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Thread: LISTENING ROOM: Underwood fans will be ‘Blown Away’ by muscular release

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    LISTENING ROOM: Underwood fans will be ‘Blown Away’ by muscular release

    LISTENING ROOM: Underwood fans will be ‘Blown Away’ by muscular release

    “Blown Away”

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    3 stars

    On her first three albums, Carrie Underwood has sounded like an “American Idol” champion — big songs, big voice, a scope of superstar event even before she could justify the designation. It worked, of course; Underwood is unquestionably the most successful of the show’s 10 winners and has just as successfully transitioned into a performer whose “Idol” past is more footnote than front of mind at this point. On her fourth album, however, Underwood flexes some new artistic muscles, exploring fresh musical nuances without sacrificing the mainstream-ready formula that’s allowed her to capably straddle the pop-country divide. Produced by Underwood’s career-long aide de camp Mark Bright, “Blown Away” puts together a solid mix of rock (“Good Girl”), polished pop (“Blown Away,” “See You Again,” the Mutt Lange-written “Who Are You”) and some Kenny Chesney-worthy island fare (“One Way Ticket”), with just enough twang to hold her post co-hosting the Country Music Association Awards. And CMA partner Brad Paisley shows up to do some fierce pickin’ on the rootsy “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun.” Underwood’s performances this time, meanwhile, are marked by restraint; the serial belter — who co-wrote eight of the 14 tracks here — has embraced greater dynamic range, delivering the melodies rather than forcing them. A good case in point — “Leave Love Alone,” a rootsy, feel-good tune that sounds like Underwood is singing on the front porch and not trying to shout it out to the next state. It also helps that “Blown Away” features some clever and compelling stories, including a heart-rending reference to aging and dementia (“Forever Changed”) and a couple of sly and twisted revenge tales in “Two Black Cadillacs” and the title track. She’s already sold plenty of records, but this time the champ turns in a real winner.
    LISTENING ROOM: Underwood fans will be ?Blown Away? by muscular release - theoaklandpress.com

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    "She’s already sold plenty of records, but this time the champ turns in a real winner.".

    I LOVE IT!!
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    Looking good Thanks for posting

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    Awesome !! Another good review!! Yay!

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    Another good review. She did deliver (BA) a real winner.

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    Awesome review!

    I was wondering though, there seems to be a disparity between the actual review and the star rating lol. Based from the glowing review I would have expected a higher rating, perhaps 3.5 or even 4. Yeah, I'm greedy, I want it all for Carrie lol. Anyway, still a great review!
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    Great review! Thanks for posting!

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    Great review! Thanks for posting!

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    Great review but the 3 seems incongruent with his comments...unless it's 3/3?

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    Yeah, seeing the review, 3 is kind of low.

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    yay another awesome review!

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    Yay! Another great review. I'm so happy! People are really responding to this album, I have a feeling it's going to be huge! Congratulations to Carrie and her team.

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    I'm nervously waiting for reviews from the usually snarky sites lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire2004 View Post
    Awesome review!

    I was wondering though, there seems to be a disparity between the actual review and the star rating lol. Based from the glowing review I would have expected a higher rating, perhaps 3.5 or even 4. Yeah, I'm greedy, I want it all for Carrie lol. Anyway, still a great review!
    I love the review too, but I was thinking the same thing.....I wanna nother star.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire2004 View Post
    I'm nervously waiting for reviews from the usually snarky sites lol.

    I'm sure they will find something to be snarky about. They always do. lol


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