Album Review

Blake Shelton: “Red River Blue’’

By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / July 12, 2011

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In a stroke of excellent timing, country star Blake Shelton’s new album arrives on the heels of the success of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,’’ on which the Oklahoman serves as a musician coach-judge. On the show he proved himself likable, funny, sharp, and able to perform in several styles alongside fellow judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine of Maroon 5. If only Shelton was delivering a better product to all those potential new fans. This amiable set of pop-country hits all the expected buttons. There is the good-natured jaunt of single “Honey Bee,’’ the jokey drinking song “Get Some,’’ and the tailor-made wedding ballad “God Gave Me You.’’ But for all its midtempo geniality and good humor (at one point Shelton offers to not only hold doors and purses for his loved one but also pick up “feminine products’’ for her) the album fails to dazzle. Shelton continues to shine as a singer, especially on the heartfelt “I’m Sorry’’ and the title track, a tender duet with wife Miranda Lambert. (Out today)

ESSENTIAL “Red River Blue’’

Blake Shelton plays the Comcast Center with Brad Paisley on July 16.