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From the very first note of his new album, Not Too Bad, there's no doubt where Blaine Larsen stands on making music -- his own kind of music. Each song is marked by an easy confidence and a sound that is unapologetically country. With two studio projects already under his belt at age 23, the Washington state native is now more focused than ever on making music that will sound just as good ... Read more in Amazon's Blaine Larsen Store

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BNA Records Label
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B0006VY6ZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Off To Join The World by Blaine Larsen

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For too long, superficiality has dominated Nashville's marketing of teen artists. Plans to turn "the kids" on to country usually involve offering young fashion-plate acts dishing out trite, superficial music cynically contrived by Music Row to appeal to the MTV crowd. It's an approach that rarely succeeds. To his credit, Blaine Larsen, an 18-year-old native of Buckley, Washington, has no truck with such nonsense. A longtime admirer of George Strait, his muscular, Strait-like traditionalism is long on honesty and heart, free of artifice. He applies an expressive voice, mature beyond its years, to pained love ballads ("The Man He'll Never Be"), thoughtful youth numbers ("In My High School"), homages ("If Merle Would Sing My Song") and affable country pride ("That's Just Me"). "The Best Man" salutes Larsen's stepdad. "How Do You Get That Lonely," a gripping tale of teen suicide, pulls no punches. By taking his music seriously and treating his audience with respect, Larsen's stunning, mature debut--one teenagers and parents alike can appreciate--bodes well for his future. --Rich Kienzle

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Any country music fan will enjoy.
Karen A. Kennedy
While I listen to this CD I actually feel like he is feeling what he's singing, which is unusual for me.
Jay T.
This is one of the best country singers I have heard in a long time.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Goodbye cruel circus/I'm off to join the world" Larsen sings on the title track to this credible debut album. It's a perfect fit, too--he's leaving the wacky world of high school and entering the equally-messed-up world of music. And so far, he's doing good!

OFF TO JOIN THE WORLD features, more than anything, Larsen's superb vocal skills. A guy of only 18 years (my age; finally, someone from my generation who can actually SING), he brings surprising maturity to such songs as "How Do You Get That Lonely," which deals with dispair and suicide. He sings "If Merle Would Sing My Song," penned by songwriter-extraordinaire Skip Ewing, with such conviction you know its coming straight from his heart. Larsen himself has more than a touch of the songwriter's gift; he penned "The Man He'll Never Be," which surprisingly avoids the cliches; "In My High School," which--if you haven't been in a high school in a while--paints a pretty acurate picture of adolescent life; "Yessireebob," a funny little diddy about jobs you never think of (but dream of having); and several others. Not the best songwriter in the world, no...but not too bad.

OFF TO JOIN THE WORLD is Blaine Larsen's major-label debut. His voice--a blend between Blake Shelton and Wade Hayes, with just a touch of Waylon Jennings thrown in there for good measure--cuts through the sometimes over-produced songs, lending this album a credibility that debut records rarely have. This is country music with a traditional side, sung by a guy who obviously loves the music. Could Blaine Larsen be the future of country music? I'll tell you in a few years...but I have my hunches.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on February 5, 2005
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Larsen is unusual in a number of ways. First, he's one of a very few Nashville country stars to hail from Washington state (Seattle-born session player Mark O'Connor is the other one that comes to mind). Second, despite his slight years (just 18 at the time that most of these tracks were recorded) and baby face, you'd be hard-pressed to call him a child star. In particular, his baritone voice has a surprisingly fetching honky-tonk edge, and his songs (both his own, and those he corralled) are quite sophisticated. Larsen leaves the gate with the same sort of jaw-dropping maturity offered by LeAnn Rimes on "Blue."

The album's treasure is a reading of Mark Sanders and Shawn Camp's "Off to Join the World (The Circus Song)." This whimsically tragic waltz features acoustic guitars and mandolin, supplemented by march-styled drumming and the occasional ringmaster's whistle. Larsen sings with a depth that belies the relatively few times his heart could have been broken in his first 18 years. Throughout the album his age provides an interesting dichotomy - on the one hand, he hasn't yet lived through all of these emotions, on the other, as an adolescent he's bound to feel things more fully and immediately than most adults.

Several songs play off of Larsen's adolescence, exploring a teenager's contemplation of a first kiss, step-fathers, peer groups, and another teen's suicide. Sung in such a burnished first-person voice, they transcend their teenage viewpoint. Larsen has the easy confidence of George Strait but with a tone and edginess that takes in Randy Travis, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson. The album is polished, but surprisingly rootsy for a Nashville production, with plenty of guitar, mandolin, steel and fiddle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay T. on January 25, 2005
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If you like Alan, George, or Brad you are sure to enjoy this CD. His voice is excellent and it sounds like he is older than he actually is. While I listen to this CD I actually feel like he is feeling what he's singing, which is unusual for me. The songs are all good, especially the slow ones, which are powerful. This is the best CD I have bought in a long time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa L. Hansen on July 22, 2005
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I got the album today and has just listened to it for the 5th time in a row and all I can say is wow! A lot of people mention his age first of all but that is really a minor detail; had he been 12 or 87, his voice would still be amazing and there is a sincerity and emotional maturity to it which makes the hairs on my neck stand up at least once during each song. An equal mix of fun and reflection, love and sorrow, this is a truly outstanding album and I can't wait for his next one to come out. It's been a while since the last time a singer touched all of my emotions this way and I believe he has a great career in front of him
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By johhny rebel on February 22, 2005
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not alot of new country artists are even country. but when i put this cd in my car i was pleasently suprised. he has one of the most amazing voices ive hurrd in quite awhile. his southern roots truly show. how do you get that lonley is a great song on a tuff subject but i think he does it justice. the man hell never be an teaching me how to love you are sum of my favorites but anybody who enjoys good country vocals an strong lyrics will deffitnaly enjoy this cd so i would recommend this cd to anybody from track 1 till the very end its great if this kid keeps it up i look forward to the direction of country music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2005
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This was just one of the songs I loved on this CD. I haven't listed to one CD over and over in my life before! I just love this guy. The deep, rich voice just blows me away. And the songwriting that comes from a teenager, it's just hard to believe. He has the potential to be one of the greats during his career. I can't wait to see and hear him when he's 40!
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