Blake Shelton’s new album ‘If I’m Honest’ lives up to its title, as the country music superstar is opening up about the songs which he admits document both his divorce from Miranda Lambert and his romance with Gwen Stefani.
Already this year is seeing a trend in albums. Much like the confessional poets of decades past, we’ve seen quite a few music artists documenting breakups, and new relationships and tensions in existing relationships. Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ is causing a stir, as it has been sending the social media world on a mission to find ” Becky with the good hair.”
But before that, there was Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is what The Truth Feels Like’ documenting her split from husband Gavin Rossdale and newfound relationship with Blake Shelton.
Now with ‘If I’m Honest,’ it’s Blake Shelton’s turn. At this point, he could hardly get away with an album of songs disconnected from the public-knowledge facts of his recent life. His sudden divorce last year from fellow country music superstar Miranda Lambert, and months later, the romance with Gwen Stefani that unfolded as the two of them were coaches on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ as the reality television series adopted a new plot line that season.
As the L.A. Times reports, at his album release party, held in Burbank, CA at the iHeartRadio Theater, he told the audience, “I figure since everyone else is cashing in on my life, I might as well get some of that too.”
Yes, that’s literal truth, as tabloids and celebrity news outlets alike were already even before his divorce, frequently running stories about the supposed marital trouble and cheating and so on of the former couple.
He spoke out about the title he chose, saying, “I just want to tell the truth about what happened.” He also revealed that he had wanted to use the word “truth” in his album title, but his new love, Stefani had already used it in her album title.
While they may have dueling albums and dueling album titles, the new couple has also a musical duet in ‘Go Ahead and Break My Heart,’ and a much-talked about television performance, filled with palpable chemistry, (video below) on that very show, ‘The Voice,’ that brought them together.
The song appears on Shelton’s new album. In an interview with Extra TV, he said, ” “It’s not like anything I think that she and I have ever done before. This is such an honest song just about kind of how we got started.”
He went on to explain how the song came about. He said, ““Originally, when I started the song, I was just, I was only trying to impress her, you know, just trying to write her a song to get her excited about me, and I sent her the song half-finished and she wrote the other half of the song, so it’s such a 50/50 emotionally-invested thing.”
He also opened up about a song on the album, “I Bet You Still Think About Me.” Dispelling any possible doubt — surely there wasn’t any, but just in case — he did confirm it is about his ex-wife Miranda Lambert. He said, “It’s basically what it sounds like.”
Elaborating, he went on to say, “At some point, whether you go through a divorce or a breakup or whatever, once you get past the anger and the frustration of it all, you kind of go into the sad part of it where it’s just like, ‘Gosh, how come that didn’t work out?'” And that’s what this song is about. ‘Even though stuff didn’t work out, I bet you miss me a little bit.’ It’s a sad song.”
Yes, heartbreak has been a mainstay of pop music songs and albums as a whole. After all, witness the phenomenal success of Adele’s ’19’ and ’21’ albums, and the struggles she herself has admitted over songwriting when she was happy in a relationship, and not heartbroken.
But as did Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton aims to have it both ways with songs of heartbreak and songs of a new and growing romance. The public, clearly, is hooked.
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