If I'm Honest Blake Shelton

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Album-Release:
2016

HRA-Release:
26.05.2016

Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: Country

Subgenre: Country Pop

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  • 1Straight Outta Cold Beer02:45
  • 2She's Got a Way With Words03:11
  • 3Bet You Still Think About Me03:55
  • 4Every Time I Hear That Song03:36
  • 5Came Here to Forget03:41
  • 6Every Goodbye03:10
  • 7It Ain't Easy03:31
  • 8A Guy With a Girl03:11
  • 9Go Ahead and Break My Heart (feat. Gwen Stefani)04:25
  • 10Friends03:04
  • 11One Night Girl03:41
  • 12Doing It to Country Songs (feat. The Oak Ridge Boys)03:02
  • 13Green03:11
  • 14You Can't Make This Up03:31
  • 15Savior's Shadow02:43
  • Total Runtime50:37

Info for If I'm Honest

If I'm Honest is Blake's 10th studio album. It was again produced by Scott Hendricks, and features 15 brand new songs, including the already Top 10 single; 'Came Here To Forget', as well as 'Friends' from the film Angry Birds and the Gwen Stefani duet 'Go Ahead And Break My Heart“.

On “Came Here To Forget,” a song off Blake Shelton’s 10th studio album, two spurned lovers meet in a bar. Bonding on rejection, they spark their own pained romance, vowing to “drink till we can’t remember what we came here to forget.” On the following song, “Every Goodbye,” two losers-in-love collide in the another watering hole, where one tells the other, “You can be my heartbreak medicine/Proof that even dark clouds have a silver lining.”

It doesn’t take a CSI detective to figure out who these songs, along with many others on Shelton’s If I’m Honest, are about. They are chronicles of his relationship with fellow Voice judge Gwen Stefani, a connection famously forged in the wake of symmetrical breakups: he from Miranda Lambert, she from Gavin Rossdale.

Should anyone miss the album’s gossipy framing, Shelton and Stefani co-wrote, and co-sing, a song titled “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” which offers a simultaneous spit-in-the-face and cri de couer to their exes.

It’s interesting that more songs on Honest express either anger about—or pining for—a vanished lover rather than celebrating the discovery of a new one. But the search for solace underscores it all, from the commitment-seeking “One Night Girl” to what could be Shelton’s first overtly religious ode, “Savior’s Shadow.”

Together, this makes for the most autobiographical album of Shelton’s career. So why does it end up seeming about as weighty and true as a reality show? For one thing, Shelton’s voice lacks the kind of emotional depth that’d bring a listener to tears. On his duet with Stefani, her ache upstages his from the first phrase. What’s more: the album’s breezy Nashville-pop tunes never strike below the surface. Small wonder the toss-off songs seem more credible. There’s everything from “Straight Outta Beer,” an ode to getting soused, to “Doing It to Country Songs,” where the object of his affection isn’t a person—but Music Row creations every bit as slick as this.

Blake Shelton, vocals
Gwen Stefani, guest vocals
Tom Bukovac, electric guitar
Rick Marty, electric guitar
Troy Lancaster, electric guitar
Paul Franklin, pedal steel guitar
Russ Pahl, pedal steel guitar
Bryan Sutton, acoustic guitar
Ilya Toshinsky, acoustic guitar
Gordon Mote, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, piano
Jimmie Lee Sloas, bass
Tony Lucido, bass
Charlie Judge, string arrangements, synthesizer
Jim Horn, saxophone
Roy Agee, trombone
Steve Herrmann, trumpet
Aubrey Haynie, fiddle, mandolin
Emily Nelson, cello
Charles Dixon, cello, violin
Jessica Blackwell, violin
Hari Bernstein, viola
Jessi Alexander, background vocals
Duane Allen, background vocals
Joe Bonsall, background vocals
Perry Coleman, background vocals
William Lee Golden, background vocals
Wes Hightower, background vocals
Jon Randall, background vocals
Richard Sterban, background vocals
The Oak Ridge Boys, background vocals

Engineered by Jeff Balding, Clarke Schleicher
Mixed and recorded by Drew Bollman, Justin Niebank
Produced by Scott Hendricks


Blake Shelton
Oklahoma native Blake Shelton moved to Nashville in 1994, two weeks after his high school graduation, to launch a songwriting career that would eventually make him one of the leading males in contemporary country music. Back home, he'd received statewide attention by touring the bar circuit and winning the Denbo Diamond Award, the top award for young Oklahoma entertainers. In Nashville, Shelton was able to maintain that momentum by selling songs to several publishing houses, including Naomi Martin Music, Warner/Chappell Music, and Jerry Crutchfield Music. He also landed a solo contract with Giant Records. Favoring a traditional style of country music that included sentimental ballads as well as blue-collar rock songs, he made a splash in 2001 with the chart-topping single 'Austin,' which spent five weeks at number one. 'All Over Me' and 'Ol' Red' followed in 2002, pushing Shelton's accompanying debut album — the self-titled Blake Shelton, released by Warner Bros. after the dissolution of Giant Records — to gold status.

With Shelton's songs still enjoying airtime on country radio, he returned to the studio to work on a second album. The Dreamer appeared in February 2003, hot on the heels of another number one single titled 'The Baby.' A third album, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, was released in 2004, along with an accompanying DVD featuring several of his music videos. Three years later, Shelton scored his fourth consecutive gold album with Pure BS, which featured a guest appearance by girlfriend (and fellow country singer) Miranda Lambert.

Lambert and Shelton attracted more and more media attention as their relationship progressed. Lambert made another appearance on his next album, 2008's Startin' Fires, and sang about their relationship on her own release, Revolution. Shelton eventually proposed in 2010, issuing a pair of well-received EPs — Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight — that same year. The EPs yielded three number one hits, followed in 2011 by another chart-topper, 'Honey Bee,' which doubled as the lead single from his sixth album, Red River Blue. Shelton married Lambert that spring, several weeks after joining the judging panel of NBC's prime-time singing competition The Voice.

The Voice was a smash hit, elevating Shelton's profile and assisting the sales of Red River Blue. Two seasons of the competition arrived in 2012 and that year, Shelton also released Cheers It's Christmas, a seasonal album containing duets with Reba McEntire, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, and Lambert, as well as her band Pistol Annies.

Shelton delivered Based on a True Story... — his first full-fledged album recorded since the success of The Voice — in March of 2013, preceded by the single 'Sure Be Cool If You Did' which topped the Billboard country charts.

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