Before a career resurgence that included landing as a coach on “The Voice,” Shelton spent years struggling to establish a ?presence on the country music charts, never creating a style of his own. “Based On A True Story” reveals how much has changed.
The album opens with a hip-hop treatment of the word “redneck,” traversing Shelton’s cross-interests in the rural and the urban, before blasting into the guitar-driven “Boys ’Round Here,” about back-country folk who rock out in the cabs of their pickups. The tune sets the tone for Shelton’s focus on boisterous country rock and emotional ballads that show off his expressive vocals as the Country Music Association entertainer of the year rises to his newfound superstar status with a lighthearted but rollicking album.
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