Album Review

Blake Shelton, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine': Track-by-Track Review

On Bringing Back The Sunshine, the eighth studio disc from Blake Shelton, there are plenty of songs that will go hand in hand with weekend parties and celebrations, but if you look a little deeper into the album, you will see another side of the four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. The uptempo songs are entertaining, but it's the ballad performances that set this disc apart. Read on for Billboard's track-by-track review of Blake Shelton's Bringing Back The Sunshine

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"Bringing Back The Sunshine" – An energetic way to get the album started with some nifty guitar licks, this is four minutes of pure adrenaline rush.

"Neon Light" – With his exuberant and very expressive personality, Blake Shelton can get away with songs that others simply can't. (Take "Boys 'Round Here" for example.) This flows off of the radio, and just works. Is it a lyrical masterpiece? Maybe not, but it does have enough interesting wordplay to keep it compelling. 

"Lonely Tonight" – This track is reminiscent of Shelton's work on albums such as Startin' Fires or Pure B.S. ear candy -- which still stands as some of his best work. The song comes complete with harmony from the outstanding Ashley Monroe.

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"Gonna" - It's a breezy performance about setting the romantic mood. Radio will likely eat this one up. Though it's nothing out of the ordinary, it's definitely not offensive.

"A Girl" – Sometimes the most effective lyrical approaches are the most simple and direct. That's the case with this gem, which details all the crazy things a man just might do in the name of love.

"Sangria"– The steel work from Russ Pahl gives this song a deep and moody feel that is both romantic and dramatic, and also crosses the line into fantastic.

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"Buzzin'" – Infectious guitar sounds make the song work. Though it doesn't plow a lot of new musical ground, the "B-B-B-Buzzin" reference of the chorus make this song memorable. RaeLynn adds some effective harmonies on the cut as well.

"Just South Of Heaven" – One of the more traditional arrangements on the album, this song is simply going to be heard -- and heard often. The odds of the track being a single are about as good as Shelton cracking a joke at Adam Levine's expense on The Voice. It's the artist expressing his sensual side, and doing it quite well!

"I Need My Girl"– On this powerful song, Shelton hits some fancy notes, as the singer allows himself to be perhaps the most vulnerable of any of the cuts on here. The chorus helps to hammer this one out of the proverbial ballpark.

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"Good Country Song" – Strip away all the drum beats, words like "Buzzin'," and you will find that Blake Shelton is one of the most reverent artists about the genre out there today. If you grew up a fan of the format, this one will make you proud, and do a little fist-pumping in the air!

"Anyone Else" – An excellent lyric by Luke Laird, Barry Dean, and Natalie Hemby, you can take this song to be a reflection of the breakdown of a romantic relationship or possibly a statement to the haters that pop up in the business after someone has made it. Whatever the case, Shelton exudes the moment, and wrings passion out of every line.

"Just Gettin' Started" – The album started on a rollicking note with the title cut, so it would stand to reason that Shelton would end the disc in a blaze of glory by going out like he came in. Though there's nothing terribly complex about it from a lyrical standpoint, it doesn't take a nuclear physicist to know that this cut will no doubt get a Blake Shelton concert kicked off in 2015!