Carnival Ride - Carrie Underwood
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

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  1. Aug 30, 2013
    More upbeat and loud than her debut, Carnival Ride boasts co-writes by Underwood in more personal tracks that attract more of a fondness for her internal thoughts. Almost like a diary-album, it plays at as the aspirations for Underwood, still young in her career at the time of the album's release. All-American Girl, Get Out of This Town, The More Boys I Meet, Crazy Dreams, all championing the dream to grow and become a woman with the love of her man. The album's only flaws are the obvious attempts to imitate the success of her near-signature classic, Before He Cheats, through Last Name and Flat on the Floor. A solid little country album, that does a little more with Underwood's personality to establish as above average listening material. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sound and feel do mean a lot, but country records really survive on the strength of their songs, and the remarkable thing about Carnival Ride is that it's stronger song for song than Some Hearts, some of this due to Carrie herself, who bears four songwriting credits here, often in conjunction with some permutation of Steve McEwan and Hillary Lindsey, who pen a bunch of other tunes here.
  2. It's a straight-up Carrie Underwood album, and a very good one, with a handful of romps and laments that exist mainly to set the stage for the big-voiced, '80s-influenced, Southern-accented power ballads she sings so well.
  3. Carnival Ride simply doesn't offer anything for the unconverted in terms of Underwood's growth either as a vocalist or as an artist.