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A sophmore album worthy of the first!
on February 8, 2003
When I first heard Blake Shelton's latest hit, "The Baby," I thought to myself--Aw, no, he's gone soft! That is NOT the case. Shelton delivers his second album with a masculinity that the guys will relate to, and the girls will think is sexy. So, you see, either way you win!
To the album.
Producer Bobby Braddock has helped shape Shelton into an artist that bridges alt-country and mainstream country. The opening track, a pumping, stomping number called "Heavy Liftin'", is a perfect example of this. "My Neck of the Woods" is for the rednecks in the audience, while "The Baby" is for you sentamentalists (I'm sorry if that's spelled wrong).
"Georgia in a Jug" is about a man who's goin' on his honeymoon to Mexico alone; and the funny and off-beat "Playboys of the Southwestern World" also deals with a trip to Mexico...and a little more. The John Rich (former frontman of Lonestar)-penned "Underneath the Same Moon" is a poignant ballad of wondering where an old lover is. "Someday" questions where you go and what happens when you die.
"The Dreamer" is an autobiographical piece written by Shelton (duh, think about it for a minute) that tries to balance his fame and his life. "Asphalt Cowboy" is about a man born to run, written to the woman he loves, explaining it all.
This album will hit you. Not hard, and not bad; maybe a little pinch on the cheek, for a job well-done. "The Dreamer" is not an earth-shattering album; Blake Shelton is not a beat-all performer. But let me tell you this: he's darn good. Buy this album; if you regret your purchase, you don't like country music.