All About Tonight (EP)

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All About Tonight
EP by Blake Shelton
Released August 10, 2010
Genre Country
Length 22:36
Label Reprise Nashville
Producer Scott Hendricks[1]
Blake Shelton chronology
Hillbilly Bone
(2010)
All About Tonight
(2010)
Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton
(2010)
Singles from All About Tonight
  1. "All About Tonight"
    Released: April 5, 2010
  2. "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
    Released: September 6, 2010

All About Tonight is the second extended play, and eighth studio release by American country music artist Blake Shelton. It was released on August 10, 2010, via Warner Music Group Nashville, under its Reprise label.[1] The first single, "All About Tonight," was released to radio in April 2010 and has become his seventh Number One hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album's second single, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" (previously recorded by Joe Nichols on his 2007 album Real Things), was released to radio in August 2010.

Background[edit]

All About Tonight is Shelton's second "Six Pak", a concept that he and his record label decided to experiment with in 2010 starting with Hillbilly Bone. Shelton said, "We're looking for ways to remind people that we still make albums, and there's still cool music that you may or may not hear on the radio. So we decided to do a six-song album, and it's really cheap! It's like five dollars and change".[2]

Content[edit]

In an interview with "The Boot", Rhett Akins talked about the title track, a song he co-wrote along with Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson, saying "We decided that we wanted to write a song about how we just don't care about tomorrow because tomorrow can wait until tomorrow ... it's all about tonight! It's a good, fun party song about where the night is going to go. After we wrote it, we thought it sounds just like a Blake Shelton song".[3]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200, and at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums, selling 33,000 copies in its first week of release.[4] The number one debut on the Top Country Albums chart gave Shelton his first number one album of his career.[5] As of the chart dated January 8, 2011, the album has sold 149,385 copies in the US.[6]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]
American Songwriter 2.5/5 stars[8]
Billboard favorable[9]
Entertainment Weekly B[10]
The New York Times favorable[11]
The Washington Post favorable[12]

Upon its release, All About Tonight received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[13] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[13]

Jon Caramanica with The New York Times said that the release is "a variety-pack of country styles" and said he sounded "flirty and convincing" on the release.[11] Thom Jurek with Allmusic gave it a three star rating, saying "Shelton does two things, and he does them extremely well: rowdy, rocking contemporary tunes about raising hell and making romantic mischief, and singing (mostly) believable ballads".[7] Gary Graff with Billboard gave it a favorable review, saying "the singer's latest set, All About Tonight, is a satisfying sprint without fat or filler but packs plenty of fun."[9] Bill Friskics-Warren with The Washington Post gave it a favorable review, saying "Shelton's latest "six pak" harks back to a time when Nashville rebels could be rowdy and real at the same time".[12]

Matt Popkin with American Songwriter gave it a 2½ star rating, comparing it to a comedy series saying "Blake Shelton’s All About Tonight is what I imagine being in the studio audience for an average sitcom would be like [...] And yes, you’re aware that somebody worked very hard on these jokes, but still, every time you laugh, you feel like a little part of you just died, and it’s located in the left hemisphere of your brain.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All About Tonight"   Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson 3:27
2. "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"   Earl Bud Lee, John Wiggins 3:09
3. "That Thing We Do"   Jeff Bates, Jason Matthews 3:04
4. "Draggin' The River" (featuring Miranda Lambert) Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton 3:45
5. "Suffocating"   Miranda Lambert, Hillary Scott 4:12
6. "Got a Little Country"   Tony Mullins, Craig Wiseman 4:57

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Country Albums 1[15]
U.S. Billboard 200 6[15]

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Year-end
2010
US Billboard Top Country Albums 52[16]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2010 "All About Tonight" 1 37 63
"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" 1 46 72

Chart procession[edit]

Preceded by
Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 28, 2010
Succeeded by
Cowboy's Back in Town by Trace Adkins

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blake Shelton Announces New Six Pak, All About Tonight". blakeshelton.com. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Gayle (2010-06-10). "Blake Shelton Getting Ready for a 'Six Pak' Summer - The Boot". theboot.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  3. ^ Conaway, Alanna (2010-06-18). "Blake Shelton, 'All About Tonight' - Story Behind the Lyrics - The Boot". theboot.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2010-08-18). "Eminem Recovers No. 1 on Billboard 200, Matches Susan Boyle's Feat". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  5. ^ Roughstock Staff (2010-08-18). "Blake Shelton Scores Best-Selling Country Album This Week". roughstock.com. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Final Holiday Sales #s of 2010 are Huge for Country Artists". Roughstock. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  7. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "All About Tonight - Blake Shelton". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  8. ^ a b Popkin, Matt (2010-08-18). "Blake Shelton: All About Tonight". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  9. ^ a b Graff, Gary (2010-07-30). "Blake Shelton, "All About Tonight"". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  10. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (2010-08-04). "All About Tonight". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  11. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon (2010-08-08). "Critics’ Choice - CDs by Blake Shelton, Mike Posner, George Duke - Review - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  12. ^ a b Friskics-Warren, Bill (2010-08-10). "Album review of Blake Shelton's ‘All About Tonight'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  13. ^ a b "All About Tonight Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  14. ^ "Get a new song from All About Tonight downloaded to your computer today! | Blake Shelton". iTunes. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  15. ^ a b "All About Tonight - Blake Shelton". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  16. ^ "Best of 2010 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-31.