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Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, who has achieved crossover success on the hit reality TV show “The Voice,” handily serves multiple masters on his seventh studio album.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: March 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013


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Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton handily serves multiple masters on his seventh studio album “Based on a True Story ...”

As much as it might pain his longtime fans, especially Oklahomans who have followed the Ada native's career since the 1990s, Shelton is no longer just a likable country boy with a big voice and even bigger personality. Still, he continues to leverage those assets with affable ease, delivering songs that will appeal to both venerable devotees and newfound fans the Tishomingo resident has gained as a coach on the smash reality TV show “The Voice.”

Despite its rushed feel, Shelton, 36, manages to equalize his expanding sonic horizons and his enduring — although recently questioned — affection for old-school country music with “Based on a True Story ...,” his first album since he truly broke out as a crossover superstar.

The follow-up to his 2011 Grammy-nominated effort “Red River Blue,” which debuted just after Season 1 of “The Voice,” “Based on a True Story ...” also balances his gift as a balladeer with his reputation as a swaggering smart aleck.

The album's chart-topping first single, “Sure Be Cool if You Did,” made it clear that the laid-back country singer would be exploring a more pop-infused sound. The experimentation isn't limited to the leadoff single: Shelton's new “Story” opens with the freewheeling hip-hop beat of “Boys 'Round Here,” which features his wife, Miranda Lambert, and her Pistol Annies bandmates contributing harmony vocals and sassy catcalls.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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