Startin' Fires Blake Shelton
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- 2Good At Startin' Fires03:02
- 3She Wouldn't Be Gone03:36
- 4I'll Just Hold On04:01
- 5100 Miles03:30
- 6Never Lovin' You04:39
- 7Country Strong03:14
- 8Home Sweet Home03:55
- 9This Is Gonna Take All Night03:18
- 10Here I Am03:52
- 11I Don't Care03:53
- 12Bare Skin Rug03:48
Info for Startin' Fires
The fifth album by Nashville star Blake Shelton, „Startin' Fire“ continues the singer-songwriter's winning mix of tongue-in-cheek wit (a previous album was called PURE B.S.) and heartfelt sentimentality.
On „Startin' Fire“, Shelton's sardonic humor is best heard on the album's closing track, a saucy duet with Shelton's girlfriend, country star Miranda Lambert, called 'Bare Skin Rug,' as well as similarly PG-13 material like 'This is Gonna Take All Night' and 'Country Strong.' His more serious material includes the patriotic 'Home Sweet Home,' the wistful 'I Don't Care,' and a fine pair of lost-love ballads, 'I'll Hold On' and '100 Miles.'
„Whether paying tribute to country living, cracking musical jokes or crooning about romance and heartbreak, Ada native Blake Shelton’s rich baritone and earnest delivery heat up 'Startin’ Fires.”
The Tishomingo resident celebrates his move from Nashville, Tenn., back to Oklahoma on the soaring 'Home Sweet Home” and pays tribute to hardworking 'cowboys, plowboys (and) good-hearted women” on the toe-tapping 'Country Strong.” He declares 'I was green before green was a thing” on the funny down-home anthem 'Green.”
He and girlfriend Miranda Lambert hilariously defy expectations for a country duet with the sly 'Bare Skin Rug,” which matches the sonic trappings of a pretty ballad with goofy lyrics they penned about young hillbillies finding love.
Their novelty duet notwithstanding, Shelton lives up to his reputation as a great country balladeer on his fifth studio album. He strikes the right balance between playful and sexy on 'Good at Startin’ Fires” and 'This Is Gonna Take All Night.” He strums heartstrings with 'Here I Am,” a celebration of unexpected love he co-wrote with Dean Dillon, and effectively tells a tale of lost love with a twist ending on 'I Don’t Care.”
But Shelton’s passionate outpouring of desperation and regret on 'She Wouldn’t Be Gone” makes the lead single the sizzling highlight of 'Startin’ Fires.” (Brandy McDonnell)
Blake Shelton, guitars, vocals
Bryan Sutton, acoustic guitar
Brent Rowan, electric guitar
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Jonathan Yudkin, mandolin
Chip Davis, violin, background vocals
Melodie Crittenden, violin, background vocals
David Davidson, viola
David Angell, viola
Monisa Phillips Angel, cello
Kristin Wilkinson, cello
Tim Lauer, strings, Hammond b-3 organ
Bobby Braddock, strings
Gordon Mote, piano
Glenn Worf, bass
Shannon Forrest, drums
Wes Hightower, background vocals
Engineered by Jacob Murry, Bryan Graban, Steve Marcantonio
Produced by Scott Hendricks
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.