Play On

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  • Summary: The third album for the multi-award winning country singer was again produced by Mark Bright.

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Undo It
Should've known by the way you pass me by There was something in your eyes And it wasn't right I should've walked but I never had the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Here, the artist seems to finally feel comfortable in her own skin. It's a wide-ranging album-she's in love, out of love, light-hearted and playful.
  2. As always, her vocal ability is beyond reproach; a crack in the immaculately polished veneer, however, would be welcome too.
  3. The earnest ballads outnumber the uptempo stuff with a lower hit-to-miss ratio and feel a lot more generic in terms of who is/could be singing them.
  4. On Play On her approach results in a scattershot collection that too often mistakes bombast for sincerity ('Unapologize') and sap for sentiment ('Temporary Home').
  5. Carrie takes a much stronger presence as a writer here, co-authoring seven of the 13 songs, and she's attracted to hookless showstoppers designed to showcase her powerful voice, all glory notes with no glory. When she sticks to tunes written solely by the professionals, Play On does have some slick pleasures.
  6. Play On exhibits a distressing lack of dimension for a singer with Underwood's obvious abilities.
  7. It’s not all unremittingly awful; generally, all the faux-shitkicking glossy country Bon Jovi stuff is half-way listenable. But brother, do the ballads ever stink.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. AllisonS
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    This album is incredible, and all the snarky critics are just trashing it because they hate Carrie's spiritual songs or inspirational This album is incredible, and all the snarky critics are just trashing it because they hate Carrie's spiritual songs or inspirational songs. So much for their tolerance of freedom of beliefs. I guess that only applies to their own beliefs, conveniently. If someone dares to sing a song about changing the world and making it better, they are a sap. If you sing about God, you are a loser, according to these critics. They all trashed the same two songs: Temporary Home (spiritual) and Change (inspirational), because they are heartless and don't believe in what Carrie believes in. That is fine, but don't trash her music because you want to mock her spirituality. Talk about hypocritical. Rock on Carrie! Best album of your career! Expand
  2. WuiZ
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    I am not sure in what condition when others are listening to this album. Distressing lack of Dimensions? Excuse me. It's about country. I am not sure in what condition when others are listening to this album. Distressing lack of Dimensions? Excuse me. It's about country. It doesn't mean when you show 100% abilities, you will have good album. You have to understand how the songs relate with her life so far and how the way she interpret. Glory notes with no glory? Excuse me. Are you expecting for high notes all the time? No speciality in her vocal? No beautiful lyrics? If you think so, you are not supposed to write review for country music, cos' you are not qualified enough to judge. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2016
    10
    As always Carrie Underwood is perfect on Play On. And just as the name says you will want to play it on and on. She soars especially high onAs always Carrie Underwood is perfect on Play On. And just as the name says you will want to play it on and on. She soars especially high on the Christian track Temporary Home. Expand
  4. Lawrence
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    AWESOME vocals! Love that she's writing more! And she's breaking out her box.
  5. ChristianH.
    Nov 8, 2009
    10
    Did this album really get a 58 rating? Wow, this is an amazing cd. The songs and that voice are just untouchable.
  6. SimonS
    Nov 12, 2009
    10
    First off some of the critics reviews were way to harsh! Sure this isnt the best album in the entire universe but in my opinion it is pretty First off some of the critics reviews were way to harsh! Sure this isnt the best album in the entire universe but in my opinion it is pretty good. I also dont think listening to the album once will really give you a good feel for it. I have listened to the album A LOT! I actually cant seem to stop playing it! I LOVE it! There are sometthings she could have done differently and listening to the demos I proably wouldnt have picked that exact song line up, but It is how it is. I still think this is a strong album. Carrie's voice is unbeatable! It just doesnt get any better then what she has! My personal favorites on this album are: "What Can I Say" (AMAZING!!!), "Cowboy Casanova", "Songs like This", "Someday When I Stop Loving You" and "Undo It"! Buy the album!!! Expand
  7. MattC.
    Nov 18, 2009
    4
    Carrie is making the mistake of going pop to try to crossover without remixing her songs, so in the end she loses what little country sound Carrie is making the mistake of going pop to try to crossover without remixing her songs, so in the end she loses what little country sound she had. Also her songs are pretty much do-overs of her last album, with the lyrics just switched around. Expand

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