I feel like I am all over the place with this blog lately and what albums I’m writing about. Don’t get comfortable, I’m going to throw you another curve-ball tonight and swing over to another sport completely and try out Carrie Underwood’s new album Blown Away.
This new album from the wildly successful American Idol contestant starts off with Good Girl, a partial-country partial-pop song that is pretty much what you’d expect to hear on a contemporary country station today. It’s nothing particularly special – catchy and fun, but nothing that stands out.
The first song I really like is Two Black Cadillacs – a song that feels like a power house with the instrumentation and Underwood’s out of this world vocals. Plenty of instruments and sounds make the layers on this song sound phenomenal.
Forever Changed reminds me of a mix of Miranda Lambert’s House That Built Me and Taylor Swift’s Never Grow Up. It’s about growing up, changing, and what has changed you. It’s beautiful lyrically and is mostly only Underwood’s voice and a sweet piano.
Cupid’s Got a Shotgun is pretty hilarious, but all of the hilarity is obviously in the title, so some of that is lost as the song is in progression. It’s a more upbeat track that you could probably do some interesting country dances to if the mood struck you.
The album wraps up with Who Are You, another emotionally heavy kinda-country song with slow beats and smooth melodies. It’s pretty, but it’s also pretty boring.
This whole album was actually kind of underwhelming, which I’m pretty sad to say. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for something like this and it would be better suited for another mood. I’ve never really extensively listened to Carrie Underwood, but made myself a note to take a listen to this when I saw she had a new one coming out. Her vocals are incredible and the girl can indeed perform live, but this album just fell a little flat for me.
Forever Changed (track 6)
Two Black Cadillacs (track 3)
Thank God for Hometowns (Track 9)