July 22, 2008
While this song may be another composition about the regret and consequences of taking love for granted, Shelton’s vocal interpretation is able to capture the angst that this man is feeling as a result of his clueless relationship oversights. While we may not end up feeling sorry for him, it is clear that he wants us to.
In the verses, he uses his voice to appropriately convey regret to reflect upon the things that he should have done. Likewise, he expertly projects the bitter anguish that accompanies such a realization, which concludes with the ironic reflection, “If I had loved her this much all along/maybe she wouldn’t be gone.”
While the melodic structure may be reminiscent of Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory”, Shelton offers a passionate vocal performance that is accompanied by a well executed pop country production.
Listen: She Wouldn’t Be Gone
Buy: She Wouldn’t Be Gone