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My album of the moment!
Some Hearts - Carrie Underwood
Member Name: tartlette
Some Hearts - Carrie Underwood
Advantages: Great songs, great singer
I'm a pretty strange version of a 26 year old, I rarely drink, I spend my spare time looking at old buildings, I listen to Terry Wogan in the mornings (alas he's now gone, but I shall probably tune in to the Sunday show when that starts!) and I have a penchant for country music! On my trips to the States I kept hearing a song which really grabbed my interest. However, I never paid too much attention as to who the song was actually by and it wasn't until I had an HMV voucher to spare that I decided to look the album out.
WHO IS CARRIE UNDERWOOD?
Carrie Underwood was the winner of the fourth season of American Idol and therefore follows in the footsteps of another favourite of mine, Kelly Clarkson. She won in 2005 and has since released two albums (with the third coming later this year). She's generally known for country style music although it often has a pop side to it as well. Since winning Idol she's been incredibly successful in America but is not at all well known over her.
Some Hearts was Underwood's first album and was released in 2005. Underwood has a very rich voice which I really like. Mr Tart said she sounded like Christina Aguilera and I have to agree, although there is a country edge to it. Mr Tart also appreciated that Carrie Underwood is somewhat 'easy on the eye' and enjoyed examining the album cover and poster that comes inside. I'll go through the tracks to give you some idea of what to expect.
1. Wasted: This song was the fourth single released by Underwood. The song starts of with quite a soulful sound to it, but the chorus is much livelier. The song is about people being addicted, in the first verse it is a woman who has to leave a relationship and the second is a man who is addicted to alcohol. I think the verses are more soulful to show the people dealing with the addictions 'for one split second, she almost turned around, but that would be like pouring raindrops back into a cloud' whereas the chorus is livelier showing the new positive attitude of the people 'I don't want to spend my life jaded, waiting to wake up one day and find, that I've let all these years go by wasted'. I really like this song, it's not a traditional country theme and I think that makes it stand out and I really like the way the tune mimics the positive actions taken by the people.
2. Don't Forget to Remember Me: Another of my favourite tracks as I really like the sentiment of the song. The song is about Underwood leaving home. The first verse is her mother saying 'don't forget to remember me' and the second is Underwood saying it to her mother over the phone once she's left. I think the words don't forget to remember me are so appropriate for lots of situations. The song is quite slow paced and Underwood's rich voice comes through really well in it.
3. Some Hearts: The title track on the album is not one of my favourites but I can't really explain why. It's quite upbeat and is about someone who is feeling lucky because of her relationship. 'Some hearts just get lucky sometimes, even hearts like mine'. This song is a bit more pop than country. It's definitely still a good song and quite catchy, just not one of the best.
4. Jesus Take the Wheel: Religion is often a theme in country music and God is mentioned more than once in Underwood's songs. This is the most explicitly religious song. It is about a young woman driving home to see her parents on Christmas Eve with her baby in the back when she crashes 'before she knew she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass'. As the car is crashing she cries for 'Jesus to Take the Wheel'. Whether you agree with the religious message of the song or not, it is a beautiful song, quite slow paced as fitting the content and really shows off her voice.
5. The Night Before (Life Goes On): This is definitely a favourite of mine. I think it's a sentiment that most people can relate to. The song is about a young couple who are going to be split up when she goes to university and how they spend their last night together. The music to this song has a country twang and is reasonably quick paced. I think everyone has had a night when they know that something will change the next day and they are enjoying the last night before they face it.
6. Lessons Learned: Another one which I think we can all relate to. This is an upbeat song which is really catchy. The song is about how all the experiences of life are lessons learned and how she appreciates every one of them. 'I'm thankful for every break in my heart, I'm grateful for every scar'. The verses build start slowly and build up to a crescendo of the main message of the song.
7. Before he Cheats: This was the song that I kept hearing on American radio which inspired me to get the album. I absolutely love this song. It has a very country feel and is a really fun song to sing along to. It is about a girl that's been cheated on and how she takes revenge. The verses are her imagining her ex with his new lady 'right now he's probably buying her some fruity little drink 'cos she can't shoot whisky'. The chorus is her revenge 'I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped up 4 wheel drive, carved my name into his leather seats'. The lyrics are great (although Underwood didn't write them) with my favourite line being 'right now she's probably saying I'm drunk, and he's thinking that he's gonna to get lucky'. It's such a catchy song it's no wonder that it's still played all the time on American radio. For me, it is the best song on the album.
8. Starts with Goodbye: A really powerful song. It starts out with Underwood singing very soulfully, but the chorus is faster paced and very strong sounding. The song is about breaking up with someone 'it's sad but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life, starts with goodbye'. The only bit of the song I don't like is the ending with the lyrics 'na na na na' being repeated - I don't think those lyrics go with the song but the rest of the song is really good.
9. I Just Can't Live a Lie: This song is about problems in a relationship but how she doesn't want to give up on it. The title actually relates to how she would feel if she ended the relationship rather than how she feels in it. This is another soulful song with stronger choruses and another one that I really like.
10. We're Young and Beautiful: This song sounds very Christina Aguilera like to me. It's one of the most upbeat songs on the album. 'While we're young and beautiful, we'll party down on main street, wearing next to nothing, feeling every heartbeat'. I really like this one and find myself dancing along to it.
11. That's Where it is: Not my favourite song on the album but still good for a sing along. The lyrics relate to her finding someone and when she's in his arms 'that's where it is'. Again the song follows the pattern of soulful verses and a more powerful chorus.
12. Whenever You Remember: This is a slower song with Underwood again showing the range of her voice. The lyrics are about looking back over a relationship, 'when you look back on times we had, I hope you smile, and know that through the good and through the bad I was on your side'. This song is really beautiful and one of the best I think.
13. I Ain't in Checotah Anymore: This is one of my favourite songs on the album. It's very upbeat and is the only song on the album that Underwood helped to write. This is a very country sounding song. Underwood is from the town of Checotah in Oklahoma. The song describes the town and the differences she comes across now she's famous and living in New York, 'My hotel in Manhattan, holds more people than our town, and what I just paid for dinner, would be a down payment on a house'. This song is really fun and the lyrics are quite funny. I especially like the mention of my Mecca when I'm in the States - WalMart! Definitely a sing along song that gets everyone moving.
14. Inside Your Heaven: This is the song that Underwood released as the winning American Idol single. The song is quite slow paced. It's a good song but not my favourite on the album, I think because it's a little different from the other songs as it was written for the show rather than for the album.
This is definitely my album of the moment. I absolutely love it! I have it on in the car and quite happily sing along! Underwood has an amazing voice and her songs are great. Even the ones that I've said aren't my favourite I would still rate highly. It certainly isn't an album that will be to everyone's taste but if you like country style popular music then you should check this out.