Blown Away - Carrie Underwood
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  • Summary: The fourth studio album for the Grammy-winning country singer was produced by Mark Bright.
  • Record Label: Arista
  • Genre(s): Pop, Country, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Pop Idol, Contemporary Country
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 1, 2012
    89
    In an already impressive, multi-platinum career, Blown Away is a landmark achievement.
  2. 83
    When she's a good girl, she's very good--but Bad Carrie just sounds better.
  3. May 10, 2012
    80
    This is easily Carrie's most well-rounded and confident work to date.
  4. Apr 30, 2012
    70
    While the album starts bold and mechanically impressive, it gets progressively quieter over the course of its first half, as if she were taking a break from fire-breathing... [Yet] relaxation is not her milieu.
  5. Jun 14, 2012
    60
    However predictable the package, there's fun to be had in these tales of bad dads, cheating husbands and cold, cold hearts, and Underwood delivers them with sweet purposefulness.
  6. May 1, 2012
    60
    This is nebulous pop music dressed up in country fringe, zoomed out so far that Underwood never nails anything in particular.
  7. 50
    Mostly, though, Blown Away finds her using her remarkable voice to deliver feel-good bromides.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. May 5, 2012
    10
    Even though I wish there would be more "dark" materials on the album like she promised, as a stand-alone album, Blown Away is an astoundingEven though I wish there would be more "dark" materials on the album like she promised, as a stand-alone album, Blown Away is an astounding collection of fun, sweet, dramatic, sad and thoughtful songs. Unlike the previous albums, Carrie takes you on a ride to different places; every song feels important and thoughtfully planned out. Recommended tracks: Wine After Whiskey, Good in Goodbye, Good Girl, Two Black Cadillacs, Thank God for Hometown, One Way Ticket, Cupid's Got a Shotgun. Expand
  2. May 2, 2012
    10
    "Blown Away" is yet another great album released by American Idol winner, Country superstar Carrie Underwood!

    It's her most artistic effort
    "Blown Away" is yet another great album released by American Idol winner, Country superstar Carrie Underwood!

    It's her most artistic effort so far, and the highlights go to the dramatic songs "Blown Away" and "Two Black Cadillac". Nevertheless, being as Country as she is, considering she's a proud Opry member, she also included some really Country tunes really she had never did before. These include the cute and interesting "Cupid's Got A Shotgun" which actually features Entertainer of the Year, Brad Paisley on electric guitar. And also "One Way Ticket", which has very heavy influences from the likes of Kenny Chesney.
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  3. Dec 16, 2012
    10
    This album is a masterpiece. Differently from "Play On", "Blown Away" tracks are very different from each other, and she goes really country,This album is a masterpiece. Differently from "Play On", "Blown Away" tracks are very different from each other, and she goes really country, she goes a little mellow, she goes a little pop, she goes a little rock, she is a multi-colored palette, and even though she show many different colours, they all work together, and nothing seems out of place in here. Carrie has proved once again why she is so successful, and this time, she's done it with real quality. Expand
  4. May 3, 2012
    9
    This is Carrie's 4th album. If we look back at history, most singers really give their most artistically creative and personal albums at thisThis is Carrie's 4th album. If we look back at history, most singers really give their most artistically creative and personal albums at this point. Britney Spears gave us In The Zone which saw her really getting down and dirty and completely shedding her good girl image. Same can be said about Rihanna's Rated R. Beyoncé's 4 was an incredible adventure into her beautiful loving soul and took us back to the golden days of R&B. Miranda Lambert's Four The Record swept award season because she was finally able to shed her "woman scorned" image and show that she was still a loving lady. Now I'm sitting here writing a review for one of the industries strongest vocals, beaming in exciting because I can say the same thing for her. Carrie Underwood's Blown Away album is her most brooding and chilling in some places, while in others she is as goofy and country as ever. I guess she really took note of critics mixed reviews for Play On because she didn't hold back a damn thing. Here are some highlights.

    Per usual the album starts with the lead single "Good Girl" which was her official "I'm back, bitches" statement to the country charts, which she has slowly been cracking, showing longevity while others make short stints at the top spots. Think "Cowboy Casanova" being retold to some poor foolishly in love little girl who's about to run of with the absolute worst guy she could end up with. If Carrie Underwood was belting at me like that, I definitely wouldn't go with him. By the end of the song, Carrie's already got you in a dark mood, thinking about some man that pissed you off. The next two songs really took me by surprise. "Blown Away" is easily the greatest story in her discography. It tells the tale of a **** father who meets his maker at the mercy of mother nature, in a vengeful feat by his daughter. Lyrically, the song is a metaphorical powerhouse, "There's not enough rain in Oklahoma to wash the sins out of this house." Whatever went down in that house, she is ready to let it go, including the man who caused it all. If I don't convince you to buy this album by the end of this review, do yourself a favor and buy this track on iTunes.

    Underwood stays in Lifetime movie mode with "Two Black Cadillacs" which is another tear-jerking tale, this time about a wife and a mistress who finally meet at the funeral of their mischievous man-whore. Yes, interesting story, but Underwood's delivery in this song makes it all the more chilling. "Forever Changed" is this album's "Temporary Home" or "Just A Dream" and most classically country. The story is really just unnecessarily sad. Having dealt with family or friends that suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's may make this song touchy for some, but every will feel the emotional outpouring from Underwood's subdued deliver.

    "One Way Ticket" is pretty much Underwood's own little "Margaritaville." Fun country tune fused with a tropical beat that sounds like a fun time on the beach with a Corona.

    I'm hoping "Leave Love Alone" becomes a single. It's the album's most catchy and fun song. I almost, and I hate saying this, chop it up to Sugarland. The tune is just incredible addictive.

    Brad Paisley joins the mix on "Cupid's Got A Shotgun" which follows the previous track in being extremely fun and radio ready. I'd love a video for this song more than any other.

    Overall, Blown Away just really blows Play On out of the water. Carrie takes everything that's worked well for in the past, critically, and kicks it up a notch. This is only the second album released this year that I feel is worthy of a "Album of the Year" Grammy nomination. (The other honor goes to Lana Del Rey for the cohesive Born to Die LP)

    Rating this album isn't hard at all. 3 listens in and I'm actually going to upgrade it one point that I'd originally prepared and give Carrie a 9 out of 10.

    Buy this album! Buy this album! Buy this album!
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  5. Jan 6, 2014
    9
    Firstly, I must say to the person who rated a 0 claiming that she jokes about Tay and should "die with a stick in her mouth", let me ask, whatFirstly, I must say to the person who rated a 0 claiming that she jokes about Tay and should "die with a stick in her mouth", let me ask, what the hell does that have to do with her album?

    For the actual review, I must say whilst this album has a few imperfections, overall it is a very good album. Whilst some songs are a little bland for me (See You Again, for example however I will say it does have a nice message and I always tear up watching the video) and a few songs a kinda over-produced, this is by far her most creative project and the risks payed off. And, as always, her voice is amazing and powerful.

    Stand-out tracks: Do You Think About Me, Blown Away, Two Black Cadillacs, Wine After Whiskey (to be fair, everything on the album is worth a listen, but these tracks are those that stand out to me. Of course, we all have different tastes)
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  6. Aug 30, 2013
    8
    With Underwood soaring her vocals to heights not recorded on her own studio albums before, Blown Away is a masterpiece in achieving the bestWith Underwood soaring her vocals to heights not recorded on her own studio albums before, Blown Away is a masterpiece in achieving the best vocal capabilities of any Idol alumni (even outshining Kelly Clarkson.) With a mix of fun summer-sound jams like Good Girl and One Way Ticket, to the dark and brooding Two Black Cadillacs and Blown Away, Underwood's vocals command the lyrics and blow away the production. With expertise quality in delivering an album that flows naturally from desolate and dark, to cheery, and hopeful Underwood and her team have delivered an album solid for the genre of Country. While perhaps best favoring the album's closing ballad in Who Are You, mid-album track, Thank God For Hometowns, and single See You Again, Underwood rivals even the majesty of her previous release (Play On). Expand
  7. Sep 16, 2012
    2
    Just bought this album and was disappointed. I think she took 2 steps back from her previous works. I bought it because I liked her firstJust bought this album and was disappointed. I think she took 2 steps back from her previous works. I bought it because I liked her first single, Good Girl, but the rest of the songs just did not do anything at all for me. Just very bland and she doesn't seem to have evolved at all. Oh well, maybe next CD. Expand

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