So yes, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” is laid back, almost too laid back. It certainly would be a snoozer with a lesser vocalist. But Blake Shelton demonstrates why he’s finally in the Male Vocalist race with the nuances that he brings to a song that could’ve been too dull or too leery in the wrong hands.
I like the creativity of some of the questions here, most especially when he wonders if she paints her toes because she bites her nails. I had to think about that one for a few seconds, but it made me crack a smile.
There was a beautiful album cut by Chely Wright called “Unknown” a decade ago, where she wonders if anyone will ever discover her little idiosyncrasies. This feels like an answer song to that, and a darn good one to boot. I would’ve liked another verse or two, but what’s here is solid.
Written by Earl Bud Lee and John Wiggins
Listen: Who Are You When I’m Not Looking