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Blake Shelton – “Over”

07 May

Songwriters:  Paul Jenkins, David Elliot Johnson

Is Blake Shelton even trying anymore?

Seriously, is he?  Let’s think about this for a minute:  Not since “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” has he had even one single that was memorable or at all good, and that was almost two years ago.  The result?  The CMA and ACM have both anointed Shelton the male standard-bearer for the country format.

I swear this song makes no effort to impose itself upon the listener at all.  It’s just there - there to fill up its little three-minute time slot at radio before yielding its place to a Diet Coke commercial.  Aside from the lifeless lyrics and pedestrian melody, one of the biggest reasons this single sinks like a stone is the way Shelton steps back during the chorus and lets a washout of thrashing Adult Contemporary rock guitars and strings drown him out in a swamp of noisy sonic nothingness.  It’s not even good pop music or rock music, and it doesn’t scan as any form of country music in even the vaguest sense.  It’s just one giant mess of bleh.

What does it say about our genre format that we expect so little of our top hitmakers?  It’s hard to hold out any measure of hope for the country genre’s future as long as its premiere male vocalist remains content to keep dishing out country radio’s most played elevator music.

BLAKE’S SCORE:  3
(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Reviews, Single Reviews

 

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4 responses to “Blake Shelton – “Over”

  1. Joy Frimmer

    May 7, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    You may not think it is good, but it is one of the best songs he has ever done.

     
  2. Minky Dil

    May 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    It is obvious this reviewer still plays Merle Haggard 8 tracks and has probably never written a successful song, or listened to one by an artist without a Stetson hat. Ask yourself Mr. Foster, where has ALL music gone, only to become vapid harmonic mediocrity. Really, Red Solo Cup? Banjo? ANYTHING by Taylor Swift? And you are going to rag on a guy that is successful at actually turning more people than any other current artist into country music lovers? Taylor Swift isn’t country if that was your response. Something tells me you love her in all her glory, shame on you. Blake Shelton is someone who has been working at his craft, has the country music world by the conjones right now and will continue to assist in keeping the genre alive and prospering. Radio loves the guy! Fans love the guy! TV loves the guy! The media loves the guy! YOU don’t like contemporary country music, point blank. So don’t listen to it, don’t even bother to review it. Just let it become the hit that it will be and sit back and wait until something YOU like gets re released on a standard media format. The song actually boosted his album sales back up by 50% on the Billboard charts. You write something that does that and I’ll read your word press blog and count you as a country music reviewer. I’m with Joy, it is one of the best songs he has ever done. You maybe surprised that country music fans can relate to subjects other than trucks, dogs, beer, boots, drinking, trains, jail, mama, and Taylor Swift!
    Signed,
    Blake Shelton Country Music Fan (there are millions of us)
    I just noticed you have 128 followers… maybe you should have recorded “Over”, you might have some more ;-)

     
    • Ben Foster

      May 8, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      And you are going to rag on a guy that is successful at actually turning more people than any other current artist into country music lovers?

      How exactly is Blake Shelton doing that? Would you care to back that statement up? Further, how is that supposed to factor into a review of Shelton’s current single? (which, by the way, has nothing to do with The Voice, or Taylor Swift for that matter)

      YOU don’t like contemporary country music, point blank.

      Had you bothered to verify that statement by looking through my previous reviews, you would have seen how erroneous it is, as I do post positive reviews on a regular basis.

      So don’t listen to it, don’t even bother to review it. Just let it become the hit that it will be and sit back and wait until something YOU like gets re released on a standard media format.

      If I only discussed music I liked, and ignored the existence of all else, I would not be reviewing; I would be cheerleading.

      At any rate, it seems you have taken a simple and trivial difference of opinion, and blown it out of proportion, responding with a long-winded barrage of weak speculation and petty jabs. If I were you, I would want to represent Blake Shelton’s fans a little better than that.

       
  3. Hoggy from Oz

    May 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    “If I only discussed music I liked, and ignored the existence of all else, I would not be reviewing; I would be cheerleading.”

    Brilliant Ben. Truly.

    As for the first two comments (particularly the second), I vehemently (and know I risk getting shot at) disagree. I like Blake and think he is a great ambassador for Country music, but this song is definitely not a good indication of the best (or even the average) of country music or Blake’s ability. Blake’s done significantly better songs before (“Some Beach”, “Who Are You When You’re Not Looking”, “Home”, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”, Goodbye Time”, “Red River Blue”, “Delilah” to name some off the top of my head), but this one comes nowhere close lyrically or production-wise. I’d love, as I’m sure would Ben, to hear why you think this song is so good, but don’t attack the reviewer and make uninformed/irrelevant statements.

     

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