Blake Shelton – “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”

Brady Vercher | August 1st, 2008

Blake Shelton Songwriters: Jennifer Adan and Corey Batten

While the recording of “Home” could be considered an artistic endeavor for Blake Shelton, he reaches a little too far on his next single, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone.” After reviewing Pat Green and Toby Keith’s latest offerings, I made a remark about expecting to see more singles of their nature released. By that remark, I was referring to songs that place style over substance, and this song continues that trend. It’s all about nailing the melody rather than providing a legitimate interpretation that accentuates the lyrical content, although Shelton does do a pretty good job of injecting what limited emotion he can.

Nevertheless, this is the kind of performance and song that won’t be remembered a couple of years down the road, much less when Shelton is no longer recording. Rather than play the game and achieve temporary success, Shelton has the talent to leave behind a legacy if he chooses the right material, and that’s what makes a release like this disappointing.

Thematically, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” would have fit well on Pure BS–give “What I Wouldn’t Give” a listen and notice the similarities–so it doesn’t make much sense to release a single from a new album when the previous album had plenty of better songs that might have helped push it to Gold status, just like his previous three albums. It’s also odd that WB would only have two planned single releases from the original album before allowing Shelton to record “Home” and issue a reprint.

In addition, Shelton’s phrasing and breathing are awkward enough to not make the song easily memorable or singable, decreasing it’s chances at chart success. He certainly doesn’t have the advantage of automatic spins like Rascal Flatts or Kenny Chesney, so this comes across as pandering to the radio audience, but considering the direction producer Scott Hendricks went with Chris Cagle’s latest album, it’s nothing new.

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  1. Drew
    August 1, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    The song is definitely not memorable, I agree. It just moves too fast and the lyrics are flying by you without being able to take them in. He hits the ending of the chorus with the title lyrics very well, and actually, he almost always does, but the rest of the song is just not very pleasant to listen to.

  2. Paula
    August 1, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I like it. I especially like the quirky melody. Although there were a couple of places where his voice seemed a bit strained, overall I give it a thumbs up. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 7.5 on the first listen. I’ll play it again later at home where I can turn it up louder and really hear everything (cant do that at work!)

  3. Patti
    August 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    When I first heard it, I liked it. Then the chorus was stuck in my head all day. The more I hear it, the more I like it. I love the vibe of the song, overall. Thumbs up from me! :)

  4. Connie
    August 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I love that Blake isn’t afraid to make new music.
    Very refreshing to me that he takes risks with that strong voice of his.

  5. Kim
    August 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I loved this song too upon first listen. I think it’s very catchy and I’m hoping it does well for him.

  6. leeann
    August 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I actually liked this song, but I think that his voice is too strong sometimes.It almost seems like he’s getting ready to punch a wall or something with the way he punctuates some of his words. I’ve never liked the way he sang Chris Knight’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Me”, because of the way he punctuated the words like “work” and “jerk” with such force. I do like his powerful voice, though, and was surprised with the treatment that Pure BS received, since it had some potential hits that were unreleased.

  7. Moris
    August 1, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Your review sucked, you must be some kind of nut. That is the best song of his career, I have listened to it about 40 times and the more I hear it the more I want to hear it. I wake up in the middle of the night and it is going in my head, I can’t get enough. And Mr. Shelton will be around forever with that voice of his, he is the only artist out there that can put enough emotion into a song and bring it to life. He is GREAT!

  8. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Precisely what kind of nut are you, Brady? I’ve been wondering that myself.

  9. Brady Vercher
    August 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I was trying to figure out what I was and I think I might be an acorn.

  10. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    See, that’s the problem with your reviews Brady. You don’t listen to the songs enough times for the subliminal messages to work.

  11. Drew
    August 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    How can this song be running through your head? I’ve heard it probably 10 times and still can’t sing along (yes, I love to sing along! haha) since the majority of the lyrics aren’t spoken clearly or slowly enough.

  12. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I’m more of a “chest nut,” if you catch my meaning.

  13. Hollerin' Ben
    August 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    ouch.

  14. Chris N.
    August 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Don’t forget to tip your waiters, folks!

  15. LeeAnn S.
    August 1, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Blake just has a really rich vocal that, like Joe Nichols, he often wastes on subpar material. Great review here. I agree. It is different and that’s cool to stretch your wings and whatnot, but I just don’t find it vocally appealing. I don’t hate it, but I don’t really care if I ever hear it again.

  16. Rick
    August 1, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Well with the ringing endorsements of posters named Patti, Connie, & Kim I have to conclude that Blake’s good looks and charm have cast a spell over female listeners like a country Svengali! (lol) The song is okay but Blake is capable of soooo much better. There were a handful of songs on “Barn and Grill” superior to this but they were sadly “Too Country” for the schlock loving programmers at airhead country radio.

    I really like Blake as an artist and I get concerned that releasing lackluster singles may shorten his radio career prematurely. I think Miranda is distracting him and he needs to let her go (say to Southern California) to get his focus and judgement back on track…..(lol)

  17. Jaime
    August 1, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I’ll just lay it out there: I like this song because Blake is cute and the 15-year-old girl in me thinks, wow, how cool would it be to have that hunky guy so anguished about meeeeee….

    Ah, got carried away there for a minute.

  18. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    That’s okay Jaime, the 15-year-old in me snerks, “Yeah, but Blake, you were banging Miranda The Jailbait. She probably still would have left.”

  19. Jaime
    August 1, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Stormy, as 15-year-olds I just don’t think our friendship would have worked. :)

  20. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I was that whole Sassy/Daria scene.

  21. Michelle
    August 1, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve listened to this song several times now and I love it– Patti’s right, the lyrics do get stuck in your head. I hope Blake proves you wrong & this one is another hit for him!

  22. Rick
    August 1, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Stormy, I was more of the Cornjulio scene myself….

  23. Stormy
    August 1, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Daria was a spawn of Beevis and Butthead.

  24. Paula
    August 1, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Ok, so I’m beginning to think I am the oldest one on this board. :-(

  25. Rick
    August 1, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Paula, I’m 52 so you’re a kid in my book! (ie kid = anyone under 50 at this point. lol) Cornjulio is also a Beavis & Butthead reference from the “Beavis & Butthead Do America” movie just in case you didn’t know….

  26. Paula
    August 1, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Oh goodie! I’m a kid for three more years!!!

  27. becky
    August 1, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    i agree with connie, i like it that Blake takes risks and doesn’t sound like a “cookie cutter” musician where all his songs sound alike, as for instance, kenny chesney, not saying i don’t like him, just saying all his songs have that same familiar sound. keith urban is kind of like that too and i’m sure the list goes on & on

  28. Stephen H.
    August 1, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I agree, Blake doesn’t have all his songs alike. This one just happens to sound alike to a Toby Keith song, instead.

  29. Todd
    August 2, 2008 at 1:52 am

    I’m a big Blake fan but I don’t like this song at all,it’s not quite up to his usually high standards. I really don’t like the instrumental arrangement or his delivery of the verse. However I do like the chorus, but that’s the only part of the song that does anything for me.

  30. Drew
    August 2, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Wow, lotta fans of this song it seems. I think Blake is one artist who the charts have treated fairly, as his best songs have peaked at the top of the charts, while his other stuff hasn’t done so well. I guess we’ll find out how this does. I just don’t think it measures up when listening to Blake’s great work, varying from a super ballad in “Don’t Make Me” to the fun “Some Beach”.

  31. Lucas
    August 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Not the worst song, but not the best song either.

  32. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Like Rick, I think Barn And Grill was Blake’s best album. I don’t think Miranda is bringing him down though, since her work and music tastes are over all less mainstream than Blake’s. I’m actually surprised that Blake isn’t more popular with radio, since his music fits very well into the mainstream format. While I like Blake, it’s not like his music is any smarter or or less slick than much of what their playing these days.

  33. Lynn
    August 2, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve always been a big fan of Blake’s music. However, I have not liked his last two offerings. His near carbon copy re-make of “Home” really put me off, and this one does nothing for me either. Unlike a lot of singers, Blake is great with lyrics (which is why many of his songs do well on radio), but he doesn’t take his time with the lyrics here and I don’t like the production. Overall, this is too Rascal Flatts for Blake. He’s still great, but if he puts out an album of songs just like this one, I won’t buy it.

  34. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Hmmm…I’ve never thought of Blake’s work as being too lyrically special, including this one.

    I enjoy him, but the last released song that I’ve really, really liked by him was “Some Beach”, which was more than a couple of years ago now.

  35. Daniel
    August 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    anybody that don’t like this song has something wrong in their ears. I absolutely love it!!!! It might be my favorite so far. It’s about time he changed his music so he can be more like the people that sing “Bob YOur Head”.
    And as far as “Home” being on country radio, I never heard the song before then, so I see nothing wrong with redoing it so Country music folk can hear a great song too. THe Today Show liked Blake’s version better and I did too after going and hearing the pop guy sing it.

  36. Jeff
    August 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    You know it don’t matter if you liked “Home” or not, it went to #1 for 2 weeks so what does that tell you? You MORON

  37. Angie
    August 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    If Home was such a carbon copy, why did a lot of people like Blake’s version better then Buble?

  38. Brad
    August 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    If “Home is so awful why has it been #1 for 2 weeks on billboard and GAc #1 video for 4 weeks? Some people just can’t stand for a guy who has worked so hard get a little bit of recognition

  39. Don
    August 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    You need to turn that thumbs down up and into your A–!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Uh oh!

  41. Stormy
    August 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    That’s okay, I know how to deal with this:

    Daniel: My ear has a small external infection where a friend’s kid pulled on my earring and ripped the piercing a little. Is THAT why I don’t like this song?

    Jeff & Brad: It tells us that Home went to #1 for 2 weeks. What was is supposed to tell us? Is this going to be one of those two planes pass problems Cause I always hated those.

    Angie: How come some people liked Micheal Buble’s version better? And why did I hate both and rebelliously download Joe Diffie and Marc Broussard’s songs by the same name? And why did Doughtry’s song Home do better then all other songs called Home combined, despite it being wuss rock and Chris being kind of a tool? These are the mysteries we may never know.

    Don: Can you please provide Brady with a thumbs to letter grade and exclamation point conversion chart?

  42. Drew
    August 2, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    If he’s worked so hard Brad, then how come he doesn’t write any of his own songs and also chooses a cover of a pop/AC song for a single? Don’t make it seem like BS works any harder than all the country acts out there.

  43. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I have to interject that Blake technically does write some of his own songs. They’re just not often released for some reason. I wish they had released “I Have Been Lonely” from Pure BS, a song he wrote with Rachel Procter. I think he started in Nashville with a publishing deal?

    Stormy,

  44. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Stormy, I think Diffie’s version *is* better than all the other home songs too. Even Alan Jackson’s “Home” isn’t bad.

  45. J.R. Journey
    August 2, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I was always a believer that greatness in any form inspires controversy. But now it’s apparent to me that crap in all its forms can also be just as inspiring …

  46. J.R. Journey
    August 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Oh, wait. I just thought of something else: So many posters on here are pointing out a song’s chart success as a genuine ‘reason’ the song is good. Have any of you people making these claims turned on your radio these days? By your logic then, every piece of Rascall Flatts bad-as-watered-down whiskey songs or Taylor Swift’s prom queen anthems are also classics.

  47. Stormy
    August 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Leeann: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV_eeDKzqlM
    is my favorite Home, but Joe’s is a close second.

  48. Chris N.
    August 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    There should be a warning at the top of every comment thread:

    Please do not use the following to defend a song:
    a) Chart position
    b) Sales numbers
    c) Assertions that “every song doesn’t have to be a masterpiece”
    d) Explanations that it was inspired by a friend or relative with a life-threatening disease
    e) Excessive usage of exclamation points
    f) Abuse of the CAPS LOCK key

    *Applies to songwriters only

  49. Chris N.
    August 2, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Damn! Imagine there’s an asterisk after d).

  50. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Stormy,

    That’s pretty catchy! I think I’ll go and download it too.:) I’m not familiar with his music, except for his duet with LeAnn Rimes.

    Chris N, I agree.

  51. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    PS. I love to hear a good “story behind a song”, but I want it to be relevant and don’t want it to be manipulative or speculative.

  52. Thomas
    August 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    buying an ipod may be a waste of money then. those remaining three songs you can probably learn by heart.

  53. Stormy
    August 2, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I pods are a waste of money anyway. Creatives are cheaper and then zen has a radio.

  54. Lynn
    August 2, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Leeann – I didn’t mean that the lyrics to Blake’s songs are particularly special, I just have always really liked his delivery. I didn’t like his delivery on this song. Listen to “Austin” and then this song. However, it’s very likely that it’s just the song and the production that mess it up for me. But, I’m just a moron, so what do I know? ;)

    Stormy: Broussard’s “Home” is definitely my favorite of the three “Homes”! The rest of his album, however, is nothing to write home about.

  55. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Stormy,
    Okay, I found an eight minute version of Broussard’s “Home.” Is it the right one? I can’t tell by the clip; it doesn’t sound the same as your youtube link.

    Lynn, I get ya now. I agree…but I don’t agree that you’re a moron. Everytime I read or hear that word, though, I think of how Reba always said it on her sitcom! So, then I have to laugh.

  56. J.R. Journey
    August 2, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Reba said it like 2 guys’ names – Moe Ron.

  57. Stormy
    August 2, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Leeann: Mine clocks in at 5:05 so I would guess no. Its off the cd Carencro.

    Lynn: Tell me about it. I have never been more diappointed in a cd in my entire life than I was in the rest of Carencro.

  58. Brian
    August 3, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Anyone else think this has a “Josh Gracin” feel to it? I would like to hear him sing this song actually.

  59. Paul W Dennis
    August 3, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Jim Reeves recorded a song titled “Home” (writtn by Roger Miller) that was a pretty good song. I prefer it to the other “Home” songs although the Joe Diffie song is a very close second

  60. Homebody
    August 3, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I think my favorite home song is “Home”- a country ballad that Bonnie Raitt recorded on her Sweet Forgiveness album. The writer, Karla Bonoff, does an OK version too.

  61. Rick
    August 3, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Since we’re on the topic of good songs titled “Home”, I’ll toss in a plug for the song from Harmony James. Harmony is an indie Aussie country artist who works as a government animal welfare agent in the Northern Territory. “Home” is one of the four fine songs on Harmony’s 2007 debut EP and is currently climbing the Aussie country radio charts. I don’t think there is a music video but two of the other songs “Tailwind” and “Somebody Stole My Horse” do have music videos on YouTube. The videos are super low budget, but Harmony is an indie artist after all…..

    Harmony’s 4 EP songs can be listened to in their entirety with great sound quality at:

    http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=93161

    Stormy, I think you’d like this gal…

  62. Stormy
    August 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I do.

  63. Thomas
    August 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    careful with these “i do” answers, stormy

  64. Mirandas2cool
    August 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I to am a big BS fan, but this one is not so great to me. I wish he would have released one more from Pure BS. Like “This cant be good” or something.

  65. Mirandas2cool
    August 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Also, Stormy the Miranda remark up there was not called for.

  66. Stormy
    August 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Thomas: Its okay, I have an all occasions pre-nup.

    Miranda: But it was funny.

  67. Brian
    August 4, 2008 at 1:25 am

    still think this sounds like a josh gracin song

  68. LeeAnn S.
    August 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Stormy: I agree. Marc Broussard’s “Home” is the best of all the “homes.” But I am gaga over pretty much anything he does.

    LeeAnn: You will not be sorry familiarizing yourself with Broussard’s catalog.

    Chris N: Nice guidelines. I concur and thanks for making me chuckle over the remembrance of the Aimee Mayo thread.

    Blake Shelton: Oh, yeah, he was the subject of the thread topic. I think he has great song stylings. I just want him to pick better songs to style. :)

  69. Courtney Elise
    August 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I think it’s a pretty good song. It’s not his best song and there were a lot of other good ones on Pure BS, but this isn’t going to be killing anybody (like “She’s A Hottie” stupidest song).

  70. Mirandas2cool
    August 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    The more i hear this song, the more im liking it. Although i think pretty much all of Blakes stuff is well above par of most of the other male country singers these days.

  71. Bobby
    August 10, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Anyone think that parts of this sound like “More Than a Memory” at 45 RPM?

  72. Briana
    August 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    this song is fricken amazing!!
    it is one of my absolute favorites by him.
    he is amazing ehn i hope that he keeps making amazing songs..

  73. Derrick
    August 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I agree with you… Shelton definitely has the potential to leave a legacy… although he’s not there yet. And great comment regarding Chris Cagle’s producer. He’s one of the guys attempting to push Nashville country into the lap of 90s pop/rock… while Third Eye Blind was a great band, the last thing I want to hear is an eventual cover of “Semi-Charmed Life” with fiddles and banjos mixed in.

  74. Mary
    August 15, 2008 at 9:21 am

    The thing that you all don’t understand about Blake is that he is not afraid to choose a song that he feels suits him best. I know Blake personally, and he truly thinks about his song choices that will suit him and his listeners. Blake is purely country and will never be the Rascal Flatts or Kenny Chesney that you all think that he should be. He won’t ever go to the more “Pop Style Country”. Blake has the most incredible voice probably in the country music industry. He honestly tries to put out the best music that will show his vocal ability and also be a song that his fans will love. I love this song because it take him to a new level of his musical ability. His vocal talent is truly amazing and this song shows it. He took it to a new level of not doing the typical “country – i lost my dog” type of country but taking it to a different country level for him but still staying true to what he believes in. I am very proud of you Blake!

  75. Laura
    September 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Props to Cory Batten and Jennifer Aden for co-writing this song! I read every single post on this page and if you all thought Blake did a good job singing it, you should hear Cory sing it. I agree that this song tested Blake’s vocal abilities, and he needs a song like this to show off his voice. If you hear Cory sing it, maybe you would understand where Blake comes from with the way in which he sings “She Wouldn’t Be Gone”. Cory has an amazing voice with an incredible range and Blake was smart to imitate him. So great job, Blake! The real congrats goes to Cory and Jennifer for mixing up the traditional country sound to create a unique one! By the way, just because you can’t sing along with it doesn’t make it a bad song….you just need to hear it a few more times to catch the flow of it. I did! Now go listen to Cory and try to catch a show in Nashville!

  76. Sam
    January 25, 2009 at 10:47 am

    In the end, thank God it’s not the critics that matter. Looks like this song has a very good chance at number one, officially holding at number 3, but still increasing it’s airplay on radio….
    If you want a really bad country song that was a hit in spite of itself, how about Garth Brooks and “More than a Memory” easily one of the worst #1 songs ever and only achieved it by the hype of new music from a legend…

  77. Stormy
    January 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Sam: But is Blake Shelton’s album doing well enough to afford a #1 song?

  78. Nicolas
    January 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    @Stormy: The album could go up in sales if the song hits #1

  79. Stormy
    January 25, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    But given the cost of a #1 single in todays market will the sales offset the money spent?

  80. Nicolas
    January 25, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    It depends…

    Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut started out pretty average in sales, then “Our Song” hit #1, and BOOM! Now she has 3x Platinum album

  81. Connie
    February 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    How nice that Blake just brought this song “She wouldn’t Be Gone” to #1 for two weeks.

    His video is in heavy rotation on GAC besides being $1 the TOP 20.

  82. Michelle
    February 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    In my previous post on Aug.1, I said that I hoped that Blake would prove the reviewer wrong. He did and I am very happy for him. 2 weeks at #1!! =)

  83. Connie66321
    February 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I agree with the other Connie. Two back to back #1 songs, someone besides the hardcore BSers like the tunes he is choosing.

    If Blake ever wears flip flops and sings all of his songs under a palm tree, I will probably have to vomit. (picture that one! HA!)

  84. Deedles
    February 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    well, I see that this song isn’t “disapointing” to his fans, and instead is a #1. I for one, knew it was a hit.

  85. Ann
    February 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Way to go Blake! I love this song! Blake’s voice is always right on key and you never have to question what he is singing….you can understand every word! Blake is one of the few artists that is as good or better live than he is on the cd. He doesn’t need all the gimmicks to make his voice sound better. I’m so glad his songs don’t sound like clones of each other!

  86. Tanya
    February 7, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I have never heard a song that Blake sings that I didn’t like. He has an awesome voice and knows how to make whatever song he sings come to life. I like to sing along, and I know every word to She Wouldn’t be gone. Good job Blake!

  87. GodBlessTexas!
    February 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Although I’d have to agree that there were several other hit worthy tunes on Pure BS, I don’t think I’d be the first one to say that SWBG is one of if not THE BEST song Blake has released to date! Not only does he nail it with a strong vocal performance he makes you FEEL what he is singing! Not only did ya miss the boat on this one ya missed the fleet! Blake’s on a roll, with back to back Number #1’s, no thanks to reviews like this, but he’s well on his way to another number one. Blake knows what his fans like, and he never fails to deliver!

  88. Cindy
    February 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I am glad that Blake was able to show that this review was wrong! This is such an emotional song and you feel yourself in the story! Blake is such a talented performer, I don’t believe he can fail! He caters to us fans and plays what we like to hear!

  89. Zach Weber
    February 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I was never a huge Blake Shelton fan. But that changed pretty quickly when I heard this one. I think its the best song of country music right now. The song has good lyrics and a catchy tune.Now i’ve finally realized that BS is such a talented artist. THIS SONG ROCKS.

  90. Paula_W
    February 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    This one has really grown on me. I like it more every time I hear it.

  91. This Guy
    April 7, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I’m not a big fan of the arrangement, but country’s been sorely missing the my-own-damn-fault introspection that made household names of Conway Twitty and George Jones, and Shelton nails it. His soaring “maybe” dovetailing with the driving orchestration near the end of the chorus leans toward cheesy, but it gives just enough doubt to take the song past the woe-is-me usual in mainstream post-millenial country.

  92. wanda
    May 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Blake proved some of you naysayers wrong by taking this tune to the top of the charts. I love it and Blake can sing anything. He is really funny when you see him in interviews, but he looks and sounds great in these serious songs. My alltime favorite is “Home”. Maybe it is because I saw Michael Buble` explain on the Chris Isaak show how he came to write the song. I loved it when Michael Buble` cut it, but I love Blake’s version better.

  93. karen
    July 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I agree with Moris. That review was dead wrong. From the first time I heard that song there was little doubt in my mind that it would be a huge hit. It is so original and Blake does a great job of capturing the emotion. I can sing it with no problem at all. I noticed that women love it, men are mostly critical. Yeah, maybe it’s a chick song. Nothing wrong with that.

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  • luckyoldsun: MH-- "...divisive, dismissive and argumentative." There's a shock. Who'da thunk it.
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  • Tom: ...it is almost the year 2015 - ain't it about time we leave people (celebrities included) having the personal relations …
  • Paul W Dennis: I had assumed that Herndon was gay after the incident that Lucky Old Sun referenced, but bought the next Herndon …
  • Jonathan Pappalardo: For anyone who wants to buy it, the Rosanne Cash 45 is available again. With 1000 copies being created, I …

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