Any longtime reader of Country Perspective will know I haven’t really cared for the music of Blake Shelton in the last few years. Shelton had no problem with making bro country and has been trend hopping ever since with his music. It’s felt like ages since he put out a good single. His current If I’m Honest era has certainly drawn my ire in the singles department (and the artwork department for the outright creepiness). Lead single “Came Here to Forget” both bored and annoyed me, not to mention is a lie. Then there was the obnoxious, outright mean-spirited “She’s Got A Way With Words,” which led to me writing a parody of it. Third single “A Guy with a Girl” was forgettably mediocre. So now that brings us to the album’s fourth single “Every Time I Hear That Song.” Right way we get an annoying electronic, almost buzzing-like sound to open the song. Thankfully it mostly fades away and the song for the most part maintains a safe pop country sound. The song is about how every time the guy hears a song it brings him back to the memories of a past relationship, where the highs and lows of it put him through an emotional roller coaster. It’s a song that relies heavily on the nostalgia factor, that the listener is supposed to really be drawn by. I would be more drawn in if we didn’t get these annoying vocal effects in the chorus (“On your front lawn and oh-oh-oh, I still think about you oh-oh-oh”). It’s just unnecessary and takes away from the song. The lyrics do at least provide solid emotional context and saves the song from being completely weighed down by unnecessary production elements. “Every Time I Hear That Song” is an okay song and while not a high bar to clear, it’s the best single he’s released from If I’m Honest (not counting Christian radio single “Savior’s Shadow” of course).
Recommend? – Eh it’s worth a listen I guess
Written by Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren and Brett Warren