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Single Review: Blake Shelton – ‘All About Tonight’

So after just one single, the #1 duet with Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton’s label is abandoning support of his only-just-released ‘SixPak’ Hillbilly Bone in favor of the lead single from the second installment, due in August. The most interesting thing about this release is, sadly, not the song itself, although this is perfectly adequate and better than much of what makes playlists these days, but what it means for the marketing of Blake’s work. It really cannot be designed to sustain the sales of Hillbilly Bone, unless the label plans to return to the latter later on, switching between the two SixPaks.

Blake’s new single, a paean to partying with no thought for the consequences, is a cheerful mid-tempo number which I do at least like better than ‘Hillbilly Bone’, and I believe is written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip.

The protagonist is wilfully ignoring the prospects of a hangover, as he opens the song with the frank admission:

Don’t bother telling me what I got comin’ in the morning
I already know
I got some feel-good pills and a red Gatorade by my bed ready to go

Right now he only cares about the fun he intends to have right now, drinking and dancing until the bar shuts down, then moving on to wherever else in open.

It has a similar superficially good-humored feel masking some slightly unsavory attitudes. What could be more romantic than this drunken approach to a woman?

Hey pretty thing, I’ve been looking at you since the moment that you walked in
I’ve got some wild ass buddies that love spending money
And I see you brought a couple of friends
Just tell me your name, I don’t need your number or a date next Saturday

It is only thanks to Blake’s charm that this comes across as good-humored rather than offensive.

Blake’s voice sounds really good and the production is not overdone, so this is perfectly listenable, apart from a very slightly irritating a-ha interjected in the middle. If more substantial material was on offer alongside it, either on the radio, or on the second SixPak, it might even be a refreshingly fun change of pace. But Blake’s recent output has not offered enough variety, and this doesn’t change anything. It is disappointing when he proved earlier in his career that he was capable of better things.

Ultimately this is a song which unintentionally embodies its message – it is fun for the moment but will be forgotten tomorrow, metaphorically speaking.

Grade: B

Listen to the song.