Carnival Ride

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  • Summary: The "American Idol" winner returns with her follow-up to her multiaward winning debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Carnival Ride covers its bases impeccably, from the roof-raising opener 'Flat on the Floor' to the gorgeous, torchy ballad 'I Know You Won't' and the already-massive anthem 'So Small.'
  2. The Oklahoman delivers in spades on her sophomore effort, on which she was much more involved in the creative process.
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    Cheery and unassuming, Underwood is a pleasant oddity: a pop star whose central belief is her own powerlessness.
  5. Carnival Ride is more country and therefore more confident.
  6. Carnival Ride doesn’t include anything as stand-alone stunning as the song she’ll still be singing at state fairs when she’s 64, but it’s a much better front-to-back collection than her debut.
  7. A record with stronger songs that somehow manages to sound just as banal as her first.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Sep 2, 2015
    10
    Carrie Underwood is a monster of singer and this album, as Some Hearts, is the proof. Carnival Ride is my second Carrie favourite albumCarrie Underwood is a monster of singer and this album, as Some Hearts, is the proof. Carnival Ride is my second Carrie favourite album (behind Some Hearts). Every song is fantastic, every song has a deep meaning at it and every song has the classical catchy country sound! Expand
  2. KM
    Oct 27, 2007
    10
    I didn't think it was possible for her to top SH, but she did. This album is amazing!
  3. Dustins.
    Nov 1, 2007
    10
    I love it Carrie and all of her cd's rocks i love all the songs especially: Just a dream
  4. MichaelN.
    Oct 25, 2007
    9
    This is an amazing album. It might even be better than the first. My favorites are I Know You Won't and Crazy Dreams. I like to listen This is an amazing album. It might even be better than the first. My favorites are I Know You Won't and Crazy Dreams. I like to listen to every song. They are all great. Expand
  5. CherylB.
    Oct 27, 2007
    9
    My favorites are :Just a Dream" and "Last Name." The album makes you feel a variety of emotion. Tears one minute and laughter the next. Its My favorites are :Just a Dream" and "Last Name." The album makes you feel a variety of emotion. Tears one minute and laughter the next. Its not "Some Hearts" but they could not do that again if they tried. But is a good sophomore CD. Expand
  6. MattD.
    Oct 26, 2007
    8
    A slight improvement over Some Hearts; I would recommend Carnival Ride to all Carrie fans - and even those who like traditional stuff should A slight improvement over Some Hearts; I would recommend Carnival Ride to all Carrie fans - and even those who like traditional stuff should give it a listen. It is definitely a countrier effort, and her voice is versatile enough to suit the different styles here. A couple ballads remain overproduced, and Carrie still doesn't always capture nuances, but those are somewhat minor complaints. I just enjoyed the ride. Expand
  7. KA
    Oct 26, 2007
    0
    come on. be brave, Carrie.

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