Blake Shelton's public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity — has made him country music's most ubiquitous male star. A full-grown man with a boyish cheekiness, his easy likability has made him a consummate award-show host, a high-profile judge on "The Voice" and a constant presence in ads across print, the web and TV.
His recent albums draw on both sides of this personality — but it doesn't always work as well on record. His new "Bringing Back The Sunshine" connects mostly when he sounds like a busy adult trying to balance love and career.
Also read: Teaching boys not to 'stalk for love'