Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Blake Shelton

  • Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill [Warner Bros., 2004] **
  • Pure BS [Warner Bros., 2007] *
  • Startin' Fires [Warner Bros., 2008] Dud
  • Hillbilly Bone [Warner Bros., 2010] Dud
  • Red River Blue [Warner Bros., 2011] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill [Warner Bros., 2004]
Humanist country, Bobby Braddock-style ("Cotton Pickin' Time," "The Bartender"). **

Pure BS [Warner Bros., 2007]
Committed to cliché rehab with all his country soul ("The More I Drink," "I Don't Care"). *

Startin' Fires [Warner Bros., 2008] Dud

Hillbilly Bone [Warner Bros., 2010] Dud

Red River Blue [Warner Bros., 2011]
Although his big voice bogs down making his songwriters' big emotions sound deep, their jokes he's got the attitude for ("Hey," "Get Some") **

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