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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  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: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. ClarizaS.
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    Great album! Favorite songs are Someday When I Stop Loving You, Temporary Home, Songs Like This, This Time. Carrie Underwood's voice is Great album! Favorite songs are Someday When I Stop Loving You, Temporary Home, Songs Like This, This Time. Carrie Underwood's voice is top notch Expand
  2. HilaryC.
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    AMERICAN IDOL Season 4 champ, the beautiful, wonderful, perfect, all-American country entertainer CARRIE UNDERWOOD has justr launched her AMERICAN IDOL Season 4 champ, the beautiful, wonderful, perfect, all-American country entertainer CARRIE UNDERWOOD has justr launched her third studio album as her follow-up to her 2007 "CARNIVAL RIDE". To be honest, "PLAY ON" is nowhere close to be the greatest album of all-time but it can without a doubt be one of the best albums released in 2009 or even the century! "COWBOY CASANOVA" s a sassy country rock smash that just 'gives you the feeling that you don't wanna fight' but fall for it. Its guitar chords may not be as solid as in Jason Aldean's "She's Country", and it probably needs to be extended before the 'run run away' part to include some guitar or even violin solo, it's definitely one of the finest country tune ever. The Max Martin produced "QUITTER" may not have the potential of "...Baby One More Time", "Since U Been Gone", "I Kissed A Girl" or "So What", but it's better to stay the way it is now instead of being a guaranteed rocky-sounding hit. It's sweet and adorable by any means. "MAMA's SONG" is probably a follow-up to CARRIE's previous hits "Don't Forget To Remember Me" with the element of "All-American Girl", showing the similar wish acrosses generations. It won't be a big hit in my opinion, yet it'd easily be a fan-favourited sidetrack. "CHANGE" is my recent favourite for now. Since I've heard the demo, I've always hope CARRIE to include the track in the album. Maybe some people think the lyrics of its verses are kinda corny, but I love it and it touches me everytime I listen to it. It'd be a perfect opening for her if CARRIE wants to explore overseas markets. "UNDO IT" is another guaranteed hit after "COWBOY CASANOVA". Enough said. "SOMEDAY WHENN I STOP LOVING YOU" is apparently a fan-favourite(and CARRIE's personal favourite now) and it may be released as a single like "I Told You So". It's really sad and it's lovely at the same time. You just NEED songs like this when you're going through soime difficult situations. Okay, and "SONGS LIKE THIS". It's the "The More Boys I Meet" in "PLAY ON". Love it. "TEMPORARY HOME" is deep and profound. It even beats "Just A Dream". "THIS TIME". "LOOK AT ME". Beautiful duet with Vince Gill. "UNAPOLIGIZE". It may not be a single after all but it's definitely has enough potential to be one. So sweet. "WHAT CAN I SAY". Awesome collaboration. "PLAY ON". That's a sum-up for the album. Good job Carrie! Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2012
    10
    This is the sound of modernized country music with a touch of inspiring songs. No song will be wasted in this album. The vocals of CarrieThis is the sound of modernized country music with a touch of inspiring songs. No song will be wasted in this album. The vocals of Carrie Underwood is clearly set to be the new standard of country genre Expand
  4. NickK
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    Something a little different from typical Carrie Underwood- but it works amazingly well, perhaps better than both her previous CD's, Something a little different from typical Carrie Underwood- but it works amazingly well, perhaps better than both her previous CD's, Some Hearts and Carnival Ride. Expand
  5. WardB.
    Nov 7, 2009
    10
    Anyone who thinks that this isn't one fantastic album needs their head and ears examined. She just keeps getting better and better. I love it.
  6. TammyD
    Nov 10, 2009
    10
    A great mix of contemporary and traditional country.
  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. Collapse

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