Carrie Underwood can come across with an Icey persona so when the first track on her new cd announces
“I’m sorry, but I’m just a girl
Not usually the kind to show my heart to the world
I’m pretty good at keeping it together
I hold my composure, for worse or for better”
We realize we are in for a new depth from this pop country diva. Her sharp clear tones wale through each track.
“Ghosts on the Stereo” boasts the melancholia of legends of country past with the line
“There ain’t no last call, I’m havin’ a ball with Hank Haggard and Jones.”
In “Low” she goes deep into the well of love with I can’t get no air, I can’t get no sleep, without you by my side.
“Backsliding” sends shivers down your spine.
“Southbound” is the first up-tempo song that captures us.
She continues to win us over with “That Song That We Used to Make Love to” that starts with the defiant “Don’t wanna hear that stupid melody The one we used to always keep playing on repeat”
This is the first cd where she is co-producing and co-writing many of the tracks. She may be authentic country but damn this woman finds her r&b soul on these thirteen tracks. Listen to “Drinking Alone” and don’t tell me she’s a vanilla bland country singer any longer.
And then she politically wows us with “Bullets”
“You can blame it on hate or blame it on guns, but mamas ain’t supposed to bury their sons.”
The final track goes for gospel with Kingdom. Bonus track with Ludacris called “The Champion” goes with the predictable rapping. Could be another crossover hit for Carrie.