By Rebekah Deponte |Staff Writer|
Blake Shelton was the center of many tabloids in 2015, a year of relationship drama and rumors for the artist, starting with his divorce and ending with his new relationship.
“If I’m Honest,” Shelton’s ninth studio album was released May 20 and was inspired by the events that have happened in his life during the past year.
The country album features songs about heartbreak, new found love, and a few typical country songs about beer, farms, and religious faith.
The album opens up with a party song, “Straight Outta Cold Beer,” which reflects on the good times and the artist’s country roots.
It then moves into multiple songs about heartbreak, which coincide with Shelton’s divorce from fellow country artist and wife of four years, Miranda Lambert.
His songs start shifting from a sad and defeated tone to a happy and hopeful one.
These late love songs are most likely about his new fling with Shelton’s “The Voice” co-host, Gwen Stefani.
The album even has a track featuring Stefani titled, “Go Ahead And Break My Heart.”
Shelton leaves listeners with a gospel song called, “Savior’s Shadow,” as the conclusion to the record.
This is the perfect closing for such an emotional album and year for the artist.
“Savior’s Shadow” is Shelton saying that despite everything that has happened, he stands by his Christian faith and believes that he is always being looked out for by his God.
This album is much different from Shelton’s earliest work, but he proves once again that he is growing both in his personal life and his music career.
Fans may not have gotten a look into the dirty details of Shelton’s drama-filled life, but they did get a cohesive country album that has several hits worth adding onto both happy and sad playlists.