Reminder: Our album reviews will now be ranks of the songs on that particular album from worst to best.
14. See You Again
Is it an awful song? No. It just sounds extremely similar to a song called Lessons Learned from Some Hearts. The end result is boring cliche lyrics with music that hasn’t matured. Thus, we get a second rate track from a previous album.
13. Two Black Cadillacs
A story song that almost plays like a darker Before He Cheats about a husband who is murdered by his wife and his wife’s mistress. Does a guy really deserve to die for cheating? The song tries entirely too hard.
12. Thank God For Hometowns
Admittedly, it’s an accurate song for anyone who has ever lived in a small town. That said, this is a regression for Carrie and sounds like something we should have heard on a previous CD. There are some nice moments here though.
11. Forever Changed
There seems to be a pattern happening with more recent Carrie songs. It started last album with Mama’s Song and Temporary Home. These dumb story songs are a dime a dozen in country music. This is a prime example of such a song. The music is pretty, and one can appreciate the way Carrie doesn’t over sing. But for a woman to be singing lyrics about being “forever named” when she gets married is just strange to me. This is 2012, not a Twilight movie.
10. Blown Away
I guess this is Carrie’s idea of what “dark” means. I was expecting a little more from the title track. Strangely, this is rumored to be her second single but I can’t really understand why, because as you can see, there are eight better tracks here that haven’t been released yet. It’s a good song with a powerful story, but dark lyrics don’t necessarily make a dark song.
9. Who Are You
A beautiful love song unlike anything Carrie has ever really sung before and a great way to end the album.
8. Nobody Ever Told You
Despite the random and distracting “aoomp aoomp” that pops up about halfway through, this track is exactly the direction in which Carrie should be going. One of a couple acoustic tracks that places Carrie’s voice with a guitar/banjo with lyrics fit for a country queen. More of this please.
7. Wine After Whiskey
This might be the truest sounding country ballad Carrie has ever done. It sounds like something Trisha Yearwood or LeAnn Womack would have sung at the height of their careers.
6. Leave Love Alone
A great self aware uptempo similar in style to The More Boys I Meet.
5. Good In Goodbye
Despite its gimmicky title and mediocre chorus, the verses in this song are brilliant, chill inducing and extremely mature sounding. Carrie has never sounded better.
4. Good Girl
It’s very obvious why this was the lead single and why it starts the album. Similar in sound to many of Carrie’s other uptempo “fuck you” tracks (Undo It, Cowboy Casanova). “You better get to gettin’ on your goodbye shoes” should likely become a country catchphrase for Underwood.
3. One Way Ticket
I’m not a fan of the whistling, but thankfully it goes away quickly. That said, this is one of the most fun and relaxed songs Carrie has ever recorded. I absolutely adore this track and Carrie uses her voice in a way we’ve never heard before. I seriously hope this is a single.
2. Cupid’s Got A Shotgun
Just when the album feels a little heavy handed and dreary, Carrie gives us a Miranda Lambert sounding genuinely comical track that’s practically begging to open her next tour. “Cupid’s got a shotgun and he’s pointing it at me.” This is classic country at its best.
1. Do You Think About Me
You can just picture Carrie sitting on a porch with a couple guitars singing this gorgeous track. This song is the very reason I love Carrie and it’s the direction she really needs to be taking. No frills, no soaring chorus nonsense, no melodramatics. Just Carrie, a banjo, and a great song about first love. This song is beautiful.
Carrie seems a little stuck between two avenues in her career at the moment. Blown Away signifies a woman who has one foot in and one foot out. There’s a reason Carnival Ride is widely considered Carrie’s best effort to date. It was consistent with who she was as an artist at the time. Plus it’s the most overall mature record she’s released.
Blown Away, while giving us some of the best of Carrie’s career (Do You Think About Me, One Way Ticket) also gives us some of her worst (See You Again, Two Black Cadillacs). The phrase “wildly uneven” has never rang truer. There are moments of greatness here. I only wish she would have cut the cheeseball story tracks that will ultimately become forgettable and alienate fans.
Here’s hoping she can hone in that acoustic sound mixed with the Carrie we’ve all loved since Some Hearts by the time her next effort rolls around.