Blown Away

Blown Away

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by Carrie Underwood
     
 

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Prior to the release of her fourth album, Blown Away, in the spring of 2012, Carrie Underwood claimed that she was getting back to having "real things to write about and real things to sing about" -- a sentiment that's all well and good but has precisely nothing to do with the brassy blowout of the finished product. Dispensing with any pretense that Underwood

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Prior to the release of her fourth album, Blown Away, in the spring of 2012, Carrie Underwood claimed that she was getting back to having "real things to write about and real things to sing about" -- a sentiment that's all well and good but has precisely nothing to do with the brassy blowout of the finished product. Dispensing with any pretense that Underwood remains a down-home country girl -- the kind who takes carnival rides and sticks a daisy in her hair -- Blown Away is an unabashed glossy pop album, positioning Carrie as the heir to Shania Twain and Faith Hill's country diva act, pushing the comparisons so far that she looks like a runway refugee on the album cover and she concludes the hourlong marathon with a song written by Twain's former husband, Mutt Lange. Naturally, this showstopping act suits a former American Idol winner but, better still, this exercise in turn-of-the-millennium nostalgia is executed with skill and savvy, offering the kind of larger-than-life power ballads and cheerful, clomping arena country that have fallen out of favor in the early days of the 2010s. Not that Underwood and team -- led by producer Mark Bright and also featuring songwriters Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano, Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey, and Ryan Tedder -- are ignorant of the country and pop trends of 2012. They find room for light, sunny pop ("Do You Think About Me," "Nobody Ever Told You"), a bit of Caribbean breeze on "One Way Ticket," and a stomping chant-along hook on "Leave Love Alone," and they splice Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson together on the ludicrously fun "Cupid's Got a Shotgun," which is enough to make Blown Away not seem like a throwback even if its heart belongs to the days of diamond-certified albums. Sure, that diva worship makes it seem ever so slightly old-fashioned, yet this is Carrie's wheelhouse -- she's meant to sing these oversized ballads and hooks, she's meant to look as unattainable as she does on the cover. She's meant to be be a superstar and she's never seemed as comfortable with her calling as she does on Blown Away.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2012
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0886979809420
catalogNumber:
798094
Rank:
9892

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Underwood   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Cello
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jimmy Nichols   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Gordie Sampson   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brad Paisley   Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Ukulele
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
David Hodges   Background Vocals
Cary Barlowe   Background Vocals
Jenifer Wrinkle   Background Vocals
Charlie Judge   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Stevens   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer
Mark Bright   Producer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Dave Berg   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Simon Fuller   Management
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
David Hodges   Composer,Engineer
Cary Barlowe   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Carrie Underwood   Composer
James T. Slater   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Ann Edelblute   Management
Charlie Judge   Programming
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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Blown Away 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
quincyeyes More than 1 year ago
On her most recent album, Blown Away, Carrie Underwood shows us the world of country music. She travels from traditional country to contemporary country to progressive country. This album serves up songs for people across the spectrum and should be lauded for it's diversity. On the traditional side, Underwood provides the ballad Wine After Whiskey drawing the analogy between a regular relationship and the kind of love that is so strong that anything else seems "watered down". She continues down the traditional path with Thank God For Hometowns which touches on the nerves of what it feels like to go back home while also acknowledging a past desperation to go beyond one's hometown. The song embraces the listener as the hometown embraces the person returning. Forever Changed is a tenderly handled ballad about the story of one woman's life from marriage to birth to dementia. This is a painful topic yet Underwood sings about it with deep care and compassion that reflects a respect for the difficult and painful reality of dementia. Leave Love Alone is a rootsy country ditty that will leave you clapping your hands and stomping your feet. On the contemporary country side, Underwood tackles fear of commitment with the fun Cupid's Got a Shotgun with the help of the excellent Brad Paisley on guitar. She confronts running into a past lover on Good in Goodbye and looking back on first love with Do You Think About Me. She follows the likes of Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band in dipping into Jimmy Buffet's school of music with One Way Ticket (Underwood provides the whistling herself). She hands out inspiration to young women with Nobody Ever Told You and inspiration for meeting one beyond this life in See You Again. She holds onto a long held bond between country music and faith in her power ballad Who Are You in which she sings with conviction and compassion. With her lead single, Good Girl, Underwood follows in her own footsteps of talking about that not so good guy but brings it to the next level with electric guitar, handclaps and an a cappela ending. Finally, Underwood plunges into the future sounds country can embrace with the title track, Blown Away, and Two Black Cadillacs. These songs follow the tradition in country music of story-telling but is not your mother's country music. Here Underwood paves the way for a new direction for country music - good songs and good stories go hand in hand in bringing new sounds to the present country landscape. These two songs cannot be denied. Their quality is unparalleled and they should become classics in the country genre and beyond. Although this album caters to a spectrum of different tastes, Underwood does not sacrifice cohesiveness for diversity. The theme of this album is all kinds of love - unhealthy love (Good Girl), obsession with love (Leave Love Alone), transcendent love (See You Again, Who Are You), past love (Good in Goodbye, Wine After Whiskey, Do You Think About Me), poisonous love (Blown Away, Two Black Cadillacs), fear of love (Cupid's Got a Shotgun), self love (Nobody Ever Told You), love for your roots (Thank God for Hometowns) and love of life (Forever Changed, One Way Ticket). Miss Underwood serves up her respect for country music and music in general with this excellent album.
nannyPY More than 1 year ago
THIS GIRL CAN SING AND WHATEVER SHE SINGS IS GREAT WHENEVER SHE PUTS OUT A NEW CD YOU WANT TO GRAB ONE UP AND WHEN EVER SHE COMES CLOSE TO YOU DOING A CONCERT YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT SHE DOES AN AMAZING SHOW AND HER CONCERTS ARE NOT OVERLY CHARGED CARRIE IS AN AWESOME YOUNG LADY THAT HAS A GOOD HEART AND REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR HER FAMILY, FANS, AND ALL PEOPLE YOU WILL TRULY LOVE THIS GOD LOVING BOOT KICKING HOME TOWN GIRL. :)
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Shady_Lady1031 More than 1 year ago
Carrie should stick with country music and not try to cross over into pop she still sounds country. I listened to some of the songs on this album and was surprised and disappointed with the songs not her vocals. All of them sounded very similar and after two I stopped.
Willrop More than 1 year ago
To loud and fast in timepo. No feeling of honesty in her pieces.