Blake Shelton has lent his vocals to movie soundtracks in the past (Footloose theme song), but his cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” for upcoming movie Max is unlike anything we have heard from the country music superstar. According to its IMDb page, Max is a movie about “a dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.”
A slow, sentimental approach to a song with lyrics that deliver a prayer for somebody to have a life filled with happiness and joy, Blake croons along to a piano and slow strings in the first verse before being joined by beautiful background vocalist Gwen Sebastian. In the second verse, the music explodes into an orchestra, incorporating more strings and percussion to create a massive peak in the track. As the song draws to a close, the instrumentality valleys again, ending on an emotionally stunning note.
Blake’s cover of “Forever Young” contains musical rises and falls, taking the hit song and turning into something brand new for country fans. Following moving performances of songs like “Austin” and “Home,” Blake Shelton was the obvious choice to put his fresh vocals on such a monumental piece of musical history, ensuring that the song stays forever young.