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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
I should've known by the way you passed 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: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. CaseyL.
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    Play On is a showcase of Carrie's vocals. Best CD so far.
  2. May 16, 2018
    10
    Play On is delicately inspiring and beautiful, with Carrie bringing once again beautiful and award-winning ballads. Play On is a real masterpiece.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. MattS
    Nov 15, 2009
    10
    I understand why the score is so low - this album is definitely a grower and on first listen the album might not seem so perfect. But it is.
  6. DianneM
    Nov 5, 2009
    9
    This is a great CD and Carrie does it again!
  7. Nov 8, 2018
    0
    What a gross album and her biggest flop. Every song is whinny and terribly written. Then again what do I expect from someone whose career wasWhat a gross album and her biggest flop. Every song is whinny and terribly written. Then again what do I expect from someone whose career was paid for. Expand

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