Album Review — Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Carrie Underwood continues to channel her inner small-town girl in her latest album Storyteller, sure to both meet fan expectations while bringing listeners in on her intense personal journey.

Carrie’s fifth studio album brings a mix of both hard-hitting and mellow, introspective tunes which further cements that though she’s a small town girl, she ain’t no docile little flower.

The album is certainly a showcase of Carrie’s strong vocal performance and no B.S. attitude. It takes the listener through extreme mood shifts and the tone goes through ups and downs while remaining very easy to listen to.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Record Label, Release Date, and Producer: Storyteller is Underwood’s fifth album and was released October 23, 2015. The album was released by the Artista Nashville record label.

She remained with her longtime producer Mark Bright, who has been with her since American Idol. He produced five of the album’s songs, while other producers Jan Joyce gets credit for six songs and Zach Crowell produced two.

Hometown: Checotah, Oklahoma

About the Artist: Carrie Underwood rose to fame after her breakout performance in American Idol in 2004, winning the contest for that year. She married NHL player Mike fisher in 2011 and gave birth to her first child, Isaiah, earlier in 2015.

Past Accolades: Underwood has been recognized several times for her stellar singing performances, winning a total of seven Grammy Awards since 2007 when she won her first as Best New Artist. She has also won 14 different CMT awards and was recognized by the Guniess Book of World Records for having the most number one songs released by a female country artist in 2010.

Billboard Rankings: Two songs from her latest album, “Renegade Runaway,”and “Heartbeat,” reached the Trending Top 140 Billboard chart. Storyteller currently stands as number two in the top 200 albums listed on Billboard Charts.

Recommended if you Like…: If you like Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, and even Taylor Swift, you should at least give Mrs. Underwood a listen if you haven’t already.

Best Tracks: “Heartbeat,” “smoke break,” and “Renegade Runaway,” all shined and took her already formed persona and added a little bit of something new.

Worst Tracks: Though I am hesitant to say “worst” because that makes the tracks sound as if they are downright bad, there are certainly some songs that do not quite hit the mark. “Chaser,” seems like it’s been said and done before.. “Mexico,” a song where she talks about running from cops who will give her “25 to life” if they catch her doesn’t seem authentic given the tone of some of her other songs on this album.

Notable Lyrics: In “Heartbeat,” Carrie describes her passion saying “I wanna feel it like a kick drum, beating faster in your chest.” This line is simple, powerful, and alludes to the instrumentals in the song. In “Like I’ll Never Love You Again,” she sings “I’m gonna slow it all down, and take you from zero to ten,” a strong metaphor showing the abruptness of love and how it can hit so fast.

Album Facts: Carrie teams up with a number of different vocal and instrumental accompanying artists.  Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Jason White, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, Ben Caver, Sara Haze, Blair Daly, David Hodges, Kathleen Higgins, Jamie Moore, Derrick Adam Southerland all get nods for their performances.

Upcoming Performances: Carrie will begin her album tour in January of next year, touring in over 35 different cities across the United States and Canada.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]