Carrie Underwood certainly didn’t disappoint with her latest album, Blown Away. Released on Tuesday May 1, Blown Away is Underwood’s fourth studio album and features much darker songs than her previous music, which focused heavily on the love of family and the idea of happily ever after. The transformation is evident with the cover art displayed on the album, where Underwood is shown looking tan and tone in a beautiful gown of dark gray and silver that would make any girl envious of her wardrobe. The storm clouds in the background are an ominous clue as to the types of songs a listener can expect from the music.
Blown Away is not only the album’s name, but also the title of the second track. The song shows a small peek into a young girl’s abusive home life and the feeling of being caught in a dangerous storm. “Two Black Cadillacs” immediately follows, describing how two women brought fatal revenge upon a man who was cheating on them both.
The album isn’t all gloom, though! “Good Girl,” the single that was released on February 23, is an anthem for female empowerment and independence, where the singer is convincing a girl to recognize when her boy is just “no good for you.” Then there are Underwood’s standard country tunes, like “Cupid’s Got a Shotgun,” which uses just about every line of shooting and hunting clichés that exists in the English language, and “Thank God for Hometowns.” This song is a bit more religious, like the last track on the album, “Who Are You,” but it can make anyone nostalgic for their own hometown, even those who hated it when they were stuck there!
There is a tie for best track between “Wine After Whiskey,” which could very easily be the most poetically written of all the songs on the album, and “One Way Ticket,” the happiest of all the songs on the album. “Wine After Whiskey” will make a listener sit back and really absorb the emotions behind the words that Underwood is singing, where “One Way Ticket” will make a listener immediately want to post the link to the music on a stressed-out friend’s Facebook wall during finals week to cheer them up!
Overall, Underwood’s fourth album is deemed a success! While the themes behind her music have certainly matured since her early days fresh off of winning the fourth season of American Idol, what audiences have always enjoyed most about her music, is Underwood’s talent in communicating a great story. Within each individual track, she somehow manages to create new characters and tales that stay with us long after the song is over.