Perhaps the one question that arises whenever our favorite divas take time off to become a “mama dukes” is, “will they come back with a full on mommy album?” Ms. Clarkson certainly gave us some mommy grooves on her recent Piece by Piece set, and next month will tell if new mom Adele is going to be coo-ing us with a lullaby or two on her just announced 25 record. But the real reason why we ask this question is that it’s what we have come to expect from some of our beloved divas. These ladies are wholesome, sweet, and full of music love, so why shouldn’t it carry over to a record?
However, if you’re looking for the latest mommy jams on Carrie Underwood’s post-baby Storyteller set, you should just keep waiting for Adele to rock you to sleep. In fact, Ms, Underwood strikes back with more of an unhinged rock sound this time, putting together a whirling set of personal songs that each tell their own kind of country music story…and it works like a Carrie charm.
There’s a reason why the album’s lead single “Smoke Break” has been puffing on country chart records since its release earlier this fall, it’s because Ms. Underwood still knows that it’s her light, yet powerful voice that’s kept our attention all these years since her 2005 American Idol win. There’s no denying that girlfriend loves to sing her little heart out, but on the new record, the diva manages to shatter windows in a more classy way, rather than to create wails that only certain kinds of canines can hear. Although Storyteller is a bit more amped up than her earlier sets, her voice settles onto each track very nicely, regardless of whether or not there’s any baby country beats involved.
Get lost in the track-by-track truth of Carrie Underwood’s fifth studio album, Storyteller, below.
This romping opener opens up the vivid Storyteller book.
Think “Before He Cheats” for 2015.
You”ll go straight to the music chapel on this plugged in Carrie-down.
We’ve all delightfully inhaled the album’s lead lasso.
“Choctaw County Affair”
This country ode to Bonnie & Clyde plays out an album standout.
“Like I’ll Never Love You Again”
Your country karaoke song of the fall has arrived.
The best answer to “Blown Away” that we could have ever hoped for.
If Ms. Carrie wants to hit mainstream radio with this album, this is the track that will do it.
“Clock Don’t Stop”
A ticking, mid-tempo down home ditty.
“The Girl You Think I Am”
Any brides out there looking for the perfect song to dance with their father to at their upcoming wedding? Listen up.
A little Ms. Carrie across the border? Yes, please. Ay, mija!
“What I Never Knew I Always Wanted”
Here comes the lullaby….sigh.