It’s pretty obvious that I’m a huge fan of Carrie Underwood, as well as Country in general. There’s something fun about the music, and it’s the one where you can actually see videos on TV for the most. While I’ve loved Carrie’s other work, this one is next level, and here’s why…
- It’s probably her most cohesive record yet, especially knowing her personal ups and downs. This seems to be reflected throughout the record, starting with the lead single. She sets us up for a journey that is going to be about honesty, emotion, and using her voice. She then takes us through some great tracks that detail the lows before throwing in “Southbound”, a track that’s like the high in the middle of life’s lows. As the record goes on, she takes it back to the pain, then slowly brings us back to a more hopeful place with songs like “Love Wins” and “Kingdom.” The album closes with “The Champion,” a complete anthem that is the perfect end — it’s the coming out on the other side of pain or setbacks, victorious and completely owning your power.
- The vocals are even better than on previous records. From her rough, soulful moments in “Drinking Alone” to the gorgeous high notes in “Spinning Bottles”, she’s showing new layers to her voice and it’s awesome to see that growth.
- It sends a much-needed message. In a time when we’re so divided, Carrie doesn’t take sides. She instead encourages people in “Love Wins” to look at each other as one instead of “us vs. them.” That and “The bullet” are the ‘political’ songs we need –ones that search for some kind of common ground.
- And finally, while being her most cohesive work and seeming to tell a full story, it’s also one of the most adventurous and diverse, sonically. “Ghosts on the Stereo” is total country, while “The Song We Used to Make Love To” is about as pop/r&b as you can get. In between, there are blusey tracks, pop, and some hip-hop.
If you haven’t checked this one out yet, you need to. Seriously. If you have heard this album, I’d love to hear what you thought. Do you have any favorite tracks? What other songs/artists are you into right now?