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    Carrie Underwood at The Olympia Theatre | Review

    Carrie Underwood at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin | Review

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    She sang I Can’t Make You Love Me and clucked like a chicken almost ten years ago on American Idol. Turns out, she could make people love her, dominating the voting every week on the competition and eventually winning by a landslide. She’s come a long way since, to become a true success story of such TV talent shows.
    Despite a perceived lack of support for mainstream country here in Ireland, Underwood took her ‘Blown Away’ tour to our fair city for one night in the Olympia Theatre. We could all be lesser people and decide to insert a pun about being ‘blown away’ by the whole thing, but every party involved here deserves better. With such an audacious tour name, Underwood sure is sure of herself. The only question now is whether or not she can live up to it.
    Appearing on stage as the wholesome farm girl next door, carved out meticulously by the country music Gods (we assume this to be Dolly Parton), Underwood literally shines. Her hair reflects the spotlight like a mirror, while her pearly whites gleam from behind her overjoyed smile.
    Tonight is low-key in comparison to her U.S. Leg, and we can tell. It’s like a day off for her really, but not to the detriment of her performance. The venue is probably smaller than she’s used to, but considering Ireland’s chilly relationship with country music, it’s positively booming. Dressed in a black jacket, white t-shirt and jeans, there’s no messing as she launches into a killer set tethering on the edge of country and good old fashion rock’n'roll.
    In a plump set, Underwood makes her way through her back catalogue of Grammy award-winning, platinum selling albums. Two Black Cadillacs attempts to introduce a bad-ass tone that only the undeniably brilliant Last Name can cash in. Backing singers bring welcome texture to such a powerful voice without even slightly distracting from it. Looking for a fault in her vocal is like trying to find a needle in the haystack that should rightly be cast to the side of the stage.
    The slower I Told You So, Good Girl and Before He Cheats are right up there in the predictably good stakes, while the edgier Wasted and Cowboy Casanova attempt to highlight her appeal. The appeal of having to stop your waist from swaying in a half-hearted line dance, enchanted by the pied piper of Southern twang.
    But there’s still effort in that sass, like trying to convince the wholesome Christian girl to swig a bottle of whiskey and chew tobacco to Johnny Cash. So it’s hard to outline Underwood’s individual stamp on things without drawing around the fading ink. Speaking sweetly about American Idol, it all seems a bit “yes, move on.” Because we don’t associate her with American Idol anymore, which is clear as she launches into Temporary Home and Quitter, to us especially, it’s gone past that.
    Finishing up with I Know You Won’t, the powerful ballad showers the Olympia under darkness. Underwood shines under the spotlight—where she belongs—but doesn’t look it. An unassuming girl-next-door that just sucker-punched you with her voice, sure she won’t drink the whiskey, but damn sure she’ll be the first one blowing up the choir Sunday am.
    Blown Away arrives to more like a slight misbalancing breeze, but with the audience pleased, she’s off for a Guinness. Having never let the note drop once over the insanely long set, it’s duly deserved.

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    These photos are AMAZING! The photographer said he's seen Carrie live 3 times & the one in Dublin was the best - he said being in the small venue was so good.
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    Great review and great pics of Carrie in Dublin, Ireland. I love Carrie's jacket

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    Those are some of the best photo I have ever seen. I am so happy to know how great the whole trip went for Carrie, but I think Ireland was the best.
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    Loved the review - he really got her!!!
    You are right - awesome pictures (perfect subject matter)!!

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    superb review!

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    Me thinks they loved Carrie in Dublin.
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    awesome review and man those pics are amazing!!

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    Do we know how many turned out to see the show?

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    Awesome review!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann055 View Post
    These photos are AMAZING! The photographer said he's seen Carrie live 3 times & the one in Dublin was the best - he said being in the small venue was so good.
    This is why I'd love to see Carrie do a small acoustic tour one day in the not-too-distant future.

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    I love the way this critic writes. We need more journalists like this in the USA-- he is funny and witty and "gets" Carrie.
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    Nice review and awesome pics.. especially the 2 closeup ones!

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    Wow the photos are stunning!

    Good review too!

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    Awesome review, and those photos are stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearball49 View Post
    Those are some of the best photo I have ever seen. I am so happy to know how great the whole trip went for Carrie, but I think Ireland was the best.


    Yes it was!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriefan13 View Post
    Do we know how many turned out to see the show?

    according to the box office it sold out on the day
    While I was waiting for my M&G pass there was a young couple looking for 2 tickets & the lady behind the desk said they only had 1 ticket left!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jptexas View Post
    Me thinks they loved Carrie in Dublin.

    I can assure you the feeling was mutual

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    Donna -- I'm so sorry I posted this again -- I forgot (old age...ah well...that's ok) that I had posted here so obviously I saw this thread.


    MODS: Please DELETE and/or COMBINE the review I posted 11 hours ago, which is the same thread maddkat posted here -- I simply don't remember seeing it -- I looked, however I missed it...so sorry: here is the thread I posted: http://www.carriefans.com/forums/car...a-theatre.html (REVIEW - goldenplec.com - DUBLIN: Carrie Underwood at the Olympia Theatre)

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    Just read these reviews from ticketmaster -- love, love, love:

    Carrie Underwood Concert Reviews and Ratings | Ticketmaster


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