Carrie Underwood is our girl and after waiting a full 3 years for new music, we finally have it. Storyteller is one of the sassiest and best albums to come out in awhile and all applause goes to Country’s queen, Carrie Underwood. If you thought after marriage and having a baby, Underwood would slow things down, you thought wrong. She’s done anything but.
Storyteller, Underwood’s first album as a mother, is a hard-seller for narrative storytelling like never before. It’s no wonder why the album is titled what it is. The album channels a new and bolder sound as well, splitting production between Mark Bright and two outsiders, Jay Joyce and Zach Crowell, both who know how to steer a song to number 1. There’s a casual R&B influence mixed with country girl next door and imperious diva. She’s mixed vengeful moments with soft moments effortlessly, not allowing the listener to get bored.
She’s a sly diva and threatening in songs, ‘Runaway Renegade’ and ‘Dirty Laundry.’ She then glides into beautiful harmonious moments in ‘Heartbeat,’ featuring background vocals from Sam Hunt. The vocal patterns in ‘Chaser’ make the song the anthem it should be, and shows off her powerhouse vocals in ‘Relapse,’ a song about falling into an old love affair.
Underwood demands the spotlight in every way throughout the album. Storyteller is filled with southern, gothic melodrama tracks that will remind you of Lambert and McEntire. ‘Choctaw County Fair,’ Underwood says, shaped the entire album. “ ‘Choctaw County Affair’ was an ‘aha’ moment for me,” she told The Tennessean. “It has this Southern, gospel, bluesy, cool twang to it that really didn’t sound like anything I had heard before. That was the door opener for the rest of the album.”
We can sense the influence of love and family throughout the rest of the album as it takes a turn for the sentimental with a song dedicated to her husband, Mike Fischer and her son, Isaiah, ‘What I Never Knew I Always Wanted.’ Underwood also dedicates a tear jerker to her dad entitled, ‘The Girl You Think I am.’
Overall, Underwood knows how to make an album top the charts, and Storyteller is no exception to that rule. We will be expecting the powerhouse album to sit at the top of the charts for awhile and we won’t speak out against it. Storyteller is an ambitious, bold and sassy musical effort that is a must to add to your collection.
Album Hightlights: “Dirty Laundry,’ ‘Smoke Break,’ ‘Church Bells,’ ‘The Grl You Think I Am’, ‘What I Never Knew I Always Wanted’
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