13 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Carrie Underwood has long been America’s country-pop sweetheart, belting playful revenge anthems and hear-me-roar power ballads. But her sixth album brings a shift in tone: Topical and contemplative, it represents a period of personal change (at 35, she’s a new mom and expecting her second child), and comes at a moment so politically fraught that even traditionally conservative country megastars are daring to ask tough questions. There’s urgency in songs like “The Bullet” and “Love Wins” (detailing the emotional wreckage of shootings and the importance of gay rights, respectively), and courageous reflections on private battles in “Drinking Alone” and “Spinning Bottles.” The title track draws a hard line between vulnerability and weakness. “Falling apart is as human as it gets,” she sings. On any other album, the party songs (“Southbound”) and hip-hop collaborations (“The Champion,” featuring Ludacris) would steal the spotlight, but here they’re simply outshined. Thirteen years after her American Idol debut, we’re finally getting to know the woman behind the mic.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Carrie Underwood has long been America’s country-pop sweetheart, belting playful revenge anthems and hear-me-roar power ballads. But her sixth album brings a shift in tone: Topical and contemplative, it represents a period of personal change (at 35, she’s a new mom and expecting her second child), and comes at a moment so politically fraught that even traditionally conservative country megastars are daring to ask tough questions. There’s urgency in songs like “The Bullet” and “Love Wins” (detailing the emotional wreckage of shootings and the importance of gay rights, respectively), and courageous reflections on private battles in “Drinking Alone” and “Spinning Bottles.” The title track draws a hard line between vulnerability and weakness. “Falling apart is as human as it gets,” she sings. On any other album, the party songs (“Southbound”) and hip-hop collaborations (“The Champion,” featuring Ludacris) would steal the spotlight, but here they’re simply outshined. Thirteen years after her American Idol debut, we’re finally getting to know the woman behind the mic.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
769 Ratings
769 Ratings
pokemon ruels ,

I love Carrie soooo much!

Omg Carrie is the best singer of all times! I love the songs ghost on the stereo, cry pretty,champion,love wins, and end up with you. She is the best! Thank you so much Carrie god bless us

MissMiamiHeat ,

Carrie does it again!

Most vulnerable album yet eye opener with everything going on in this world. Masterpiece! Carrie cares!

youthleader1 ,

Carrie You secret little Christian girl!

Carrie should do a Christian album! It would be well received and it’s pretty obvious where her heart is!

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