake Shelton Composer
Luellyn Latocki Art Direction
Katherine Petillo Art Direction
Christophe Dubois Composer
Holly Chapman grooming
Miranda Lambert Composer, Duet
Tyler Moles Digital Editing
Troy Olsen Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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