'Loaded: The Best Of Blake Shelton' HumpHead

Another collection of songs gather together in a hits package. This one has sleeve notes from Shelton and gives some perspective to the song choices. At the heart is Shelton who again has a voice that has fits with the requirements for country radio. He has a good voice but here there is a sense that everything has been polished to perfection which means he lacks some grit but has delivered. Production has been handled by some veteran producers who know the real thing when they hear it including Bobby Braddock, Brent Rowan and Scott Hendricks. A song like Baby has orchestration and was a number one song and is in complete contrast with Playboys Of The Southwestern World which is a "let's go to Mexico" type of fun song that Shelton didn't do well at radio but was an in concert favourite and you can see why. Equally aimed at the fun side of thinks is the Paul Overstreet co-write Some Beach which has some of that Jimmy Buffett vibe beloved of Nashville lately. Totally different is his version of a song he saw Conway Twitty do on tv. It's a big ballad and he gives it a big performance. Another ballad with a emotional vocal is Don't Make Me, his cover of Home, a Michael Bublé song continues the ballad theme in a orchestrated songs that a lot less country than anything here but shows Shelton's vocal skills. Again contrasting with the good ol' boy fun time attitude of Hillbilly Bone, a duet with Trace Adkins, and Kiss My Country Ass. The album closes with Who Are You When I'm Not Looking which sees Shelton in a George Strait mode and rounds off a useful collection for new fans and those who like their country music slick and a with a little more soul than they might find else where when they want to get loaded.