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Carnival Ride

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Country album by Carrie Underwood

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Carnival Ride ~ Carrie Underwood

  • Dec 4, 2007
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Pros: singing, writing, production

Cons: some songs OK, some songs not

The Bottom Line: "Let_me take you on a carnival_ride
Wear_a mask but your soul can’t_hide
Let_me take you on a carnival_ride
It’ll_be the finest ride of your_life"
Coven 13

Let me get it straight, it doesn’t matter how big the fork lift is or how massive the bucket, I can’t carry a tune to save my life. Doesn’t mean I don’t sing along, but I’d never put anyone out of a job, bottom line. Carrie Underwood, now that gal can sing. And as much as I enjoy her vocal arrangements, I will admit I am so shallow as to say I appreciate her videos much more than her singing. Her “people” certainly know how to market their package. Not that she needs a lot of marketing, her voice alone carries her, the rest is just a dang privilege for the rest of us to enjoy.

Carnival Ride is her second CD, released in October, 2007. It carries 13 songs that range from tearful ballads to toe tapping country. Which leads you to another of her abilities, a range of music that is appreciated by several generations. She is definitely a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. Did I mention she is gorgeous? Just checking.

Carrie is expanding her talents with writing credits on four songs on this release, including the chart topper, So Small. This brings me back to her video power. No, I’m not being an old letch again, I’m talking about this particular song. When you hear it you hear a nice song, powerful in parts, but just a song like so many others. However, when coupled with the video, the song takes on a deeper significance. And you only have to watch the video once to have the images stay while listening to the song again. I’m telling ya, this girl was made for the video market.

Last Name will probably make a fun video if they decide to go that way and I certainly hope they produce something for the heartbreaking Just A Dream. Those two songs alone are proof of her broad range of vocal talent, from semi-hard rocking to tearful ballad, Carrie covers them all.

The songs on this CD include:
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
Wheel Of The World
* are co-written by Carrie Underwood

Overall impression
There are several songs on this release that I like more than others but overall the entire production is just OK. Usually there is one, maybe two, songs you like and the rest is filler. I’ll admit I purchased it for the hit So Small but I found a couple of others songs I enjoyed just as well.

On the other hand, there were equally as many I didn’t care for. Although she does have a powerful singing ability that covers a wide range, she is definitely one of those singers that have to be showcased with a video to get the total impact. I’m glad I purchased the CD but I wasn’t overwhelmed with the entire project. I will recommend it, though, because it is well produced and, let’s face it, not everyone has the same tastes in music.

The CD liner carries the words to the songs, production notes and a few pictures of Carrie.



Great Music to Play While: Hanging With Friends

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Carnival Ride
Label: Arista
Genre: Country
Release Date: October 23, 2007
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