Some Hearts

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828767119724
  • Catalog Number: 71197
  • Sales rank: 3,328

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
Dan Huff Electric Guitar
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
Chris Rowe Digital Editing
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
Chris Tompkins Composer
Steve McEwan Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Andreas Carlsson Composer
Jules Gondar Engineer
Melissa Peirce Composer
Marvin Green Composer
Wayne Hector Composer
Andy Ackland Digital Editing
Adam Ayan Mastering
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Morgane Hayes Composer
Troy Verges Composer
Carrie Underwood Composer
Gregory Becker Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Josh Kear Composer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    All Round Outstanding

    Great voice, well spoken lyrics, great beat

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    I have this CD AT HOME

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great album

    Love the whole album and would highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    a great debut album by a hottie wif a bodii

    this chick makes amazing music how can people not like her plus shes effing hawt and sexii her music is awesome i cant wait till she releases her thrid and 4th studio albums carrie underwood is the best of the best

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I love Carrie Underwood and this CD is a great first release! Once you get past the over played songs (which are still great when listened to sparaticly) it's really an amazing album! Hearing that she'd won American Idol when she broke onto the Country scene had me skeptical, but I watched a preview on CMT and decided what the heck and I'm so glad I did! Now that I have her follow up album as well I feel that she may have been somewhat supressed by winning AI. I think they held back some of her country to appeal to the pop croud thus why it gets a 4 not 5, but still a great album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    Before this CD came out, I wasn't such a big fan of country. However, Carrie Underwood's voice is amazing! She has such passion and emotion in her voice. Great work, Carrie, and we look forward to your next album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my Favorite Cds

    This CD is absolutely phonomenal! I will admit, I really didn't like country music before I heard this CD, and I'm still not a big fan, but I would recommend this to anyone. Normally, on any CD, there would be one or two songs that I wasn't crazy for, but this was one of those rare CDs where every song was terrific! Maybe the lowest rating I would give to a song would be a 3.9 and that would be We're Young and Beautiful. Everything else deserved 4.5/ 5. You MUST buy this CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best C.D. EVER!!!

    I have loved Carrie Underwood since American Idol! When I bought this C.D. I had all the songs memerized in less than a week. My favorite songs are Before He Cheats, and We're Young and Beautiful. If your a fan of music that is fun and gets to dance and sing with it I REALLY sugesset that you buy this C.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Country

    Carrie Underwood is a truly amazing country singer. She has a great voice and in concert she is alwasy pitch perfect maybe out of 5 songs she sings in concert there are 3 notes that were off. She is so good! Great songs are Don't For Get to Remeber Me, Jesus Take the Wheel, Before He Cheats, Some Hearts and I Ain't in Checotah Anymore. BUY IT! Even if your not a country fan or an American Idol (which I'm not a fan of...) you should get it! (...and I did!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beth123

    carrie underwood rocks! My favorite song is we're young and beautiful. At first I thought it was going to be some really bad country cd but I was wrog. You should totally get this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    I love this album! I've been a fan of carrie's since she was on american idol. She has a beautiful voice and defintley deserved to be crowned the american idol. I love all the songs on this album. My favorites are jesus take the wheel, and young and beautiful. I hope she does another album. Keep up the great work. If you are a fan of carrie's, then this album is for you. You won't be disppointed! Five stars for a wonderful album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best country singer!!!!

    Carrie underwood is honestly the best singeri have ever heard! She is amazing, and American Idol just isn't the same anymore after her stunning performance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I love the song jesus'take the wheel'this is a outstanding cd ever so buy it fast,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SHE DIDNT WIN A BUCNH OF AWARDS FOR NOTHIN!

    Carrie Underwood - The Best Female singer of All Time. The whole cd is awesome. STARTS WITH GOODBYE is the best. if you liked her performance of "ALONE" on american idol. u will love "Starts with goodbye" so get the album. u will not be disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Idol Singer!!

    Carrie has one of the best voices in country music. A must buy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carrie is #1

    Carrie Underwood is truly a gifted singer in country business. I dont have the CD, but I have most of her songs on my iPod and they are so good to listen to. My favorites are Jesus Take the Wheel and Before he Cheats- Jesus Take the Wheel is a very sweet song and Before He Cheats is the the song where Carrie really brings out her attitude- which makes the song really good. Carrie`s CD is definitely one to have in your collection or on your iPod

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ooh ohoh ohh Carrie!

    I love carrie and I think that she has a good voice too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She is Amazing

    I think that Carrie Underwood is amazing and I am sure my cousin will agree with me. You can't trash her if it isn't the kind of music you like so don't listen. She is better than any rock group

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Downright ADDICTIVE AND AMAZING!

    I loved Carrie ever since she auditioned for AI. (Let me add, I'm she's the only country singer I will EVER listen too). And I couldn't wait for her CD to come out. Well, it was defenity worth it. With songs such as "Jesus, Take The Wheel" (Which really gets to you), Don't Forget to Remember Me, Some Hearts (title track) and "Whenever You Remember", it has everything. Not to mention, these songs REALLY show off her amazing vocals. In "The Night Before (Life Goes On)" She holds that last note for 16 seconds! (I timed it). She has some AWESOME vocals. And with songs like "I Ain't In Checotah Anymore" (Which she co-wrote) there's so much to like here. I recamend this to anybody who loves Carrie, or country music! Just a word of advise: Once you get it, you're addicted... be careful... it WILL NOT leave your CD player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Amazing

    We are huge Carrie fans. We listen to her each meeting of our club. This ablum contains very good songs. Our favorites are Jesus Take the Wheel, and Before he cheats. The people who say she stinks obviously don't have a good taste in music

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