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Genres: Country, Pop
Australian two CD pressing of the Country music superstar's 2008 album includes a bonus CD containing five Christmas songs: 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing', 'The First Noel', 'What Child Is This', 'Do You Hear What I Hear' ... more »
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Australian two CD pressing of the Country music superstar's 2008 album includes a bonus CD containing five Christmas songs: 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing', 'The First Noel', 'What Child Is This', 'Do You Hear What I Hear' and 'O Holy Night'. Carnival Ride is the follow-up to her debut CD, Some Hearts, which has been certified sextuple platinum by the RIAA for shipments of more than six million copies. Carnival Ride gets its title from the lyrics of one of the new songs she has recorded. "You step onto this ride called life, and it's a crazy thing you don't know anything about, but you get on it anyway," the American Idol winner said. "You do what you can to lean different directions to try and get it to go where you want it to go, but you can't stop it -- it just keeps moving. That's why Carnival Ride works as my album title. It describes the wonderful craziness that I've been through over the past couple years." Sony/BMG.
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Leagues Better Than her First Album.
A* | New York, N.Y. United States | 10/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While most country stars go forward and reach for mainstream pop records, like Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood went in reverse. Her first disc had more than a few pop elements but this disc starts off with a foot stomper, "Flat on The Floor" and doesn't let up with fiddles, twang and chorus after chorus that will make you want to shout them out of your car windows. To say she has made a solid country disc in the vein of vintage Reba or Dolly is an understatement.
Underwood has even learned some new vocal tricks, as if she needed more, "Get Out of This Town," builds from an already assured vocal into a firestorm. Underwood isn't afraid to just go with the vocal and give a stronger reading as well. That was evident in her cover of "I'll Stand By You," which was simply stunning.
"Carnival Ride," is void of any weak tracks and this day and age that's a rare finding, some are stronger than others but, Jebus, the girl is giving her all to prove that she's a more than just a pretty face who sings country, she's trying to prove it's in her blood. And when you hear "You Won't Find This," that brings about that sing songy chorus that Shania Twain loves so much, you'll be a happy camper with your purchase."
Carrie conquers contemporary country
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 10/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second album from Carrie Underwood packs slightly less punch than her debut, but is still more than enough to further cement her place in the contemporary country hierarchy. Solidly country, this album showcases Underwood as a singer/songwriter with writing credits on four of the tracks - first single "So Small"; the excellent "All American Girl"; "Crazy Dreams" and the comedy track "Last Name". (If you liked Alan Jackson's "I Don't Even Know Your Name", you'll see lots of similarities to the aforementioned "Last Name".)
All the tracks are worth a listen, but some are immediately worth an instant replay. My recommendations are:
Flat on the Floor - a hard-rocking track with attitude
All-American Girl - instant single material with heartwarming lyrics
So Small - soaring first single about not sweating the small stuff
Just a Dream - a tear jerker with a wonderful chorus
Crazy Dreams - catchy beat just slightly reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Education"
I Told You So - slow ballad written by Randy Travis
Wheel of the World - an easy listening track with inspired backing music
If the four tracks on which she has songwriting credits are any indication, Carrie Underwood has nowhere to go but up - should be a wild ride. (4.5 stars)
Amanda Richards, October 23, 2007