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Produced by Mark Bright, the forthcoming album, Blown Away, was featured in Entertainment Weekly's recent "10 albums we can't wait for." This will be the fourth studio album on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville for the five-time Grammy® winner. The debut single "Good Girl" isco-written by Underwood. Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007's Carnival Ride, and 2009's Play On. She s amassed 14 No. 1 singles, six of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums. Underwood is a five-time Grammy Award winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Record Label: Arista
Country Of Release: USA
Year Of Release: 2012
|Audio CD Release Date:
||May 01, 2012|
|Number Of Discs:
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 380 reviews|
|1. ||Good Girl|
|2. ||Blown Away|
|3. ||Two Black Cadillacs|
|4. ||See You Again|
|5. ||Do You Think About Me|
|6. ||Forever Changed|
|7. ||Nobody Ever Told You|
|8. ||One Way Ticket|
|9. ||Thank God For Hometowns|
|10. ||Good In Goodbye|
|11. ||Leave Love Alone|
|12. ||Cupid's Got A Shotgun|
|13. ||Wine After|
|14. ||Who Are You|
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Carrie Blows Away The CompetitionMay 02, 2012
By Robert S. Harmon
Carrie Underwood has taken almost two and a half years between Blown Away and her very fine Play On album of 2009 and the break has paid off in spades. While many successful singers get caught re-making the same style songs that brought them their initial fame, Carrie has chosen to broaden her creative horizon and sonic landscape with some of the most original and provocative songs of her career. Producer Mark Bright is not afraid to paint outside the borders of country expectations with this masterfully crafted album. I am sure some country purists will cry fowl for taking some of the music to a decidedly pop direction, but its a highly individual effort that Carrie herself was intimately involved with having written eight of the 14 songs on this exquisite album.
Lets begin with the first song and single on the album, Good Girl, a country rocking co-write by the former American Idol Champion. While this song might be the closest thing that one might expect as a follow-up to Before He Cheats or Cowboy Casanova, it really is a highly original number that changes both tempo and expectation as it takes you on its jaunty journey.
There is not another singer in the format that can rock n roll like Carrie and if you don't believe me, ask Steven Tyler who just got nominated for their duet together on CMT.
The next song on the album is the title track, Blown Away, which should be seen as a watershed moment in country music history for both its current greatest vocalist as well as the genre itself. This song is extremely bold in both its lyrical content, which deals with child abuse, and its amazingly creative sonic landscape which takes the listener on the childs ride through a storm in Oklahoma that might be able to sweep all her problems away. The use of instruments like piano and cello's to mimic the sounds of the winds and rain is breathtaking and Carrie's vocals are majestic. Whether this song becomes the country-pop smash that it deserves is immaterial, this song is a masterpiece unlike anything thats come out of a nashville studio in many a year. Whoa, and we are only two songs into the album and we are already dumbfounded by its majestic sweep.
Then comes another highly ambitious story song co-written by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey and Before He Cheats writter Josh Kear. Two Black Cadillacs involves a murderous revenge theme plotted between wife and mistress and again is unlike anything on current country radio. Its orchestral sweep and melodic counterpunch make this absolute ear candy for the musically inclined. What a rush. What a treat! Are you listening at the Country Music Association?
See You Again, written for the Chronicles Of Narnia originally, brings us out of the dark and back into the light with a churning country-pop ditty that could cross over as well as a single. Carries vocal is impeccable and spot-on.
Don't You Think About Me...the way I think about you- is a gentle, but plaintive country song that would not be out of place on a Kelly Pickler album and Carrie does a fine job with this tender country weeper.
Forever Changed, cowritten by The House That Built Me songwriter Tom Dougles is one of Carries personal favorites on the album. This piano based ballad tells the life cycle story of mother and daughter with a tenderness and sensitivity of phrasing by Carrie that really brings the listener closer to its protagonist.
Nobody Ever Told You, another co-write by Carrie, is an uplifting and positive song aimed at a young culture thats become fixated on outside beauty and image. Taylor Swift could have included this melodic anthem on her last album and it would not have seemed out of place.
Carrie takes another real departure with One Way Ticket, a calypso flavored splendor that Kenny Chesney would have loved to have included on his next album. What a treat to hear Carrie rhyme "lick it" with "ticket". Really nice vocals from Carrie that captures a lighter side of her personality.
Thank God For Hometowns is a country gem that reminds all of us how quickly we want to leave our hometown when we are young and how quickly we try to find our way back as we grow a little wiser. Great song with tender and Compelling vocals by Carrie.
Good In Goodbye is a song written by Carrie, Hillary Lindsey and One Republics Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote Rumor Has It with Adele and Turning Tables on her great album, 21. You would expect a great song and you get one with this bittersweet song reminding us that sometimes its better that we don't always get what we wish for a la Garth Brooks Unanswered Prayers. Another great but nuanced vocal by Carrie that shows she has leaned that on some songs you hold back that powerful voice and show a fragile side instead.
Leave Love Alone is one of the most country radio friendly songs on the album with its churning rhythem and sing-along chorus. You can't get this song out of your head once it has entered it. Great, sassy vocals by Carrie that once again shows that nobody can sing an attitude song like Carrie.
Cupids Got A Shotgun is an absolutely clever and upbeat country barnburner co-written by Carrie Herself. Good friend Brad Paisley delivers some chicken-picken guitar that would make famed Elvis guitarist James Burton, who practically invented this style of playing, weep with envy or at least give a well earned shout-out to the talented Paisley. Clever wordplay and another great song for country radio. There are more single possibilities on here then you can shake a stick out. One critic from U.S.A. Today estimates that there is a 2 year supply of singles on this album. I wholeheartedly concur with this prediction.
Wine After Whiskey, which some critics said was meant for Carrie's Play On album, is perhaps one of her most sincere and straightforward country efforts to date. I was worried that this might be less than stellar since it was a left-over from Play On, but oh how wrong. It just probably did not fit the theme she wanted to convey on her previous album and is one of the best and most beautiful country songs she has ever had a hand in writing.
Who Are You is a power ballad Christian Anthem written by Robert "Mutt" Lange who was married to Shania Twain and Produced virtually all of Shania's hit records. This incredibly majestic song is sung with such magnificent and transcendent beauty that some critics have mistakenly listed it as a love song as well. This is probably due to the fact that many people are not use to hearing a Christian song sung so passionately and so powerfully. I did not think there is another singer in the business that could sing the chorus of this song in the register that Carrie does with such flawless effort. An amazing song that concludes one of the most ambitious country albums of the 21st Century.
22 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Something for EveryoneMay 19, 2012
On her most recent album, Blown Away, Carrie Underwood shows us the world of country music. She travels from traditional country to contemporary country to progressive country. This album serves up songs for people across the spectrum and should be lauded for it's diversity.
On the traditional side, Underwood provides the ballad Wine After Whiskey drawing the analogy between a regular relationship and the kind of love that is so strong that anything else seems "watered down". She continues down the traditional path with Thank God For Hometowns which touches on the nerves of what it feels like to go back home while also acknowledging a past desperation to go beyond one's hometown. The song embraces the listener as the hometown embraces the person returning. Forever Changed is a tenderly handled ballad about the story of one woman's life from marriage to birth to dementia. This is a painful topic yet Underwood sings about it with deep care and compassion that reflects a respect for the difficult and painful reality of dementia. Leave Love Alone is a rootsy country ditty that will leave you clapping your hands and stomping your feet.
On the contemporary country side, Underwood tackles fear of commitment with the fun Cupid's Got a Shotgun with the help of the excellent Brad Paisley on guitar. She confronts running into a past lover on Good in Goodbye and looking back on first love with Do You Think About Me. She follows the likes of Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band in dipping into Jimmy Buffet's school of music with One Way Ticket (Underwood provides the whistling herself). She hands out inspiration to young women with Nobody Ever Told You and inspiration for meeting one beyond this life in See You Again. She holds onto a long held bond between country music and faith in her power ballad Who Are You in which she sings with conviction and compassion. With her lead single, Good Girl, Underwood follows in her own footsteps of talking about that not so good guy but brings it to the next level with electric guitar, handclaps and an a cappela ending.
Finally, Underwood plunges into the future sounds country can embrace with the title track, Blown Away, and Two Black Cadillacs. These songs follow the tradition in country music of story-telling but is not your mother's country music. Here Underwood paves the way for a new direction for country music - good songs and good stories go hand in hand in bringing new sounds to the present country landscape. These two songs cannot be denied. Their quality is unparalleled and they should become classics in the country genre and beyond.
Although this album caters to a spectrum of different tastes, Underwood does not sacrifice cohesiveness for diversity. The theme of this album is all kinds of love - unhealthy love (Good Girl), obsession with love (Leave Love Alone), transcendent love (See You Again, Who Are You), past love (Good in Goodbye, Wine After Whiskey, Do You Think About Me), poisonous love (Blown Away, Two Black Cadillacs), fear of love (Cupid's Got a Shotgun), self love (Nobody Ever Told You), love for your roots (Thank God for Hometowns) and love of life (Forever Changed, One Way Ticket).
Miss Underwood serves up her respect for country music and music in general with this excellent album.
20 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Blown Away - Album ReviewMay 12, 2012
By Jenny Thorpe
I have to be honest. When I first listened to this album all the way through, just one week ago, I was feeling a little underwhelmed. Carrie's first three records were so dead on. I was not sure that her fourth album Blown Away was up to par. But the more I listened to it on my car stereo, the more it started to grow on me. I started to pay more attention to the lyrics and began to recite the melodies. Then, I slowly found myself reciting many of the tracks long after I had reached my destination.
"Two Black Cadillacs" was one that, once I really listen, it really caught my attention. Originally thinking that the song was about cars, I quickly learned that its meaning was far from that. Certainly the darkest song on her album, this song has the potential to be a single, that is if the world is ready for such a dark song from america's sweetheart.
Another favorite is "Good in Goodbye". A staple Carrie ballade, this track describes the bittersweet nature of seeing an old love again but realizing that sometimes leaving that person behind is for the better. This also has single potential.
The moral of this story is, once you have listened to the album all the way through, listen to it again. You will soon find yourself liking it, then loving it. Besides her current hit, "Good Girl", you will find yourself singing along to other uptempo hits like "Do You Think Of Me", "Nobody Ever Told You" and `Leave Love Alone". You will also find yourself relating to dramatic ballads like "Thank God for Hometowns" and Wine After Whiskey".
I guess Carrie was right when asked on Good Morning America last week what to expect on this album, when she jokingly replied, "14 tracks of awesome"!
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Literally Blown AwayMay 03, 2012
By M. Sweeney
I and the rest of Carrie Underwood's fans waited for 2 1/2 years for this album, longer than her last 3 previous albums. As tough as it was to wait, it was worth the wait. You can tell extra work went into this album. Everything about the album is perfect. The "theme", the album booklet is amazing with photos and FINALLY lyrics. It's an overall outstanding CD and I was literally blown away. It was a change in style for Mrs. Underwood but it makes things more interesting and I was able to relate to songs more than I thought I could. This album mainly consists of mid tempos and ballads, which brings about a different tone, lyric maturity, and beauty. I like that Carrie didn't try to sing to the moon as she said with this album given the fact she's already proven herself time and time again, and this was just another way to prove herself. Now, I'll go through every song and rate them from a scale of 10.
1. Good Girl- The lead single of the album is an absolute perfect opening. Fun, sassy, and full of attitude, Carrie warns us to think before we assume everything is good. The song is a great crossover piece which really broadens her horizons and fan base. A country/pop/rock song that is destined for gold despite already being high among the charts and the stars. Great great way to start the album. (9)
2. Blown Away- One of my favorite songs on the album. The lyrical direction is really interesting and covers such a different side of Carrie's story telling. The song is a great piece of work. It really shows that Carrie was serious when saying this album would be darker. Truly one of the most enjoyable tracks on the album. Very easy to listen to and fun to create a little music video in your head. (9)
3. Two Black Cadillacs- Most easily one of my top 3 favorite songs from the album if not my favorite. This song is pure genius musically, lyrically, emotionally, just everything. It's so perfect. I can't even critique it. Easy review. It's gonna be a hit and I really hope it'll be a single. I smell awards. CMA Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year?... (10)
4. See You Again- Once again one of my top 3 favorite songs. Carrie's vocals on this are so sweet and comforting. The lyrics contain a beautiful message and the song really holds a lot of hope and necessary uplifting vibes which are needed after songs like "Blown Away" and "Two Black Cadillacs". The people singing in the back make the song so much more touching and somehow meaningful.I can definitely see this fitting this into The Chronicles of Narnia film but I am happier that it landed on the album. Really suits the image of the album. After every rain storm is a rainbow right? (9)
5. Do You Think About Me- This is the start of feel good songs. The lyrics and cute and catchy and Underwood's vocals and soothing and relaxed. No showing off here, just some good music. This song also starts to incorporate more of a country vibe which is good for Carrie's hardcore country fans. This isn't a stand out track but regardless it is a solid piece of work. (7)
6. Forever Changed- This song is one of my top 3 songs and possibly a tie with "Two Black Cadillacs" for my favorite song on the album. This is probably the most touching and emotional song on the album. The story line is well thought out. This song has that great relate-ability factor. The soft music with Underwood's soothing and beautiful perfect pitched voice really touches deep down. Really makes you stop and breathe and think. Even if this didn't happen to you, it could. Like I said it can be so related to. This song is very hard to critique because its just so beautiful. Although 2 out of my 3 songs are emotional ballads, this song really has a strong impact on the listener and is the best one by far. Underwood did a great job with slowing things down. (10)
7. Nobody Ever Told You- This is my favorite mid tempo song on the album. It has a great positive vibe, great catchy non complicated lyrics, and the beat is infectious. Such a casual fun song that will have anyone tapping their feet. This song also cooperates a great country vibe. (8)
8. One Way Ticket- Me and this song have already developed a love hate relationship lol. When I first heard this I thought it was the least thought about song, way too different than Carrie's style, and just simply corny. However, then I'll listen to it and all of a sudden find myself singing it. This song has such simplicity but such a great essence of fun, relaxation, and freedom. I can definitely feel this being a summer hit for Mrs. Underwood. The lyrics are especially relaxed, which makes me like the song even more. I really can't give a good or bad review for this song. Its just what it is. It works for Carrie so it works for me. Definitely the most random song on the album but like I said it somehow works (8)
9. Thank God For Hometowns- This is another slow/mid tempo ballad that for me sticks out the least. This is the song I was least impressed with. It's not bad, but its not great. It just feels very bland. The song breathes more of a down vibe when the lyrics are speaking about thankfulness and happiness that your hometown is always there for you. It may be because of all the other emotional ballads but I just don't feel the song. (6)
10. Good In Goodbye- This completes my top 4. This song is absolutely phenomenal. The lyrics and message is quite simple, but it gets the point across very quickly and strongly..."guess goodbye made us strong, sometimes life leads you down a different road, someday you'll see the reason why".... absolutely can be related to almost anyone. It sounds more like a sad ballad, but it actually turns out to be one of the most empowering songs on the album. The story telling aspect is incredibly told and it really helps you create the story in your head. Carrie's vocals are flawless on this. It works that she didn't sing over the top with this. It makes it so much more reassuring and comforting. This song really hits me deep and really brings out strong emotions. Truly a piece of art (10)
11. Leave Love Alone- This song is another solid one for Carrie. Not my favorite, not the best, not the worst, doesn't make me wanna skip it. It's just what it is. It's a good song. (7)
12. Cupid's Got A Shotgun- Ironically enough this is the closest thing to a love song on this album for Mrs. Underwood. The song is a purely enjoyable and full of sass. So needed for the album. This is the only other song that is really upbeat next to "Good Girl". So much fun. The lyrics are thought out very well. The song makes you wanna get up and dance and just have fun. One of the show stoppers on the album (8)
13. Wine After Whiskey- Easily the most classic country song on the album. Truly bittersweet. The song really showcases Underwood's powerful yet controlled voice. Once again not my favorite, but its sure pretty dang good. Very easy to listen to and she really feels connected to the song. (8)
14, Who Are You- I didn't start listening to and following Carrie until 2 1/2 years ago, but from what I've read and watched, she really got voters due to her strong vocals obviously but also her strong faith. Given the fact that that's true, with having her first single be "Jesus Take The Wheel", I feel this will be a big hit with her religious fans. I'm not religious but I have to say this is truly one of the best songs on the album. It's a strong and positive testament to her faith which is nice because she's staying true to herself. (8)
Overall, this album is very strong. It is truly Underwood's best work to date, beating out Carnival Ride for me. I have been listening to this album over and over again since I got it. Totally worth buying, I have no regrets. Great music to add to my collection. This album really shows Carrie's growth and maturity which is nice because it makes things more easy to relate to as I've mentioned numerous times. I am so pleased with this and can't wait to hear her sing these songs live at award shows and concerts. The queen of country is back stronger than ever! Best American Idol winner and alumni yet.
15 of 20 found the following review helpful:
You'll Be Blown & Carried Away By The Beauty Of This Album!May 01, 2012
By M. Mariba
Wow! This is a fantastic fourth CD release by the fourth season Idols winner & country music superstar Carrie Underwood titled 'Blown Away'. She thinks it's her best album yet and I agree : wonderful 14 track compositions (she co-wrote eight of fourteen tracks in 'Blown Away' CD), incredible production by Mark Bright (beautiful multi-layered melodic musical instruments) & great vocals. Carrie Underwood, a native of Oklahoma sings about small town living, fragility of life, love & more in this release. You'll be 'Blown Away' by this album, she is really on top of her game. The album has a good mix of up-tempo tracks as in "Good Girl", "Blown Away", "Nobody Ever Told You" & "Cupid's Got Shotgun", ballads as in "Two Black Cadillacs", "Forever Changed" & "Wine After Whiskey", the 'edgy/hunky-tonky' as in "One Way Ticket" & "Leave Love Alone" & mid-tempo tracks as in "See You Again", "Do You Think About Me" & "Good In Goodbye". Stand-outs/gems/solid tracks include "Two Black Cadillacs", "See You Again" (wonderful harmonies), "Do You Think About Me"(great banjo guitar sound), "Forever Changed" (wonderful orchestral/piano base track), "Thank God For Hometowns" (beautifully layered base track & melodical guitars), "Good In Goodbye", "Wine After Whiskey" & "Who You Are" (this is my favourite track from this incredible CD with 8 stand-outs out of 14 tracks). Great tracks include "Good Girl", "Blown Away", "Nobody Ever Told You", "One Way Ticket" & "Leave Love Alone". Okay track is "Cupid's Got Shotgun" for me.
On overall, Carrie Underwood has released an incredible fourth CD that will blow you away (compositions, production & vocals). She needs to creat space in her cabinet for accalades & awards that may be on her way following this release. A well deserved 5 star performance & a highly recommended CD listening!
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