By Chuck Arnold Monica Rizzo Ivory Jeff Clinton Courtney Rubin
December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

Startin’ Fires


His girlfriend, Miranda Lambert, sang about setting off a blaze with “Kerosene.” And on “Good at Startin’ Fires,” the sly, soulful highlight of Blake Shelton’s fifth album, he sings, “My baby’s gotten good, good at startin’ fires.” But make no mistake, he’s the “only one who puts them out.” Shelton keeps his flame burning bright on much of this disc, including first single “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” a rueful ballad, and “Bare Skin Rug,” an old-timey duet with Lambert.