Don't look now, but eight of Blake Shelton's last nine singles have topped the country music singles charts. 'Over' could very well become his seventh straight, but that's more a testament to the artist than the song.

In comparison to some other Shelton ballads -- like 'She Wouldn't Be Gone' and 'Who Are You When I'm Not Looking' -- the new single from 'Red River Blue' feels flat. The singer's performance is soaked in emotion, and as usual, he proves to be among the top vocalists in the genre. Lyrically, the Paul Jenkins and David Elliott Johnson-penned cut fails to send one's imagination into overdrive like a great song should. It's an extraordinary recording of an ordinary song.

"So tell me what I gotta do to win you over / You'll never have to wonder if you need another / You'll never have to wonder if I understand / And every time you reach for me you'll find a hand out / Ohhh," Shelton sings during the chorus.

The second verse is the song's sharpest, as he belts, "If I could / Take you in / Feeling you deep / Beneath my skin / Then I could / Slip away / With you as a poison in my veins."

Look for 'Over' to be another Top 5, perhaps even a No. 1 song for Shelton. But two years from now, it's unlikely to be remembered as one of his greatest songs. It's a safe choice for the fourth single from a five star album that features some edgier -- and arguably better -- material.

3 Stars

Listen to Blake Shelton, 'Over'

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