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Blake Shelton 'Came Here to Forget' Review: New Single Channels the Heartbreak of Divorce

by Carolyn Menyes   Mar 8, 2016 11:38 AM EST

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Blake Shelton knows a thing or two about heartbreak by now, and he's channeling that into his new music. On Tuesday (March 8), the beloved The Voice coach released his first post-divorce from Miranda Lambert single "Came Here to Forget," and unsurprisingly the track mixes Shelton's two favorite tropes: breakups and drinking away the blues.

There's also a little element about finding love again after losing it - a not so subtle reference to Lambert and Gwen Stefani.

With the backing of some heavily produced minor key guitars (which heighten the tension and intensity of the situation), the music itself actually sounds reminiscent of a Luke Bryan track. But, with the themes of the single, it's all Shelton.

Though the song wasn't penned by him (Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan wrote the song), there certainly are elements of using someone else to get over a former lover after being scorned. And, with Shelton and Stefani leaning on each other in the wake of their respected divorces, well...

"Keep playing them songs, keep singing along / Keep leaning it on in closer / Keep salting the rim, getting even with her / Gettin' even with him before the night is over / That first kiss was like a Colorado hit / You better keep on keeping it lit / 'Til we can't remember / Can't remember why we came here to forget," Shelton sings in the song's pointed chorus.

Get the connection?

"Came Here to Forget" is the first single from Shelton's 10th studio album, which is due for release later this year. Shelton's last record Bringing Back the Sunshine was released in August 2014.

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