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04/26/12 03:18 PM
far as i can tell she never had a box and can sing anythingmore like growth and challenging herself perhapsisn't that what Kelly has done recently by actually crossing into another genre?
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It’s been three years since Carrie Underwoodfanatics heard any new music from the “Good Girl” singer. Thankfully, that all that will change on May 1 when Carrie releases her fourth studio album ‘Blown Away.’ But how does it fare compared to her last three highly successful albums?
Don’t expect an album full of cheesy love songs from the newly married Mrs. Fisher. “That’s just a personal thing to me. I’d rather live that in my real life,” Carrie tells CMT. Instead, fans will be wrangled into a world of upbeat banjo heavy songs about life, cheating, hometowns and freedom.
Opening ‘Blown Away’ is Carrie’s latest single “Good Girl”, which sold over 100,000 copies in the first three days making it her fasting selling single ever. But the good girl vibe only lasts those three-and-a-half minutes as the second track “Two Black Cadillacs” takes the album into a darker turn. It’s a cheating song like no other, telling the story of a man who’d been cheating on two women for way too long. The song gets darker when it implies the two women took matters in their own hands against the cheating man. “Two months ago his wife called the number on his phone / Turns out he’d been lying to both of them for oh so long / They decided then he’d never get away with doing this to them / Two black Cadillacs waiting for the right time.”
The title track “Blown Away” showcases Carrie’s award winning vocals with an airy, energy ridden vibe. Of all the tracks on the record, this has to be one of the best. “There’s not enough rain in Oklahoma to wash the sins out of that house / There’s not enough wind in Oklahoma to rip the nails out of the glass / Shatter every window until it’s all blown away. / Break every board, every slamming door blown away”. The use of deep bass lines and reverberation can’t help but leave the listener feeling a need to hear more.
Diving into the first of very few love songs on the album, “See You Again” shows off some of the most enchanting harmonies on the entire disc. “I will see you again / This is not where it ends / I will carry you with me till I see you again.” Pushing straight into the second love song in a row, “Do You Think About Me” speaks to a vast majority of country fans who pine over someone who may or may not notice them. The banjo gives an inviting feel in the first verse that fans won’t be able to turn off.
“Forever Changed”, though, changes the tone of the album as Carrie dives into the story one would automatically assume was her own. It starts from the very first moment a women meets her love and soon goes through the changes of marriage, birth, family and finally the fateful hand of Alzheimer’s. “Nothing ever stays the same / Forever a child, forever loved, forever changed.“ And just as you start feeling your heartstrings begin to pull, Carrie does a 180 into an uptempo and uplifting song, “Nobody Ever Told You”, that could easily become the theme song for self-esteem. The catchy guitar riffs and toe-tapping background music instantly gives a feeling of empowerment as Carrie belts out an encouraging “Nobody ever told you you shine like a diamond and glitter like god / You need to know and nobody ever told you.”
The next two songs are an anthem for those fans who feel like they need to get out of their small town but in the end feel like they can always go back with open arms. “One Way Ticket” and “Thank God For Hometowns”, though have different sounds, still enjoy the same country family feel. “If life don’t go your way, baby it’s time to take a break / Raise your hands in the air tonight, put a little love back in your life / Get your feet up just kick it, we got a one way ticket,” Carrie sings in a high energy, dance-worthy tune.
Continuing on the trail of uplifting and empowerment, “Good In Goodbye” explains how past relationships need to live in the past. Sometimes you may regret leaving someone but life leads you down a different road for a reason. Another great, empowering song for the fans. “As bad as it was, as bad as it hurt / I thank god I didn’t get what I thought that I deserved. / Sometimes life leads you down a different road / When you’re holding on to someone that you got to let go / Someday you’ll see the reason why there’s good in goodbye.”
And just when you think it can’t get better, Carrie pushes the album into a Miranda Lambert “Kerosene”-esque track called “Cupid’s Got A Shotgun” that’s both quirky and dance-worthy at the same time. It plays along the same line as “Last Name” from ‘Carnival Ride‘ and “Before He Cheats” from her debut album ‘Some Hearts‘.
The anticipated album finally ends with a slower ballad called “Who Are You”, that starts out just a mere whisper and crescendos into the powerhouse vocalist that won Carrie Underwood her American Idol title back in 2005. It’s always a little iffy to end an album with a ballad, but after listening to the intense and powerful vocals that radiate from the speakers, it’s hard to fight her decision to say goodbye to her fans this way. “Who are you / The one I gave my life to / Who are you / That loves as deep as I do”
Overall, this has to be the best album Carrie has released and it’s easy to tell she put way more than her heart and soul into every track that graces the disc. The final track ends and fans can immediately feel as if they know the songstress personally.
Pre-order ‘Blown Away’ right now on iTunes and stream the album all week long.
Don’t forget to tune in to see Carrie as she goes Live On LettermanApril 30. This exclusive streaming concert will begin at 8pm ET and end just in time for her appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm ET.
-Jodi Phillips / The New 103.7
04/26/12 06:09 PM
glitterbabies wrote:Tigershere wrote:
far as i can tell she never had a box and can sing anythingmore like growth and challenging herself perhapsisn't that what Kelly has done recently by actually crossing into another genre?When I say box I mean it's standard country/pop, like her other three albums. She shouldn't veer too off IMO anyway because what she does is great. I'll give the stream another listen with my headphones on this time and see if the lack of background distractions allows me to focus more on the songs. I'm especially curious about Forever Changed. I don't even remember that one and for it to have that kind of impact on Carrie that she can't even speak about it without crying makes me feel like I def missed something on first listen. As for Kelly, she's always crossed back and forth so she's not doing anything that she's hasn't done for 10 years. Kelly's first song, AMLT hit #58 on the country charts, a fact some people might not recall.
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Dictatorship wrote:glitterbabies wrote:Tigershere wrote:
far as i can tell she never had a box and can sing anythingmore like growth and challenging herself perhapsisn't that what Kelly has done recently by actually crossing into another genre?When I say box I mean it's standard country/pop, like her other three albums. She shouldn't veer too off IMO anyway because what she does is great. I'll give the stream another listen with my headphones on this time and see if the lack of background distractions allows me to focus more on the songs. I'm especially curious about Forever Changed. I don't even remember that one and for it to have that kind of impact on Carrie that she can't even speak about it without crying makes me feel like I def missed something on first listen. As for Kelly, she's always crossed back and forth so she's not doing anything that she's hasn't done for 10 years. Kelly's first song, AMLT hit #58 on the country charts, a fact some people might not recall. You do realize it takes like one station spinning a song for it to hit #58 on the country charts? SMAAASSSSHHH not.Take your Carrie hate somewhere else. It's really ugly.
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MikiBoi wrote:Glitter, get the album please. It's only Sucks.I used to let Claymates ruin my taste for Clay but I let that go and now I like Clay and some of his music. I wouldn't want either of you (Dic and Gitter) to not buy an album because of what goes on here.I can't wait to get Carrie's album. I think Play On is her best work so it's going to be hard to top that album for me.
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megustalacerveza wrote:Fuck! It didn't show up.
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megustalacerveza wrote:Monday, 4/30: Good Morning America
Monday, 4/30: Late Show w/ David Letterman/Live On Letterman
Tuesday, 5/1: GMA outdoor concert in Times Square/iHeart Radio live streaming performance online
Thursday, 5/3: American Idol Performance (rumored)
Wednesday, 5/9: Ellen DeGeneres Show
Thursday, 5/10: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Tuesday, 5/15: Dancing With The Stars
Sunday, 5/20: Billboard Music Awards
04/27/12 12:45 AM
Carrie Underwood: The Billboard Cover Story
04/27/12 10:20 AM
Monday, 4/30: Good Morning AmericaMonday, 4/30: Late Show w/ David Letterman/Live On LettermanTuesday, 5/1: GMA outdoor concert in Times Square/iHeart Radio live streaming performance onlineThursday, 5/3: American Idol Performance (rumored)Wednesday, 5/9: Ellen DeGeneres ShowThursday, 5/10: Jimmy Kimmel LiveTuesday, 5/15: Dancing With The StarsSunday, 5/20: Billboard Music Awards
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