All About Tonight
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Blake Shelton's back with another "6-pack" album. This is basically an EP, a short album that's a few songs short of being considered a real album. Shelton's switched to this format so that he can release music more frequently than once every two years and so that his music in return becomes a bit more affordable for his fans. Shelton's first 6-pack album Hillbilly Bone was released back in March of this year. It was okay. Decent. It had one or two good tracks and the rest was unfortunately pretty forgettable. How does "All About Tonight" compare?

The Good: Musically, it feels completely unrelated to "Hillbilly Bone". "All About Tonight" ditches the interludes (for the most part) that plagued the previous mini album. This album, however, at leas feels like the tracks were chosen to give it a carefree, party, light feel. It's much more cohesive with a better sound and production value than "Hillbilly Bone" that felt a bit unfocused. The theme that pulls all of the tracks together is love. You can tell that Shelton was inspired by his relationship with Miranda Lambert more so on this release and with these songs than with the past albums. Some of the stand-out tracks are "Suffocating" where for the first time in a while, Shelton put aside his jokes and sarcasm and showed genuine emotion and heart. It was reminiscent of his old hit "Austin" and something I hope he does more of in the future. Also, "Draggin' The River" featuring Miranda Lambert (his fiance) is a nice love duet but isn't at all sappy. If you know anything about these two artists you know they are all about making you laugh more than they are about pulling at your heart strings.

The Bad: The interlude injected into the last two tracks did take away from the overall album production just a bit. I'm not sure if this EP/mini album format truly fits Shelton. The overall album feels a bit rushed and even though we're treated to more music from him throughout the year, it still feels as if a lot of the music we've gotten thus far (between this release and the release of "Hillbilly Bone") have been packed with filler tracks with the exception of one or two. With this format, we really should have 6 single-worthy tracks that are all stellar and worth purchasing. Instead we have a lot of "ok" and average bits of music with only a few that feel worth purchasing.

In all, I felt "All About Tonight" was more country than "Hillbilly Bone". It's more consistent, the songs are a bit better produced and overall it's a light, carefree listening experience. If there's a theme to the songs it's love - you can tell that Shelton was inspired by his relationship with Miranda Lambert more so on this release and with these songs than with the past albums.

Listen to These: "Suffocating", "That Thing We Do", "Draggin' the River (feat. Miranda Lambert)"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2010
I'm really begining to like Blake Shelton's 6-pack approach to CD's. "All About Tonight" is such fun and upbeat, and well worth getting the entire CD for that song alone. Of course the rest of the CD is pretty outstanding too. For all you Blake fans, don't miss this one!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2010
This is a great album. See Blake live and you'll understand him.....he is a funny guy...

I like the mix of serious and fun on this 6 pack.

Basically take this album and his Hillbilly Bone 6 pack.........put them together and you have a great album!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2010
My dear so-called Blake Shelton "fans." You aren't being ripped off by this great country singer. Just becuase he chooses to release EPs now instead of full length albums, does not mean you get any less bang for your buck. In fact, you are getting a better deal this way. How many other artists do you know of that will let you buy a disc of only a few songs at a discounted price? I know of none. It is done this way to get music to his fans more frequently, and at a much better price. And to those of you who are saying you're paying the same price for half the songs, I'd like to know where you get five dollar CDs from in a full length form. That's a great price. Furthermore, I dont think Blake ever held a gun to anyone's head and made them but his CDs. I could be wrong there, but I imagine he would have done a little jail time for that. If you dont like the way Blake reaches out to the fans, then you could always go back and listen to your fake country boy bands, and leave the real country singers to the people who appreciate them. This guy, more than most, loves his fans, and has never missed a chance to say it or show it. He is giving music to peopel twice as often, and for half the price.
Now, as far as this CD, and his previous Six Pack, they are filled with great country music in the style that we have come to expect from Mr's Shelton for the last few years. He has a very distinct and powerful voice that resonates throught all the tracks. He makes no secret of the fact that he is having a good time doing what he loves to do. Theses CDs are filled with the loud, footstompers, the middle-of-the-road country radio tracks, and the great ballads that he has always produced. Blake Shelton continues to release great music, and he shows no signs of slowing down. While I am a fan of a good full length album, with a thick CD booklet, I can not, in any way, fault the EPs. Blake, I hope you read this, and see that you still have some real BSers out here that fully appreciate what you do for us. Those of us that know who Blake is, and what his music sounds like, you will not be dissapointed. They're prices just right for the amount of songs, and even the tracks that might be considered "filler" are great. They all stand out.
So, you can spend a few dollars on Blake's EPs, or you can blow fifteen or better on you Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift pop discs. Go Blake!
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on January 11, 2014
As I usually do, I bought this for one song I like a lot which is Who are you when I'm not looking. However, I really like all the other songs as well so I've been playing it over and over as I was driving from Houston to San Antonio and back. I like Shelton's voice - not crazy about his personality - prefer my country music artists a little less prissy - but as long as I don't have to watch him and can just listen to him, I'm a fan.
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on June 19, 2014
I have to say that Blake has really taken the country music venue by storm. All About Tonight is yet another one of his many great songs and CDs. Keep them coming, Blake, because we enjoy you, we love you and we look forward to your next, your next and your next! They're always terrific!!
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on April 28, 2012
Hi I had this CD until my son stole this one, and his Red River Blue. When he stole it, I tried to get another copy of each. I did thanks to Amazon. A great artist that has many accomplishments lately. Like his marriage to his wife Miranda Lambert. Another great CD.
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on April 21, 2011
Blake Shelton, enough said, his music is nice to listen to... Like him and his music...Have other CD's by him and had to get the song...Who are you when I'm not looking.. a few others are good too..
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on April 20, 2012
I teach line dancing and the music is wonderful. I have already used several songs for dances. Very dance able music. If you teach line dancing or just like music you should get this CD
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on December 7, 2012
This is a very good song. as a late comer to listening to blake shelton or rather listening and not knowing who the artist was. i have come to become a fan.. great job
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