Bringing Back The Sunshine

Elyse Von Der Fecht

Blake Shelton is an American country music singer and a television personality. In 2001, he debuted with his single “Austin” off his self-titled album.

Blake Shelton (AP photo)
Blake Shelton (AP photo)

In 2003, he released his second album, The Dreamer, as well as in 2004 he released his third album, Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill. A few years later his fourth album Pure BS was re-released in 2008. That same year, his fifth album Startin’ Fires, which featured his then-girlfriend Miranda Lambert, was released.

Three years later, in 2011, he became the husband of country singer Miranda Lambert and released his sixth album, Red River Blue. His eighth album, Based on a True Story, premiered in 2013 and became an instant hit. The following year he made his ninth album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, which features Ashley Monroe and Raelynn.

Overall, Blake Shelton accomplished 24 country singles, including 11 number ones, and is a five-time Grammy Award nominee.

Here were my thoughts on the songs of his newest album.

“Bringing Back the Sunshine:” I do like the fact that Shelton started his album off with a faster moving song. I felt like he wanted to leave you with that sense of the whole album in one.

“Neon Light:” I really enjoyed the instrumental parts throughout the song. It goes well with the rhythm of the song as well as the lyrics.

“Lonely Tonight:” Having this song feature Ashley Monroe added that perfect touch of the song because it’s about two people not being alone. I think by having this song feature Monroe really added that extra power to the lyrics.

“Gonna:” As I listened to the song, I liked the part where he had the harmonies of the other voices in certain parts.

“A Girl:” This song had a slower tempo and mood. I was able to just focus on the lyrics and what Shelton was trying to say about that special person.

“Sangria:” I liked the fact that he had a song on the album titled “Sangria;” it really made me giggle, but listening to the lyrics was something I didn’t expect to hear. It was very interesting, but still incredible.

“Buzzin’:” This song has that country vibe and swing affect as I listened to the song. Raelynn has an incredible voice, which gave the song that extra lift in the lyrics.

“Just South of Heaven:” Listening to this song was a different feeling when I heard his lyrics and what he had to say, but it was really inspirational and kept me listening to the whole song.

“I Need My Girl:” I would have to say that this is my favorite song on this album. I really like his emotion and passion expressing what he really is feeling. It was very touching.

“Good Country Song:” This song gave the overall album that vibe it needed about having a song pertaining to having a country song. Everyone has to have that one song just talking about country.

“Anyone Else:” This is another slow song and as I was listening to it I wanted to grab my friends and sway back and forth. To have the special moment with your friends who are there for you.

“Just Gettin’ Started:” Shelton knows how to pick a great song to end an album with. This song has a fast tempo and gives you that vibe to dance and have fun.
Shelton is also a judge on the singing competition The Voice along with Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. He has been on The Voice since its premiere and his teams on seasons two through four had won the title of The Voice. Who will win this season? Make sure you tune in and watch.