If I'm Honest

If I'm Honest

by Blake SheltonBlake Shelton


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Blake Shelton veered toward the somnolent on the quite pleasing Bringing Back the Sunshine so it's not entirely surprising its 2016 sequel, If I'm Honest, is a bit crisper and livelier. Some of this brightening in attitude may be due to him lightening his load following a much-publicized 2015 divorce from singer Miranda Lambert -- certainly the title suggests it's time for the singer to get down to what's real -- but the electronic sheen and good times also feel like a reaction to Shelton sliding too deeply into softness. If If I'm Honest is indeed a divorce album, it's a Back in the High Life, not a Blood on the Tracks: Shelton is seizing the day, embracing his new lease on life with renewed vigor and a new love, who just happens to stop by to sing "Go Ahead and Break My Heart." Gwen Stefani's presence offers a reminder that Shelton stars on the televised singing competition The Voice, and If I'm Honest is targeted more at the mainstream audience attracted by the show than country radio proper. That's evident not only on "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," which is an adult contemporary hit by any other name, but also a song featured in The Angry Birds Movie ("Friends," a pop tune graced by banjo), a preponderance of glimmering ballads, and smirking good-old-boy humor. Shelton usually has enough swagger to let these jokes land with a crooked smile, evidenced by the heavy-handed wordplay of "She's Got a Way with Words" and the not necessarily pro-environment puns of "Green." Shelton remains appealing when he raises a little hell but like Bringing Back the Sunshine before it, If I'm Honest is at its core a balladeer's record, and Shelton pulls off these romance tunes with a sly, masculine grace that complements the album's sleek modern surfaces.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624920038
catalogNumber: 555352
Rank: 5510

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Shelton   Primary Artist
Jeff Balding   Horn Engineer
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Charles Dixon   Violin
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Electroacoustic)
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Roy Agee   Trombone
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
Paul DiGiovanni   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Bukavoc   Electric Guitar
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer
Emily Nelson   Cello
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar
Jom Horn   Saxophone
Jessica Blackwell   Violin
Hari Bernstein   Viola
Steve Herrmann   Trumpet
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Overstreet   Composer
Marc Beeson   Composer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
George Teren   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Jon Randall   Composer
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Gwen Stefani   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Mark Irwin   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Mike Busbee   Composer
Park Chisolm   Composer
Kevin Harper   Engineer
Blake Shelton   Composer
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Paul DiGiovanni   Programming
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Andy Albert   Composer
Matt Dragstrem   Composer
Busbee   Composer
Wyatt Earp   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Bryan Simpson   Composer
Marty Dodson   Composer
Charlie Judge   String Arrangements
Zach Crowell   Composer
Jacob Lyda   Composer
Mike Moore   Art Direction
Justin Wilson   Composer
Ryan Hurd   Composer
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Programming

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