My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Single Review: Blake Shelton – ‘I Lived It’

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a Blake Shelton single I actually liked, but here comes this track from his current album Texoma Shore which is his newest radio single. Even more surprisingly, it’s co-written by Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman.

A gentle understated melody and arrangement leads into a relective lyric about childhood memories. Things that seemed annoying at the time are seen in retrospect with love as things that made the protagonist who he is today.

There’s not a lot more to it, but the details are specific and lovingly recalled, painting a completely believable picture of a suburban Southern upbringing. Musically, it’s also recognisably country music with no extraneous elements.

This might not be a standout in past generations, but heard today it’s a real step in the right direction.

Grade: a slightly generous A-

One response to “Single Review: Blake Shelton – ‘I Lived It’

  1. Curt January 23, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Sorry, but Mr. Shelton cashed in his validity points with the “chew tobacco, spit” nonsense, and probably long before then. He’s a novelty act, without the novelty.

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