Startin' Fires

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Startin' Fires
Studio album by Blake Shelton
Released November 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)
Genre Country
Length 43:44
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Scott Hendricks
Brent Rowan
Bobby Braddock
Blake Shelton chronology
Pure BS
(2007)
Startin' Fires
(2008)
Hillbilly Bone
(2010)
Singles from Startin' Fires
  1. "She Wouldn't Be Gone"
    Released: August 23, 2008
  2. "I'll Just Hold On"
    Released: February 23, 2009

Startin' Fires is the fifth studio album released from American country music singer Blake Shelton. The album was released on November 18, 2008 (see 2008 in country music) on Warner Bros. Nashville. Its lead-off single, "She Wouldn't Be Gone", is Shelton's fourteenth Top 40 country hit and on the chart week of February 7, 2009 became his fifth Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "I'll Just Hold On" is the album's second single. For Starting Fires, Shelton co-wrote two tracks.

Content[edit]

The first single, "She Wouldn't Be Gone", debuted at number 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of August 23, 2008. It reached a peak of Number One on the chart week of February 7, 2009. "I'll Just Hold On" was released in February 2009 as the second single, which debuted at number 60 and peaked at number 8.

Scott Hendricks produced all but two tracks on the album. "This Is Gonna Take All Night" was produced by Brent Rowan, and "I Don't Care" (which carried over from his previous album, 2007's Pure BS) was produced by Bobby Braddock.[1] Shelton co-wrote the track "Bare Skin Rug" with his future wife, Miranda Lambert, who also sings duet vocals on it.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Green"   George Teren, Craig Wiseman 3:00
2. "Good at Startin' Fires"   Sherrié Austin, Will Rambeaux, John Stephan 3:02
3. "She Wouldn't Be Gone"   Jennifer Adan, Cory Batten 3:36
4. "I'll Just Hold On"   Ben Hayslip, Troy Olsen, Bryant Simpson 4:00
5. "100 Miles"   Chris Stapleton, Wiseman 3:29
6. "Never Lovin' You"   Kendall Marvel, Stapleton 4:39
7. "Country Strong"   Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Hayslip 3:14
8. "Home Sweet Home"   Akins, Davidson, Hayslip 3:55
9. "This Is Gonna Take All Night"   Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley 3:17
10. "Here I Am"   Dean Dillon, Blake Shelton 3:52
11. "I Don't Care"   Casey Beathard, Dillon 3:53
12. "Bare Skin Rug" (duet with Miranda Lambert) Miranda Lambert, Shelton 3:47
Total length:
43:44

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B-[3]
Roughstock (positive)[4]
The 9513 3.5/5 stars[5]
About.com 4/5 stars[6]

CM Wilcox of The 9513 gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5. He referred to the material on the album as "consistent" but states that the album takes few chances. He writes, "it’s just very good, expertly-sung contemporary country that manages to satisfy even as it refuses to challenge convention or try anything especially new–such music certainly has its place." [5]

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Top Country Albums 7
U.S. Billboard 200 34

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2008 "She Wouldn't Be Gone" 1 43 70
2009 "I'll Just Hold On" 8 76
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States November 18, 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blake Shelton readies fifth CD". Country Standard Time. 2008-10-03. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  2. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Startin' Fires review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Wood, Mikael (November 12, 2008). "Startin' Fires review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Blake Shelton - Startin' Fires". Roughstock. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Wilcox, C. M. "Album Review: Blake Shelton – Startin' Fires". The 9513. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Bauman, Sue. "Blake Shelton - 'Startin' Fires'". About.com. Retrieved July 17, 2011.