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    Carrie Underwood's Smoke Break sizzles in dry summer for country music

    Carrie Underwood Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Her Smoke Break Music Video: Watch the Exclusive Video Now! | E! Online

    he trashes Danielle and Rhett before he gets to Carrie...

    Among all the great music we’ve been treated to this summer, no song has carried more significance than Carrie Underwood’s excellent new single Smoke Break. Here we have an A-list star releasing an unabashed country-rock song that isn’t trying to chase any sonic trends, but one that nonetheless pushes Underwood outside the sentimental ballad mould that many have come to expect from her. Smoke Break tells the simple story of hardworking people who need a moment of respite from their own difficult lives. “She’s a small town hardworking woman just trying to make a living,” Underwood begins. “Working three jobs, feeding four little mouths/ In a rundown kitchen.” In the second verse, Underwood shifts her focus to a humble fellow trying to make something of himself. She says plainly: “It’s hard to be a good man, a good son/ Do something good that matters.”

    Smoke Break thrives on empathy, not escapism. The characters in Underwood’s song aren’t drinking and smoking out of some cheap desire to prove their country cred or get wasted in a cornfield. They’re doing so in order to ease their minds for a moment, and Underwood sympathizes with them, saying: “I understand if you wanna take a load off.” (Some discussions have suggested that Underwood is promoting tobacco use, but that’s a thin read of the line, “I don’t smoke, but sometimes I need a long drag,” which celebrates the idea of rest more than it does tobacco. Tellingly, the music video features no shots of anyone smoking or drinking.)

    She’s not laying back in her shades and getting stoned, she’s not kicking the dust up with a jar full of “clear”, and she’s not waking up the neighbors ‘til the whole block hates her. She’s just singing about real life, and sometimes that’s enough.
    In the past year, Carrie Underwood has emerged as the leader of country music. Her songs appealingly balance the flourishes of modern mainstream production with the traditional sonic hallmarks of the genre, and she delivers them with soaring vocal prowess and bold perspective. Something in the Water didn’t use church as a mere buzzword on the country checklist – it told a sincere tale of baptism. Little Toy Guns
    didn’t turn marital strife into a subject matter for a woman-scorned revenge song – it explored the way it can hurt those privy to all the arguing. Smoke Break, similarly, doesn’t take the path of least resistance. It thinks deeply about regular people and the hardships they might be facing, and in a genre that seems dead-set on imagining its listeners as gullible, shallow party-bots, that feels refreshingly smart and bold.

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    Thank you, Donna!! That's a great review!

    By the way, I was wondering if anyone could gather the great reviews we've had so far, so I could update Some Break's Wikipedia page with them?

    Thanks!

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    Who amongst isn't bursting with pride with this review?!!? I just know that this is going to be a very special era!
    Last edited by cassie2; 09-01-2015 at 04:45 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAddicted View Post
    Thank you, Donna!! That's a great review!

    By the way, I was wondering if anyone could gather the great reviews we've had so far, so I could update Some Break's Wikipedia page with them?

    Thanks!
    here ya go

    Taste of Country: http://tasteofcountr...ck=twitter_top
    Nashville Gab: http://nashvillegab....eak-review.html
    One Stop Country: http://onestopcountr...ood-smoke-break
    Vulture: http://www.vulture.c...s-new-song.html
    Country Universe: http://www.countryun...od-smoke-break/
    For The Country Record: http://forthecountry...-single-review/
    AXS: http://www.axs.com/n...oke-break-64289
    Sun Times: http://nashville.sun...promote-smoking
    Renowned For Sound: http://renownedforso...od-smoke-break/
    This is Country Music: http://thisiscountry...ood-smoke-break
    Thomas Bleach: http://thomasbleach....od-smoke-break/
    Country Music Life: http://countrymusicl...arrieunderwood/
    The Guardian: http://www.theguardi...MP=share_btn_tw

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    Thank you SO much, Donna!!
    I do appreciate that. I'll expand SB's page this week, starting with the reviews today.

    I've been updating and taking care of Carrie's Wikipedia pages for the past 5 years.
    Carrie's main page is virtually 90% written by me. LOL

    If you guys think anything is needed there, just ask me.

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    Thank you. Outstanding review!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAddicted View Post
    Thank you SO much, Donna!!
    I do appreciate that. I'll expand SB's page this week, starting with the reviews today.

    I've been updating and taking care of Carrie's Wikipedia pages for the past 5 years.
    Carrie's main page is virtually 90% written by me. LOL

    If you guys think anything is needed there, just ask me.
    Didn't know who was updating the Wiki pages. You do a terrific job. Thank you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddkat View Post
    You can't get better than this, friends! That is universal praise, I'd say.

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    Lmao... The critics like the song more than some of her fans do.... Great review and its gets right to,the heart of this song.... This is a classic throwback country story song.. It's what makes Country music great.. But a even greater thing Country music has going for it is CARRIE UNDERWOOD....Man I can't wait to hear the rest of STORYTELLER(!)
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    Feel like I need to stay in this thread and never go in the Storyteller thread again. It thoroughly depresses me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokyiiis View Post
    Feel like I need to stay in this thread and never go in the Storyteller thread again. It thoroughly depresses me.
    me too.so many thinking they're being so clever funny,but they're just negative
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokyiiis View Post
    Feel like I need to stay in this thread and never go in the Storyteller thread again. It thoroughly depresses me.
    Ditto. I don't understand why her fans don't trust her and her team. They know what they're doing and they have never let us down. I would rather just enjoy what she does and read fantastic reviews like this.
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    Storyteller thread is just to depressing. I'm staying very positive about Carrie and her new music. Loving all the great reviews.
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    SB will do great on the charts, will eventually go platinum and might win an award at the ACMS. It's only the beginning folks. Wait till she releases her other singles. We'll be talking about how some of her fans didn't give her credit for this new era and its style. When has she ever let us down? Never.
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    This review is just....incredible!! I think I'm going to print and frame it!! Smoke Break to #1!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by txacar View Post
    Didn't know who was updating the Wiki pages. You do a terrific job. Thank you!!
    Thank you!!
    I try to do my best.

    I'm so proud of her page. I love reading it, as it reminds me of her amazing career everytime.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Underwood

    The most difficult update I did on her main page was when I wrote the sections "Artistry" and "Recognition and legacy".
    Man.... I took me about 2-3 days to do that. I did a major and deep research for reliable articles/sources.

    The "lead" (those 3 first paragraphs on the top of page that sum up the entire page) took me a while to think of as well.
    I had to think of only her major accomplishments, amog all of the amazing things she does.

    I'm about to change the main photo these days, too. It'll be a surprise. haha!!

    I'm working on Smoke Break's page now. The reviews will "soon" be available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAddicted View Post
    Thank you!!
    I try to do my best.

    I'm so proud of her page. I love reading it, as it reminds me of her amazing career everytime.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Underwood

    The most difficult update I did on her main page was when I wrote the sections "Artistry" and "Recognition and legacy".
    Man.... I took me about 2-3 days to do that. I did a major and deep research for reliable articles/sources.

    The "lead" (those 3 first paragraphs on the top of page that sum up the entire page) took me a while to think of as well.
    I had to think of only her major accomplishments, amog all of the amazing things she does.

    I'm about to change the main photo these days, too. It'll be a surprise. haha!!

    I'm working on Smoke Break's page now. The reviews will "soon" be available.
    Thank you for all your hard work. Carrie will be so proud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAddicted View Post
    Thank you!!
    I try to do my best.

    I'm so proud of her page. I love reading it, as it reminds me of her amazing career everytime.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Underwood

    The most difficult update I did on her main page was when I wrote the sections "Artistry" and "Recognition and legacy".
    Man.... I took me about 2-3 days to do that. I did a major and deep research for reliable articles/sources.

    The "lead" (those 3 first paragraphs on the top of page that sum up the entire page) took me a while to think of as well.
    I had to think of only her major accomplishments, amog all of the amazing things she does.

    I'm about to change the main photo these days, too. It'll be a surprise. haha!!

    I'm working on Smoke Break's page now. The reviews will "soon" be available.
    You certainly should be proud of her page. I love it and look forward to reading Smoke Break's page, as well as the new photo -- soon!!
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    Thank you guys!

    Some users have already been updating SB's page, which is great as it saves me time. hahaha
    But I'm adding the other reviews, as well as the commercial performance to it.
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