Some Hearts

Some Hearts

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by Carrie Underwood
     
 
Carrie Underwood brought a lil' bit o' country to the American Idol crown in the series' fourth season, so it's not surprising that her debut is the kind of radio-friendly, country-crossover affair that falls somewhere between LeAnn Rimes and Faith Hill. Though her handlers would undoubtedly prefer a

Overview

Carrie Underwood brought a lil' bit o' country to the American Idol crown in the series' fourth season, so it's not surprising that her debut is the kind of radio-friendly, country-crossover affair that falls somewhere between LeAnn Rimes and Faith Hill. Though her handlers would undoubtedly prefer a comparison to the unstoppable Hill, Underwood has more in common with Rimes -- both are girl-next-door types with strong voices capable of punching out big, Dianne Warren–penned power ballads. Not surprisingly, Warren leaves her mark on this Okie's debut with a trio of slickly produced, pop-leaning ditties of a romantic nature: "Lessons Learned," "Whenever You Remember," and the title cut. But Underwood's strengths come out when she draws from her roots, whether it's the religious conviction infusing "Jesus, Take the Wheel" or the autobiographical musings behind "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore," both dressed up with just the right mix of pedal steel and fiddle, with the latter cheekily contrasting small-town life with making the rounds in the Big Apple. Best of all is "Before He Cheats," the kind of sassy, swaggering revenge fantasy that wouldn't sound out of place on a Gretchen Wilson album. With her musical talents perfectly pitched for today's pop-country, it wouldn't be surprising to see Carrie Underwood succeed far beyond the small screen.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given the tightly controlled nature of American Idol, it's a wonder that the televised talent contest has never produced a winner who specialized in country music, since there's no segment of modern popular music that is controlled tighter than contemporary country. Maybe this thought was in the minds of Simon Fuller and the rest of AmIdol's 19 management when they went into their fourth season in 2005, since as soon as fresh-faced Oklahoma blonde Carrie Underwood showed up in the audition rounds, the judges -- alright, specifically Simon Cowell -- pigeonholed her as a country singer, even if there was nothing specifically country about her sweet, friendly voice. From that point on, she was not only the frontrunner, but anointed as the show's first country winner, which apparently proved more enticing to the voters and the producers than the prospect of the show's first rock & roll winner in the guise of the Southern-fried hippie throwback Bo Bice. Which makes sense: cute, guileless young girls have a broader appeal than hairy 30-somethings. They're easier to sell and mold too, and Underwood proved particularly ideal in this regard since she was a blank slate, possessing a very good voice and an unthreatening prettiness that would be equally marketable and likeable in either country or pop. So, the powers that be decided that Underwood would be a contemporary country singer in the vein of Faith Hill -- she'd sing anthemic country pop, ideal for either country or adult contemporary radio, with none of the delightful tackiness of Shania Twain -- and her debut album, Some Hearts, not only hits this mark exactly, it's better than either album Hill has released since Breathe in 1999. Which isn't to say that Carrie Underwood is as compelling or as distinctive as a personality or vocalist as Faith Hill: Underwood is still developing her own style and, for as good a singer as she is, she doesn't have much of a persona beyond that of the girl next door made good. But that's enough to make Some Hearts work, since she's surrounded by professionals, headed by producers Mark Bright and Dann Huff, who know how to exploit that persona effectively. While some of the songs drift a little bit toward the generic, especially in regard to the adult contemporary ballads, most of the material is slick, sturdy, and memorable, delivered with conviction by Underwood. She sounds equally convincing on such sentimental fare as "Jesus, Take the Wheel" as on the soaring pop "Some Hearts," and even if she doesn't exactly sound tough on the strutting "Before He Cheats," she does growl with a fair amount of passion. In fact, the worst thing here is her chart-topping post-American Idol hit "Inside Your Heaven," which is as formulaic as the mainstream country-pop that comprises the rest of Some Hearts, but with one crucial difference: the formula doesn't work, the song is too sappy and transparent, the arrangement too cold. On the rest of Some Hearts, everything clicks -- the production is warm, the tunes inoffensive but ingratiating, it straddles the country and pop worlds with ease, and most importantly, it's every bit as likeable as Carrie was on American Idol. Which means that even if she's not nearly as sassy or charismatic as Kelly Clarkson -- she's not as spunky as Nashville Star finalist Miranda Lambert, for that matter -- Carrie Underwood has delivered the best post-AmIdol record since Clarkson's debut.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828767119724
catalogNumber:
71197
Rank:
18936

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carrie Underwood   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano
Eric Darken   Percussion
Sid Page   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Joel Derouin   Violin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Endre Granat   Violin
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Michael Markman   Violin
Chris McHugh   Drums
Gary Morse   Steel Guitar
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Bass,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin,Strings,Violin,Cello,Viola,Octofone
Susan Chatman   Violin
Neil Thrasher   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Roberto Cani   Violin
Jim VanCleve   Fiddle
Mark Hill   Bass
Shanti Randall   Violin
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Violin
Morgane Hayes   Background Vocals
Steve Richards   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Violin
Daniel Smith   Cello
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Producer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Charles Judge   Programming
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Jimmy Olander   Composer
Tim Roberts   Pro-Tools
Steve Robson   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Jonathan Yudkin   Composer,String Arrangements
Mark Bright   Producer,Audio Production
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Trey Bruce   Composer
Matt Gruber   Engineer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Arranger,Engineer
Steve McEwan   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Jules Gondar   Engineer
Melissa Peirce   Composer
Marvin Green   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Morgane Hayes   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Carrie Underwood   Composer
Gregory Becker   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Josh Kear   Composer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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Some Hearts 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Mello_Writes More than 1 year ago
Great voice, well spoken lyrics, great beat
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I love CARRIE UNDERWOOD SHE IS AWESOME! SHE IS MY FAVORITE SINGER. I listen to her all the time. When my dad says he wrote one of her songs i wouldn't believe him. If it was true it would be weird. CARRIE UNDERWOOD ROCKS!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that this CD will make Carrie becone even a bigger star than she is now. I know this CD will be awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having heard a country song (very good) and a pop song I don't like, I expect this will not result in the best she can do. Keep it one or the other or make separate cds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an amazing set of songs on this cd. With hearing Jesus Take The Wheel it's such a touching song, and just pulls deep inside your heart. Carrie's voice is just amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally Carrie comes out with a cd.... i have been waiting! I bet it should be good and all the time she put into it will pay off!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know this cd will be INCREDIBLE, like anything else carrie has made, but i was REALLY hoping that angels brought me here would be on this cd. oh well, it will still be great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carrie Underwood your cd be great. you are my Idol. you rock Carrie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought she was doing a country album, but obviously there is a lot of "pop songs" on it. She needs to choose what genre she wants to be in fast !
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am so glad that i pre-ordered the cd, because it was definitly worth it. Carrie has the most beautiful voice, and the songs just carry it away! I aint in Checota anymore just hits home, and i know exactly what she means! I know yall will love this cd, and you wont be disappointed
Guest More than 1 year ago
Still going to buy it and still will be good, but "Angels brought me here" and "Alone" should have DEFINITELY been on it-- very disappointed that they are not. I hope its more pop than country, but I'll give it a try anyway...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I've only heared a short clip of 'Jesus Take the Wheel', I already know this is a fabulous album. How? People at IDF rave about how good the songs are and how it grows on them (love). I cannot wait to hear the rest of the songs and see the videos for JTTW! In case you didnt know, Carrie's making 2 videos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great CD, you don't have to like country music to LOVE this CD. It's got everything a Carrie fan , a country fan, and a pop fan could want. Carrie's voice is amazing and what a great choice of songs. Break down those musical walls, and stop defining someone. This CD will show the world you can sing what you love and the world will love it with you. Credit to Carrie for taking bold risks and she's going to sell a ton of these!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to the clips and am sorry to say that this girls voice is just way to high and actually hurts the ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carrie is at her best when singing the true country songs as Before He Cheats, I Just Can't Live, Don't Forget To Remember Me, and yes even I Ain't In Checotah Anymore. While Carrie does an excellent job on Pop song Some Hearts-it just doesn't feel true to Carrie's voice. I absolutely think this is an Awesome Debut Album From Carrie and look forward to her future Albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok first let me say i've been waiting like FOREVER for Carrie Underwood's CD to come out. I loved her on American Idol and I love this album. Her voice, those heartfelt lyrics and the tunes to each song just make me fall in love with the CD more and more. Each song has its own story and emotion which for me is the highlight of the album. Favorites include Wasted, Jesus Take The Wheel, Starts With Goodbye and I Ain't In Checotah Anymore. I would recommend this not only to Carrie Underwood fans but to anyone who has a love for some country and easy to listen to music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Carrie could do better. I also think not too much country add some rock she should expand like Kelly, Kelly has shown us that no matter what she choses to sing she makes it her own.she gives veriety and show all talent. You need to show more of your talent Carrie don't be afraid to take chances.