I just think Carrie may not really care that much about cohesiveness as much as diversity, jmo. She frequently talks about listening to everything and using shuffle on IP and excited to see what comes up. She totally looked amazed/flustered w/ the ideal that anyone would play an album over and over, when she was asked the question of what album she would take on a deserted island to listen to continously. I listen to her albums more often and frequently on repeat and can not do that to others. Even 21 is enjoyable but does not compare to Carrie's albums. I have 2 Miranda's albums but not much of a fan of hers I guess, since I rarely if ever listen to them.
^I agree. We have to remember Carrie loves all type of music.
how I see it. Carries music is country, pop, rock and all of the above. I dont think her music is country alone.
however, her heart is in country and that will always make her a country artist
So when people accuse her songs of being pop, it doesnt bother me because they are sometimes. But she will always be a country artist at heart.
I dont know if that makes a whole lot of sense lol but thats how I see it
Good music is good music. Labels are for music stores.
Carrie Underwood is in a genre of her own.
I really think if another artist sang BA the critics would be saying “BA is a great country song.”
I definitely don't think Carrie or her team had the intention of creating an album that was 'less country' simply so she could cross over. Carrie has already established that's not important to her.
The way I see it, Carrie was tired of being boxed in as one type of artist, so she went for it and let all her influences come out. As the old saying goes, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." At this point it doesn't matter what Carrie sings; critics will find the negative in anything that isn't traditional. I don't believe Carrie would ever take a calculated approach to writing songs or recording, but I'm not surprised that her pop/rock influence came out. That is a big part of her life, after all. Part of being an artist is embracing who YOU are; country or not, Carrie stayed true to her influences with something like Good Girl.
I would think her label is also happy Carrie showcased her pop/rock side on so many tracks, too. This way, they'll be no remixing and Carrie can release songs she's proud of that show she's more than just a one- trick pony.
Carrie's delivery of country songs is SO MODERN and CONTEMPORARY that it f*cks the critics' minds.
they know where they can stick it.
Anyways, as far as the pop thing I really don't care what Carrie's songs sound like as long as I like them and as it has been mentioned before Taylor and LA have been winning tons of awards for their pop music which is classified as country. The country music industry does not seem to have a problem with them.
exactly. and honestly guys, in reality, this is one review. there have been good reviews of Blown Away and especially Good Girl. Good Girl got critical acclaim. and remember Blown Away got positive reviews. we're all just super fans so the one negative thing stands out like a sore thumb. our continual focus on it means this reviewer wins so maybe its time to move on.
I made a comment over at Country Universe about how Carrie didn't care about genre, that she was just expressing herself and releasing music the way an artist should. Someone agreed with me and spun it as a negative.
Great post. Have fun !!!
I like this comment on the article:
I’m hearing alot of give and take about this song being in the country or pop genre. I can’t think of anyone that can tell me what a country song sounds like or should sound like. Country music is storytelling, period. How someone decides to tell that story is their choice. If country radio decides it’s a story, it plays it, if not, it doesn’t. People have to get used to the fact that today’s country is not even close to sounding like it did 20, 30, 40 years ago. So, if you like BA, good. If you don’t, great, but don’t start saying Carrie is leaving the genre because of some production changes. IMO, the production had to be that way to tell the story. Listen to the rest of the cd if you want so-called traditional country. Carrie leaving the country genre, you’ve got to be kidding.