On his second album The Dreamer, Blake Shelton paints an effective portrait of life in the blue-collar trenches. He buttresses his songs of commitment, work, family, and home with traditional instruments, discreet deployment of rock guitar, and his expressive, personable baritone. A timeless country theme -- momma -- gets a bravura treatment in the touching ballad "The Baby," the tale of a favored youngest child who gets The Call that his mother is dying too late to be by her bedside. On the southern-rock-tinged title cut, Shelton sings from the gut as well as the heart of a fellow who learns the hard way that achieving a dream isn't worth the "broken memories" of the woman he lost along the way. The acoustic guitar line that bookends "Underneath the Same Moon" may be from "Stairway to Heaven," but the meat of the song -- a full-blown production with synths, strings, soaring background chorus, and swirling pedal steel lines -- allows Shelton to stretch out vocally, as he brings deep emotion to a haunting remembrance of a lover. His themes also tackle life's bawdier side, as evidenced by the honky-tonk-fueled "Georgia in a Jug," in which Shelton gleefully vows to give the jug all it can handle, and the infectious rocker "Playboys of the Southwestern World," which boasts a buoyant chorus perfect for blasting loud in a car. Some may find The Dreamer a bit light at ten songs, but in this case brevity is the soul of substance -- there's lots of meat on this bone.
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Performance CreditsBlake Shelton Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Cordle Background Vocals
Bobby Braddock Keyboards
David Angell Strings
John Catchings Strings
David Davidson Strings
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest Percussion,Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky Strings
Jim Grosjean Strings
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Anthony LaMarchina Strings
Greg Morrow Percussion,Drums
Russ Pahl Banjo
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar,Wurlitzer,Guitar (Baritone)
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Donald Teal Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Kris Wilkinson Strings
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle,Mandolin
Neal Coty Background Vocals
John Wesley Background Vocals
Melodie Crittenden Background Vocals
Michael Rojas Keyboards
Blue Miller Background Vocals
Tim Lauer Conductor,Keyboards
John Wills Acoustic Guitar
Leslie Satcher Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Strings
Danny Myrick Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical CreditsJeff Stevens Composer
Don Ellis Composer
Randy VanWarmer Composer
Bobby Braddock Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Harley Allen Composer
Paul Hart Engineer
Ed Seay Engineer
George Teren Composer
Neal Coty Composer
Billy Montana Composer
Kathryn Locke Composer
Tim Lauer String Arrangements
Janice Azrak Art Direction
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Kenny West Composer
Michael White Composer
Blake Shelton Composer
Bobby Pinson Composer
Debbie Dover Groomer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Dreamer based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
the dreamer cd is awesome every track is great there is no wasteing your money with this one you know sometimes you pick up a cd because of one song and the rest is no good and you just won't to kick your self not with this one it is 100 percent great.blake shelton has this music making down to a art.the baby is cool but the dreamer and playboys of the southwest are totally awesome .so go pick up a copy of blake sheltons dreamer.
Blake Shelton has outdone Himself with his 2nd album. From the slow heartbreaking ballad "The Baby" to the upbeat "Heavy Liftin",Blake keeps it country.He includes fan favorite "Playboys of the Southwestern World"(Hey Romeo)& many others that are sure to get Your foot tapping. There is not a single bad song on this album...Definitely not a waste of money.
This is a really great Album, it is one that everyone would love to add to their collection of hits. Blake Shelton did a really good job on this album. This album features the hit song "The Baby", a really great song that was perfomed very well by Blake. So if you don't have it buy it today!!!!!!!!
Blake Shelton's "The Dreamer" is a great album. His song "The Baby" is one of the best I have ever heard. Shelton puts his heart and soul into this song. Everytime I hear it, it makes me cry. Shelton has out done himself since his first album. I have both of his albums and they are great. Everyone should go buy this album because it is great.
If you loved his debut album you will love The Dreamer. Blake Shelton has found a way to combine the traditional "old" country sound with the new "pop" sounds of today. I guarantee that there will be at least one song on this album that will hit home with many, whether it be The Baby, The Dreamer, or Someday ... this album will move you ... from tears to laughs.
OKLAHOMA JUST KEEPS ON PRODUCING GREAT COUNTRY SINGERS. BLAKE IS OBVIOUSLY THE NEXT IN A LONG LIST OF GREAT OKLAHOMA COUNTRY SINGERS. BLAKE'S FIRST RELEASE OF THE BABY IS JUST A SAMPLE OF THE GREAT SONGS ON THIS CD. BUT THIS CD NOT ONLY HAS GREAT BALLADS IT ALSO HAS SOME FAST PACED SONGS AS WELL SUCH AS PLAYBOYS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN WORLD, HEAVY LIFTIN, AND MY NECK OF THE WOODS. DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS GREAT CD.
If you liked his first CD you will love this one too. It is great. Blake has such a great voice,you just can't get enough of it.This is a must have CD. Plus he is the perfect tall dark and handsome cowboy that you just can't take your eyes off.
Blake Shelton's Dreamer is a must have cd! It has a wonderful song to every song and keeps you on your feet the whole time!
This album by Blake Shelton is a must have by country music fans. He has a wonderful blend of up beat music along with heart stoping ballads. He even shows his sense of humor with songs like Georgia in a Jug and Playboys of the Southwestern World.This is a great selection and he has outdone himself.