Review – Blake Shelton’s “Came Here To Forget” is a Pointless Lie

Blake Shelton Came Here To Forget

You know I was really wanting to like Blake Shelton again. I thought for sure that Shelton’s divorce from fellow country music superstar Miranda Lambert was the kind of life-changing event that would make him pursue more serious music. After all a divorce is quite serious and something that makes you experience a plethora of emotions. Many artists harness these emotions to create beautiful music. But Blake Shelton? It’s pretty much business as usual with him. This comes after I wrote a lengthy piece on why Shelton deserved another chance and how he could easily realize his full potential again. He could still accomplish this on his album set to come out on May 20, titled If I’m Honest. But if the lead single “Came Here To Forget” is an indication of what the album will be like, then it will definitely fall short.

“Came Here To Forget” is your typical pop and R&B influenced “country” song that isn’t really country. You’ll notice the drum machine loops right away and realize this is just a continuation of Shelton’s painfully boring last album Bringing On The Sunshine. There is absolutely zero heart or soul in the music. It’s robotic, formulaic, paint-by-the numbers in the production, lyrics and instrumentation. And keep in mind this is a sad, drinking song when there’s nothing about the song that attempts to be sad except the cliché lyrics. A country music heartbreak song needs to be emotional and pull at a listeners’ heartstrings. It’s something Shelton is capable of doing. But here all he does is put you to sleep. While his vocals sound good, he sounds completely uninterested throughout the song.

But you know what the biggest problem is with this song? It’s what Shelton had to say about it leading up to its release. In several interviews he said the song was personal and said stuff like this in an interview with Country Countdown USA:

I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, and that’s put all I’ve gone through and put it into music, and I never felt more connected to a record before. When people hear this record, they may not know what happened to me, but they’re gonna know how I felt about it. And that’s exciting for me, to just lay it out there for people.

There’s absolutely nothing personal about this single, except maybe the line about “getting even with her.” We all got to see this lat year at the CMA Awards, which completely backfired in Shelton’s face as he looked like a huge jackass for pulling such a stunt at one of country music’s biggest events of the year. But can you really even say this line was personal? It’s arguable because Blake Shelton had nothing to do with writing this song. You see when someone has a personal song I like to think they wrote it. When I think of a personal song I think of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up,” which he wrote for his wife. I think of Sturgill Simpson’s “Turtles All The Way Down,” where Sturgill writes and sings about his journey of taking drugs and realizing that love is all you really need. These are personal songs. “Came Here To Forget” was written by Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan, who were also responsible for writing one of the worst country songs ever, “Boys ‘Round Here.” I think that says all you need to know about these writers and this song.

Blake Shelton’s “Came Here To Forget” is generic garbage that is devoid of emotion and any semblance of a true country heartbreak song. I’m sure this song is guaranteed to be a hit because Blake Shelton fans don’t have standards and will eat up anything he puts out. Secondly, Shelton is one of the select group of artists that is in country radio’s back pocket and that guarantees him a lot of airplay. There’s not much else to say. You’re better off avoiding this song and listening to almost anything else. Sam Hunt songs at least incite rage. “Came Here To Forget” just makes you wish you had that three minutes and 40 seconds of your life back.

Grade: 2/10

29 thoughts on “Review – Blake Shelton’s “Came Here To Forget” is a Pointless Lie

  1. southtexaspistolero March 9, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Between the “old farts and jackasses” comment and songs like “Boys ‘Round Here,” I really don’t think there’s any going back for Blake Shelton. As one of the biggest stars in the genre, he could be a leader, but he chooses to follow trends and only God knows why. Maybe he just thinks his back is against the wall.

    Here, this’ll make you feel better. Billy Joe Shaver covering Merle Haggard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwxpYEdLZYo

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  2. cjbhab March 9, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    For once, I completely agree with your assessment of this track.
    A lot of the time I find you are a little bit unforgiving but you really drive it home when you say “A country music heartbreak song needs to be emotional and pull at a listeners’ heartstrings”

    What happened to the Blake that sang “Austin” , “The Baby” , “All Over Me” or hidden gems like “The Bartender” or “I Have Been Lonely”

    Blake’s dead to me right now.. I haven’t been impressed for a number of years.

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  3. OlaR March 10, 2016 / 6:06 am

    Blake Shelton, the songwriters & the producer are not even trying to sound, write or produce a song with a country element.
    In an better world “Came Here To Forget” should end Blake Sheltons status as a No.1 artist. On his way out, he can take Dierks Bentley with him. “Somewhere On A Beach” is the point of no return for me.

    Checkout – New Single: Ashley Gearing “Love Can Go To Hell” (Curb Records)
    Co-written by Brandy Clarke. This should be a massive hit. A “pure and simple” ballad. Ashleys best work so far & a +1!

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    • Luke Ortiz March 12, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Totally agree country should give him the boot

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  4. Derek Hudgin March 10, 2016 / 10:49 am

    I just can’t get past his creepy eyes in the single photo.

    I ranted about this in a past Hodgepodge, but I loathe that all these cover photos for singles and albums are simply just model poses. It’s ridiculous how clean and slick that photo looks. I bet more time went into making that photo of Blake look the way looks than it took write, record, and finalize the song.

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  5. Lizzy March 10, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    Everything about this is fake from the picture to his auto tunes vocals! Blake is an artist that has radio pull so you would think he would try to release a deeper song w/ meaning since he has their goodwill. He went on and on in interviews about writing for this album & it being the best ever (even though he says that at every album release) but I guess the need to get his new girlfriend fans to buy it & can’t even think about losing his #1 streak at radio. So sad b/c he can sing but this NEED to be #1 & win the “break up” isn’t doing him any favors.

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  6. Nadia Lockheart March 10, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    The obvious immediate comparison to this, from a thematic standpoint, is Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild’s recent hit, “Home Alone Tonight”.

    Again…………………the blatant immaturity on behalf of all these middle-aged A and B-list entertainers from a songwriting standpoint as of late is absolutely incredible. Why is there even a motive to “get even with” while drinking away heartbreak at a bar? GET OVER IT ALREADY! It leaves me wondering if all these songwriters and the respective narrators indeed are diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder in real life and, much like Donald Trump and Spy Magazine, will still be brooding over the same sore punchlines three decades from now and are no less litigious in their temperaments.

    If this is intended to serve as “a direct look into his life”, then I’m not sure I want to look any further. How is this interesting? How is this inspiring? Why would I want to relate to a a character whose motivation is vengeful as opposed to either diverting his attention elsewhere or mediating the conflict? Granted it might still be a rung above the likes of Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him”, but that’s not saying much at all.

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    And now, when considering the production, Shelton’s remarks on “The Voice” while arguing with Adam Levine just ring more hollow today.

    This song ALSO shares the DNA of “Home Alone Tonight” when it comes to relying on synthetic hip-hop informed drum loops and synthesizers. If anything, it even seems like a regression from “Neon Light” in that, as marred by compromising synthetic production as it was, nonetheless featured some organic country instrumentation. Here, there is no semblance of such instrumentation. Instead, you have a cross between the watery guitars of “Sangria” or “Drink On It”with the droning spaciness of Chase Rice’s “Gonna Wanna Tonight”.

    Shelton doesn’t sound bad, but it isn’t saying much when he isn’t emotionally invested in this track whatsoever. Instead of selling you an emotional tear-in-your-beer number, he seems more interested in the technical aspects of the songwriting: particularly the acrobatic enunciation of the lyrics. I know “Gonna” got a lot of flak here but, as pointless as that song was, Shelton at least sounded invested in that previous single with more energy and inflection than at any point in this track. You could at least buy that he was enjoying himself as he was recording that, which fits into the upbeat subject matter of that song. Here……………….it’s clear Shelton couldn’t care less/ He just wants a hit with a catchy flow and scansion, dammit!

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    Is this as bad as, say, “Boys ‘Round Here”?

    Well, it certainly doesn’t insult your intelligence like that song does. But honestly, I’m finding it hard to decide which is worse because as obnoxious as “Boys ‘Round Here” was………………..he still sold it with a smirk and had ample charisma to at least try and back it up. Sure, it still sucked badly………………..but there can be a case to be made that he was winking as he offered that abomination.

    Here, it’s just an all-around unsettling kind of obnoxiousness. The kind of obnoxiousness that isn’t fun at all and basically screams for sympathy when it isn’t deserved whatsoever. And I’d dare argue that’s worse than merely singing an over-the-top stupid sing-along song.

    Yeah, I don’t particularly like this one bit. I’m thinking a Light to Decent 2 out of 10 for this.

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  7. Luke Ortiz March 12, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Absolutely the worst song I have ever heard. Blake sounds like impressing his new Hollywood friends is important to him. Country should truly give him the boot.

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    • Beverly May 14, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      I love Blakes music and songs and i love this one. No this is definately not the worse. The worse is the one him and Gwen wrote together and sings together that is the worse

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  8. Nadia Lockheart March 14, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    On a side note, does anyone know what the heck a “Colorado hit” is?

    I grew up in Arvada (a suburb to the northwest of Denver) for 17 years………………and I can tell you I’ve never heard that slang/phrase before. Care to enlighten me? 😉

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    • Josh Schott March 14, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      I’m not entirely sure what it is either, but if I had to guess I would say it has something to do with smoking marijuana?

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      • NoahHibiscusEaton March 14, 2016 / 8:16 pm

        Hahaha, that’s definitely an educated guess!

        I even Googled “Colorado hit” after hearing this song for the first time, and not a single match occurred.

        Maybe Blake is desperate to patent his own alcoholic brand? 😉

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    • chrisriehl April 19, 2016 / 8:53 am

      A Colorado Hit is a hit of marijuana. The next line confirms that “gotta keep on keepin it lit”

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    • Erik North June 6, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Well, since Colorado recently voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, I would venture to guess that’s what he means by a “Colorado hit”. However, since I live here in Southern California, that’s just a guess.

      Anyway, he is the King of the Bromeisters–and that’s not a compliment, by the way.

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  9. Sandy March 23, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Wow. I guess you all are Miranda fans. I cant wait for you to eat your words when it hits#1. And you are pretty rude to insult his fans. What do you do? Oh that is right you are a critic. Well those that cant just put down those that do.

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  10. TeddyDinkus April 24, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Sounds like a lot of jealousy is the point here. Obviously you’re not or never have been a Blake Shelton fan. Whose to say that your taste in music just SUCKS? That being said, I’m sure Blake doesn’t give a Rat’s Ass what you think. He’s laughing all the way to the bank.

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    • Josh Schott April 24, 2016 / 10:56 pm

      Thanks for reading!

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      • Lula Fortune (@LulaFortunes) May 18, 2016 / 8:55 pm

        ha 🙂

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    • Lula Fortune (@LulaFortunes) May 18, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Hey Blake.

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  11. Jacob May 15, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    First, have you been through a divorce? Not a break up, a divorce… Secondly, have you ever written a song before?

    You were correct that a divorce sparks all kinds of emotions. One of these being the final acceptance that it is over and the only option you have is to move on. You have nothing left to pour yourself into so you pour yourself into forgetting and moving on. That’s what this song is about. It isn’t about your typical sob break up. It’s pushing forward and moving on from your divorce as you find yourself all over again. It’s the numbness that everything you’ve built together has crumbled and fallen apart.

    If you’re looking for emotion from a divorce, this is the exact emotion that’s felt. I’m not even a fan of his music but I believe he did excellent in expressing this. It’s easy for someone sitting behind a keyboard to criticize the work of someone else and tell them how they should have done it instead. It is a completely different story to go through what they are going through and live those emotions yourself.

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    • Lizzy May 18, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Like most of his songs he didn’t write it and it is God awful. Review is spot on.

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  12. Lula Fortune (@LulaFortunes) May 18, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Perfect review.

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