Bringing Back the Sunshine

Bringing Back the Sunshine

by Blake SheltonBlake Shelton


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There was a sense that Blake Shelton needed to prove he was still country on 2013's Based on a True Story, the first album he recorded after turning into a television superstar thanks to his starring role on The Voice. Despite the macho boasts of "Boys Round Here" -- the record's biggest hit -- the songs from True Story that charted were largely ballads, which may be the reason why the album's quick follow-up, Bringing Back the Sunshine, relies on sweetness, not swagger. Underneath the gloss, there are remnants of redneck rhetoric -- drinks mixed in Sonic cups, a reliance on a corny backwoods growl on "Buzzin'" -- but they're just the accent, not the foundation. At its core, Bringing Back the Sunshine is a middlebrow makeout record that can double as a fine morning tonic. Nothing here rocks (although the closing "Just Gettin' Started" tries to work up a full head of steam), nothing is gritty, even the ode to a "Good Country Song," which isn't a slice of hardcore honky tonk but rather a slow-burner in the vein of Keith Whitley and Earl Thomas Conley, who are both name-checked in the tune. This insistent mellowness is the strength of Bringing Back the Sunshine. Shelton has an easy touch with a ballad and he never gets subsumed in the thick overdubs of his midtempo pop songs because his warm, resonant voice anchors them both, making them seem slightly more substantial than mere cannily crafted contemporary country-pop. Yet, that's exactly what Bringing Back the Sunshine is: a state-of-the art country-pop record, a modern update of urban cowboy that works because it never hides its soft aspirations but never makes a fuss about them either.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624934554
catalogNumber: 544918
Rank: 73755

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Shelton   Primary Artist
Mike Henderson   Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Natalie Hemby   Background Vocals
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Barry Dean   Composer
Derek George   Composer
Natalie Hemby   Composer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,overdub engineer
Jess Leary   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
Mark Irwin   Composer
Buddy Owens   Composer
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Sarah Buxton   Composer
Ross Copperman   Composer
Sally Carns Gulde   Art Direction
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Matt Jenkins   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Phil O'Donnell   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Jeneé Fleenor   Composer
Abe Stoklasa   Composer
Kendell Marvel   Composer
Trevor Rosen   Composer
J.T. Harding   Composer
Ryan Hurd   Composer
Brent Anderson   Composer

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