Carrie Underwood - Carnival Ride

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Underwood pulled off that tricky maneuver with a deceptive ease on her 2005 debut, Some Hearts, which turned into a smash success, turning sextuple platinum at a time when many albums struggle to go gold, even surpassing the sales of the original Idol, Kelly Clarkson. Such success raised the bar for her 2007 follow-up, Carnival Ride. Traditionally, second albums are a place where artists consolidate their strengths or expand their reach, either with an eye toward artistic growth or commercial success, and Carrie chooses the former option, creating a record that is more purely country than her debut. She dials down the pageantry drama that peppered her debut -- there are no Diane Warren songs, for instance -- and plays up her humble, all-American persona, singing songs about small towns and big dreams, even attempting to kick up some dirt and grit on the one-night-stand anthem "Last Name," which is Miranda Lambert filtered through Shania Twain. And one of the striking things about Carnival Ride is how completely Carrie Underwood has stepped into the void that Shania and Faith Hill left behind: the small-town girl made good but who hasn't left her roots behind. In other words, she hasn't made the big pop diva move that Shania did with Up! or Faith with Cry; she's planted herself firmly within country. Now, Carrie's country is hardly traditionalist -- despite the lack of Diane Warren tunes, there are plenty of power ballads here, along with light drum loops that aren't commonly heard in Nashville -- but her approach is completely contemporary country, in how it blurs the borders between country and arena rock, something that's perfect for a girl who made her first big splash singing Heart. Sound and feel do mean a lot, but country records really survive on the strength of their songs, and the remarkable thing about Carnival Ride is that it's stronger song for song than Some Hearts, some of this due to Carrie herself, who bears four songwriting credits here, often in conjunction with some permutation of Steve McEwan and Hillary Lindsey, who pen a bunch of other tunes here. The songs may veer just a bit too close to the big power ballads, but they all work as strong pieces of commercial country, built on surging melodies (all the better for Carrie to belt) and lyrics that play into Underwood's small-town girl persona but are also open-ended enough to be relatable. All this very well may be more calculating than it appears, but the appealing thing about Carnival Ride is that it plays so smoothly and assuredly that you just go along for the ride, especially because Carrie sells these songs completely, making the clichés and cornball phrases believable. It's a gift that Shania had, but she always seemed larger than life. In contrast, Carrie Underwood only sounds larger than life, and she still comes across like the girl next door despite her massive success, and this lingering sense of innocence -- however constructed for stage it may be -- gives an album as big and shiny as Carnival Ride the appearance of a genuine heart, something that no other big country-pop album has had since the glory days of Come on Over. - by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Specifications+

Available for Shipping to Canada Post
Yes
Artist(s)
Carrie Underwood
Edited
No
Format
CD
Label
Sony
Number of discs
1
Track list
Flat On The Floor, All-American Girl, So Small, Just A Dream, Get Out Of This Town, Crazy Dreams, I Know You Won't, Last Name, You Won't Find This, I Told You So, More Boys I Meet, Twisted, Wheel Of The World
Brand
Anderson Merchandisers
Product Identifiers
Walmart Item #
5506491, 30363046
SKU
10073475
UPC
88697112212

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Ratings & Reviews+

Carrie Underwood - Carnival Ride is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 86.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carnival Ride This album is so cool if you love Carrie from Some Hearts and her American Idol days then this is a must have cd.
Date published: 2007-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good listening I love this cd. it's good music you can let your kids listen to. i enjoyed the music,it was a great price as well .
Date published: 2008-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carrie's Best Album So Far I loved Carrie’s first album “Some Hearts” but this album is by far her best. It has it all, something for everyone.
Date published: 2007-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shipping time, great price, perfect condition. This album is a must for any Carrie Underwood fan.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from carvial ride I love it
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Carnival Ride This Album of Carrie Underwood Was Alright But Not How I Prefer Too Sing or Make Songs Like This Album Was Kind of Boring Some Song Great Some Not Just So So or Okay it's Better if You Just Wanna Download I Bought The Album But Was Disappoined With This Purchase So I Sold Out Too a Local Store For Cash.
Date published: 2012-11-30
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