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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

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
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 140 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 140
  2. Negative: 53 out of 140
  1. Sep 29, 2017
    0
    This album is seriously wack. 1st time that her praisin' god don't sound so inspirational. Too bad racists out in the boondocks won't giveThis album is seriously wack. 1st time that her praisin' god don't sound so inspirational. Too bad racists out in the boondocks won't give real music artists like 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, or even Kendrick Lamar a chance, because it's good for ya. Yourself and your soul. Not poptart crap like dis. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 17, 2018
    9
    Carrie Underwood gave another great album but I liked her first two better. She continues to my favorite singer and to me the best countryCarrie Underwood gave another great album but I liked her first two better. She continues to my favorite singer and to me the best country singer of all time and one of the best singers of all time. I loved the songs Temporary Home, Mama's Song, Cowboy Casanova, Play On, and Undo It. The music video for was very touching and beautifully done. I also loved the video for Cowboy Casanova is was very fun and well done. I loved the album cover with the daisies I thought it was very simple but very cute. Full Review »