Startin' Fires

Startin' Fires

by Blake Shelton



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2008
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624983446
catalogNumber: 512911

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Shelton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion,Shaker
Bobby Braddock   Strings
Chip Davis   Violin,Background Vocals
David Angell   Violin,Viola
David Davidson   Violin,Viola
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings,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,Hammond B3
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Cello,Viola
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Mandolin
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Melodie Crittenden   Violin,Background Vocals
Tim Lauer   Strings,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
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   Cello,Viola
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Miranda Lambert   Vocals
Mike Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Bobby Braddock   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,overdub engineer,Audio Production
Brent Rowan   Producer,overdub engineer,Audio Production
Ed Seay   Engineer
Bryant Simpson   Composer
George Teren   Composer
Craig White   overdub engineer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Sherrié Austin   Composer
Tim Lauer   Arranger,String Arrangements
Will Rambeaux   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
David Matthews   overdub engineer
Blake Shelton   Composer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Christophe Dubois   Composer
Holly Chapman   grooming
Phillip Stein   Audio Production
Miranda Lambert   Composer,Duet
Troy Olsen   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Will Rambreaux   Composer
Sen Hayslip   Composer
Jennifer Adan   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Cory Batten   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Kendall Marvel   Composer
Bryan Simpson   Composer

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