Play On

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 3, 2009
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic 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. No amount of hackneyed songwriting can undermine Ms. Underwood’s voice, which is consistently impressive, capable of pneumatic thrusts. It enlivens plenty of moments here.
  5. On Play On her approach results in a scattershot collection that too often mistakes bombast for sincerity ('Unapologize') and sap for sentiment ('Temporary Home').
  6. 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.
  7. Play On exhibits a distressing lack of dimension for a singer with Underwood's obvious abilities.
  8. She still lacks the grit and the distinctive, intuitive phrasing of the best country singers, but the better moments of Play On suggest that she's capable of developing into more than a technically proficient cipher.
  9. 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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2015
    8
    In my opinion, it is her best album. Amazing sonority and voice, a solid country album. But I also feel Carrie's lyrics lacks personality,In my opinion, it is her best album. Amazing sonority and voice, a solid country album. But I also feel Carrie's lyrics lacks personality, everything is so bland and every single album from her discuss the same subjects, she needs to stand out a little more. Full Review »
  3. Aug 18, 2014
    8
    Love this female singer...She's awesome...always have loved her music since she was on American Idol. ..She's got an amazing voice...have allLove this female singer...She's awesome...always have loved her music since she was on American Idol. ..She's got an amazing voice...have all her albums and singles Full Review »