Review – Blake Shelton’s “Every Time I Hear That Song”


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).

Grade: 5/10


Recommend? – Eh it’s worth a listen I guess

Written by Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren and Brett Warren

9 thoughts on “Review – Blake Shelton’s “Every Time I Hear That Song”

  1. David February 14, 2017 / 11:12 am

    A poor man’s rewrite of “The Song Remembers When”. Not much heft to this. Harmless, not awful, nothing special. Can see what it was the fourth single to be released.

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    • Roland Akor February 14, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Exactly what I thought. You are right on the money.


  2. seak05 February 14, 2017 / 11:20 am

    This song & AGWAG really sum up the album for me. The songs themselves are (mostly) average. Good production will elevate a song, and bad production will weight it down, and this song/album are examples of the latter. This song & AGWAG were both 5/10 for me, the album prob 3-4/10. Good production and the song would be a decent 6/10.

    (SGAWW is prob the 2nd worst song on the album to “beer”)

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  3. OlaR February 14, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Middle-of-the-road pop-country. Just another forgettable BS song & another forgettable #1 in the future.

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    Reba McEntire is the new #1 (Top Country Albums)


  4. Amanda February 14, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    This is boring, but it’s better than any of the other singles he has released from If I’m Honest. And that single cover, does Blake intend on every promo shot being so damn creepy looking? If I’m honest, Blake looks scary as hell.

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  5. Nadia Lockheart February 14, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    It’s an innocuous, agreeable ditty much like “A Guy With A Girl” was, but with a more anthemic swell to the hook.

    It definitely deserves some degree of credit for being, melodically, the tightest and most accessible song he has released to radio since “God Gave Me You”. This falls short of that song’s emotional heft (though it remains as overproduced and slick now), but it’s still a more convincing attempt to elicit a more believable emotion in quite a while so I’ll give him that.

    Again, the main problem plaguing Blake Shelton releases across the board since his SixPax series is Scott Hendricks’ production. This at least has a sort of swell to it that turgid and/or lethargic offerings like “Over”, “Came Here To Forget” and “My Eyes” didn’t, but the cheap synth-y electronic touch-ups and the wall-of-sound gravitating still render this little more than pleasantly generic.

    Unlike many of his singles as of late, Shelton offers something that I still won’t actively seek out, but nonetheless a unlikely to change the station when it comes on either. And that’s saying a fair bit seeing that it’s Shelton.

    I’m thinking a Strong 5 out of 10 for this.

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  6. Heather February 14, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Yikes this is another generic pop song from Shelton. He seems to not care if he continues to put out crap. Maybe one day he will ditch Hollywood & go back to his old sound.


    • Nadia Lockheart February 14, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      As long as he remains a fixture of “The Voice”, we can expect the Scott Hendricks era to endure.

      They’re going to milk his winning formula for all it’s worth until “The Voice” is no longer relevant. And when that time comes, we can expect another paradigm shift much like the commercial failure of “I’ll Just Hold On” prompted a change.


  7. Jamie February 15, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Yeah, for me this is the best single he’s released from the album so far. I absolutely hated “She’s Got A Way With Words”, while “Came Here To Forget” and “Guy With A Girl” just bored me to death, if not annoyed me. At least this song has a more catchy melody and has an actual hint of emotion in the chorus. I actually won’t mind this when it comes on the radio. That said, it’s still far from being one of my favorites from Blake. Another poster summed it up perfectly: It’s a poor man’s version of Trisha Yearwood’s “The Song Remembers When.” Although, comparing a song on today’s mainstream country charts to a 90’s country classic is almost like comparing apples and oranges these days.


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