2009’s Most Popular Single Reviews

Staff | December 22nd, 2009

Of the 134 singles reviewed by The 9513 during 2009, 59 were granted a coveted “Thumbs Up” while 75 were marked with a “Thumbs Down.” Here’s a recap of the year’s 10 most popular discussions, as well as a list of the year’s least-commented single reviews. A full list of reviews by month (with links and rating) is available below the fold.

    Most Popular Discussions

  • Cowboy CasanovaCowboy Casanova” (600+ Comments) – Carrie Underwood

    “If this were 1992, and the release of this song came on the boot scootin’ heels of the “Achy Breaky Heart” line dance craze, it would be an understandable entry from a new country act trying to score some face-time on TNN’s Wildhorse Saloon Dance Show; thanks to its hard-pounding rhythm and infectious melody, “Cowboy Casanova” (written by Underwood, Brett James and Mike Elizondo), will lead suburban country bumpkins onto the dance floor in flocks.” — Jim Malec

  • Play OnTemporary Home” (200+ Comments) – Carrie Underwood

    “Underwood shows off refined chops on new single “Temporary Home”; her vocal is beautifully delicate, and the downtempo pace of the song grants a welcome reprieve for her typically bombastic production. But “Temporary Home” is such a heavy-handed piece of songwriting that, despite Underwood’s gripping performance, it offers little emotional payoff beyond rote inspirationalism.” — Jim Malec

  • UnstoppableWhy” (175+ Comments) – Rascal Flatts

    “Dodging the bullets that are LeVox’s unusual voice and his group’s favored pop-rock production, the song is ultimately done in by something even more fundamental: its length. Five minutes isn’t unprecedented for a radio single, but it’s long enough that an artist risks appearing self-indulgent if the extra time does not seem strictly necessary. The biggest problem with “Why” is that it says everything it needs to say in the first half, then continues anyway. Distilled down to three minutes, this would be the Flatts equivalent of a tour de force. As it is, it could be marketed as a sleep aid. There just isn’t five minutes worth of content to fill this five minutes worth of time.” — CM Wilcox

  • UnstoppableHere Comes Goodbye” (140+ Comments) – Rascal Flatts

    “Love or hate Rascal Flatts, one thing that must be said is that they generally gravitate towards songs that strive for some type of emotional heft. Those songs are almost always wrapped up in layers of melodrama and unnecessarily embellishment, but there is often an underlying emotional truth for us to latch on to. “Here Comes Goodbye” is too nondescript and generic to achieve any of that resonance, but the trio still performs it as if it’s weighty—which leaves the whole thing sounding rather awkward.” — Jim Malec

  • There Is A GodThere is a God” (115+ Comments) – Lee Ann Womack

    “While the overriding message of the song is that we can see God’s existence in everything around us, the writing errs when it ventures into a debate about the merits of logic and science (and the relation of those things to spirituality). The proclamation that “there is a God” does not need to also undermine and misrepresent what are almost universally accepted explanations for various scientific processes, and the fact that the song is willing to attack science makes the lyric come off as more political than it needs to.” — Jim Malec

  • FearlessFifteen” (110+ Comments) – Taylor Swift

    “This song is a report from the front lines, and Swift has more to say about what it means to be a young woman in America than a thousand exploitive teen soaps. “Fifteen” doesn’t aspire to Gossip Girl, but aims for the verite of Friday Night Lights. And she gets it so right that it’s hard to believe a performer so young is capable of such wisdom.” — Stephen M. Deusner

  • Easy Does ItEight Second Ride” (100+ Comments) – Jake Owen

    “Jake Owen’s upcoming single, “Eight Second Ride,” busts out of the gate like an angry bull with a rocket strapped to its ass. And then it flops around abrasively and awkwardly, somewhat like a milk cow trying to shake a drunken teenager off its back. Despite a pyrotechnic-worthy electric guitar opening, and Owen’s perfectly gruff “Come on!,” this song is comically unrealistic to the point that it is more farce than fantasy.” — Jim Malec

  • Taylor Swift (Single)Taylor Swift” (95+ Comments) – Tyler Dean

    “From Dean’s declaration that he never thought he’d fall for “just one girl” (which he groaningly rhymes with “rock my world”) to his stated desire to “take her for a ride,” to a second verse that dissolves into a pile of narrative nothingness, this is an awful song. And if responsible for setting the minimum standard of talent needed to secure a major label single release it would pave the way for every teenager posting lyrics to MySpace.” — Jim Malec

  • Love Lives OnLove Lives On” (90+ Comments) – Mallary Hope

    “‘Love Lives On’ tries to inspire in us hope that even in the darkest of moments, we can go on knowing that the love of our loved ones remains with us in our hearts and in the hearts of our children. But tempering sadness with hope leaves the effort feeling contrived and emotionally dishonest. A person who still pours two cups of coffee in the morning (as this narrator does) would not be telling us how everything will be OK.” — Jim Malec

  • A Guy Like Me - EPThat’s How It Still Oughta Be” (85+ Comments) – Trent Tomlinson

    “Aside from the fact that Tomlinson and co-writers fall back on the all too common lyrical gimmick that is the list, the guts of this song just miss the mark. Tomlinson repeatedly references “we” in the song, but who is this “we”? Does it refer to the rural South? The United States? The entire world? And would the singer like to return to last month, last year or the last decade? Without referencing a specific geographic location or timeframe, the song’s lack of detail renders it less credible and less interesting than it could be.” — Karlie Justus

  • Least-Commented Single Reviews

  • Man Enough to CryLosing You” (3 Comments) – Richie Fields

    “On his new single, “Losing You,” Richie Fields sounds like he could pass for Conway Twitty–if the late legend had ever taken a turn as an over-enunciating musical theater star with a flair for the dramatic. It’s a shame, too, because the tune is an interesting twist on the losin’ and leavin’ themes so prevalent in country music.” — Karlie Justus

  • Why Lie?Why Lie” (3 Comments) – Lee Greenwood

    “Greenwood has admitted country music chose him instead of the other way around, going so far as to describe the genre as the “avenue of least resistance” after an early stint in Las Vegas didn’t pan out. However, his hoarse voice and emotive story-telling ability lend the singer well to country music, as well as to this tune: What “Why Lie” lacks in substance, it makes up in style, as Greenwood sells his role as a frustrated lover on the receiving end of a break-up with an exasperated sincerity that belies the rhyme-happy chorus.” — Karlie Justus

  • I'm HomeEvery Word You’re Thinking” (4 Comments) – Carla Williams

    “Williams’ debut single “Every Word You’re Thinking” is a first attempt at starting down the long road to industry success. The lyrics are solid, telling the story of a woman watching her marriage fall apart while her husband finds comfort in the arms of another. “All the things that you don’t say/Read like headlines on the wall/No more whispering ‘I love you’/When we even talk at all/So if I sound a little drunk, I promise I’m not drinkin’/It’s just I know what lies ahead/I hear every word you’re thinking.” Shoot, if I’ve learned anything from listening to country music, it’s that a cheating spouse is total justification for getting “a little drunk.”” — Juli Thanki

  • Alex WoodardReno” (5 Comments) – Alex Woodard and Sara Watkins

    “What ultimately matters most about the song is that the dynamic created by the combination of these two voices–Watkins’ angelic tone with Woodard’s cut-above-generic-soft-rocker grit–is utterly enthralling. If the storyline doesn’t completely work, the interplay between the two voices is enough fun that you won’t mind repeat listens as you try to puzzle it out. The urgent, believable performances offered on “Reno” bode well for the future prospects of both artists, though Watkins–whose solo debut is expected in April–particularly shines.” — CM Wilcox

  • Born Into ItAs Long As You’re Goin’ My Way” (5 Comments) – Parks

    “Although the idea is intriguing, Carolwood Records’ latest signing, The Parks, kills the luster, as any sense of kinship is simply absent. The duo’s debut single “As Long As You’re Going My Way” brings nothing new or interesting to the table, and this father and son might as well be any Tom and Dick from commercial country’s very long and homogeneous waiting list.” — Pierce Greenberg

  • RevivalA Little Revival” (5 Comments) – Radney Foster and The Confession

    “Foster’s performance is wide open and jubilant, a sonic embodiment of the song’s message. Although the lyrics may read deceptively simple – the heart of the song is its chorus, which goes “Hallelujah, a little revival, amen to love/Deep in my soul, a little revival, amen to love” – Foster’s imminently strong ear for melody and absolute commitment to the central emotion can’t help but bring them to life. The end result is a convincing country rocker with some of the heft of a modern hymn.” — CM Wilcox

  • Randy Rogers BandBuy Myself A Chance” (6 Comments) – Randy Rogers Band

    ““Buy Myself a Chance” is considerably more country than many of the songs currently being played on country radio. For a mainstream release (RRB has been on Mercury Nashville since 2005), it sports a rather surprisingly stripped-down sound featuring just enough instrumentation to keep a nice groove going behind the lovably raspy voice of frontman Randy Rogers without distracting from the lyric. And there’s fiddle–not just once or twice, but throughout the track–that feels like an integral part of the mix.” — CM Wilcox

  • The RoadThe Road” (6 Comments) – Aaron Watson

    “An infectious chorus and an arrangement that purrs like a fine-tuned engine make “The Road” a great candidate for a driver’s seat singalong, should you for some reason feel like replacing Watson’s Texas twang with your own voice. Religious without being preachy, possessing enough fiddle and pedal steel to please the purists and catchy enough to capture the attention of non-traditionalists, “The Road” can appeal to a wide swath of listeners. Longtime fans of Watson will almost certainly appreciate it, and newcomers might just see what all the fuss is about.” — Juli Thanki

  • Use SomebodyUse Somebody” (6 Comments) – Margaret Durante

    “While Durante’s performance doesn’t show any symptoms of laziness, the same can’t be said for her success in making the song her own or providing potential fans with any signs of her point of view as an artist.” — Karlie Justus

  • 127 Rose AvenueAll The Roads” (8 Comments) – Hank Williams Jr. and the Grascals

    “Though banjo and fiddle kick off the song and feature prominently during the next three minutes, “All the Roads” isn’t bluegrassy enough to frighten away the unbelievers–there are no Monrovian high lonesomes, and there are thumping country-rock drums to pound out the beat–but it might lead a few converts over to the Grascals and their irresistible sound. The sextet’s picking is in fine form, with new addition and current IBMA banjo player of the year Kristin Scott Benson delivering some tasty licks on the five string. Singing about waiting for his gal to return to him, Bocephus sounds better than he has in some time: engaged, playful, even downright youthful. Best of all, he’s not rehashing “All My Rowdy Friends” for the millionth time.” — Juli Thanki

  • January

    Carrie Underwood – “I Told You So” (Thumbs Down)
    Chris Young – “Gettin’ You Home” (Thumbs Up)
    Darryl Worley – “Sounds Like Life To Me” (Thumbs Down)
    Jamey Johnson – “High Cost of Living” (Thumbs Up)
    Mark Chesnutt – “Things To Do In Wichita” (Thumbs Down)
    Shane O’Dazier – “I Hate This Town” (Thumbs Up)
    Sugarland – “Love” (Thumbs Up)
    The Steeldrivers – “Blue Side Of The Mountain” (Thumbs Up)
    Tim McGraw – “Nothin’ To Die For” (Thumbs Down)
    Trace Adkins – “Marry For Money” (Thumbs Down)
    Trent Tomlinson – “That’s How Things Still Oughta Be” (Thumbs Down)

    February

    Alan Jackson – “Sissy’s Song” (Thumbs Up)
    Alex Woodard and Sara Watkins – “Reno” (Thumbs Up)
    BOMSHEL – “Fight Like a Girl” (Thumbs Down)
    Caitlin & Will – “Even Now” (Thumbs Up)
    Dierks Bentley – “Sideways” (Thumbs Down)
    Jessica Simpson – “Pray Out Loud” (Thumbs Down)
    Joey + Rory – “Freebird” (Thumbs Down)
    John Rich – “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” (Thumbs Down)
    Justin Moore – “Small Town U.S.A.” (Thumbs Down)
    Lady Antebellum – “I Run To You” (Thumbs Down)
    Randy Rogers Band – “Buy Myself a Chance” (Thumbs Up)
    Rascal Flatts – “Here Comes Goodbye” (Thumbs Down)
    Whitney Duncan – “The Bed That You Made” (Thumbs Up)

    March

    Adam Gregory – “What It Takes” (Thumbs Down)
    Billy Currington – “People Are Crazy” (Thumbs Down)
    Brad Paisley – “Then” (Thumbs Down)
    Daryle Singletary – “Love You With The Lights On” (Thumbs Down)
    Emily West – “That Kind of Happy” (Thumbs Up)
    Jessica Harp – “Boy Like Me” (Thumbs Up)
    Jo Dee Messina – “Shine” (Thumbs Down)
    Mark Chesnutt – “She Never Got Me Over You” (Thumbs Up)
    Roger Creager – “A Good Day For Sunsets” (Thumbs Down)
    Wynonna – “I Hear You Knocking” (Thumbs Up)

    April

    Carla Williams – “Every Word You’re Thinking” (Thumbs Down)
    Hank Williams Jr. – “Red, White and Pinkslip Blues” (Thumbs Down)
    Kenny Chesney – “Out Last Night” (Thumbs Down)
    Megan Mullins – “Long Past Gone” (Thumbs Down)
    Miranda Lambert – “Dead Flowers” (Thumbs Up)

    May

    Brooks & Dunn – “Indian Summer” (Thumbs Down)
    Craig Morgan – “Bonfire” (Thumbs Down)
    Darius Rucker – “Alright” (Thumbs Down)
    Jake Owen – “Eight Second Ride” (Thumbs Down)
    Jason Aldean – “Big Green Tractor” (Thumbs Up)
    Jesse Lee – “It’s a Girl Thing” (Thumbs Down)
    Love and Theft – “Runaway” (Thumbs Down)
    Luke Bryan – “Do I” (Thumbs Down)
    Oak Ridge Boys – “Seven Nation Army” (Thumbs Down)
    Phil Vassar – “Bobbi With an I” (Thumbs Down)
    Shea Fisher – “Don’t Chase Me” (Thumbs Down)
    Taylor Hicks – “Seven Mile Breakdown” (Thumbs Down)
    The Parks – “As Long As You’re Going My Way” (Thumbs Down)
    Trent Tomlinson – “Henry Cartwright’s Produce Stand” (Thumbs Up)
    Trace Adkins – “All I Ask For Anymore” (Thumbs Up)

    June

    Charlie Robison – “Reconsider” (Thumbs Up)
    Eli Young Band – “Radio Waves” (Thumbs Up)
    Gretchen Wilson – “If I Could Do It All Again” (Thumbs Down)
    Jamie O’Neal – “Soldier Coming Home” (Thumbs Up)
    Jason Jones – “Unlikely Angel” (Thumbs Down)
    Sarah Buxton – “Outside My Window” (Thumbs Down)

    July

    Anthony Smith – “Bringin’ Back The Sunshine” (Thumbs Down)
    Ashley Monroe – “Has Anybody Ever Told You” (Thumbs Up)
    Alan Jackson – “I Still Like Bologna” (Thumbs Down)
    Big Kenny – “Long After I’m Gone” (Thumbs Up)
    Blaine Larsen – “It Did” (Thumbs Down)
    Dierks Bentley – “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” (Thumbs Down)
    Easton Corbin – “I’m A Little More Country Than That” (Thumbs Up)
    Fast Ryde – “That Thang” (Thumbs Down)
    Gary Allan – “Today” (Thumbs Up)
    Jamey Johnson – “My Way To You” (Thumbs Up)
    Joey + Rory – “To Say Goodbye” (Thumbs Down)
    John Rich – “The Good Lord and the Man” (Thumbs Down)
    Mallary Hope – “Love Lives On” (Thumbs Down)
    Michille Branch – “Sooner or Later” (Thumbs Down)
    Reba McEntire – “Consider Me Gone” (Thumbs Down)
    Sara Evans – “Feels Just Like a Love Song” (Thumbs Down)
    Sugarland – “Joey” (Thumbs Down)
    The Lost Trailers – “Country Folks (Livin’ Loud)” (Thumbs Down)
    Tyler Dean – “Taylor Swift” (Thumbs Down)
    Tim McGraw “It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You” (Thumbs Up)

    August

    Deryl Dodd – “Together Again” (Thumbs Up)
    Josh Thompson – “Beer on the Table” (Thumbs Up)
    Josh Turner – “Why Don’t We Just Dance” (Thumbs Up)
    Jypsi – “Mr. Officer” (Thumbs Up)
    Kellie Pickler – “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” (Thumbs Up)
    Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews – “I’m Alive” (Thumbs Down)
    Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now” (Thumbs Up)
    Lee Brice – “Love Like Crazy” (Thumbs Up)
    Mica Roberts – “Days You Love For” (Thumbs Down)
    Miranda Lambert – “White Liar” (Thumbs Up)
    Phil Vassar – “Everywhere I Go” (Thumbs Down)
    Radney Foster – “Revival” (Thumbs Up)
    Richie Fields – “Losing You” (Thumbs Down)
    Zac Brown Band – “Toes” (Thumbs Up)

    September

    Anna Garrott – “What A Way To Go” (Thumbs Up)
    Blackberry Smoke – “Good One Coming On” (Thumbs Up)
    Carrie Underwood – “Cowboy Casanova” (Thumbs Down)
    Darius Rucker – “History in the Making” (Thumbs Down)
    Fast Ryde – “Make it Rain” (Thumbs Down)
    Heartland – “Mustache” (Thumbs Up)
    Houston County – “I Can’t Make It Rain” (Thumbs Up)
    Jason Aldean – “The Truth” (Thumbs Up)
    Jimmy Wayne – “Sara Smile” (Thumbs Down)
    John Fogerty & Bruce Springsteen – “When Will I Be Loved” (Thumbs Up)
    Kevin Fowler – “Beer Season” (Thumbs Up)
    Lee Greenwood – “Why Lie” (Thumbs Up)
    Randy Houser – “My Kind of Country” (Thumbs Down)
    Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen – “Sea of Heartbreak” (Thumbs Up)
    Taylor Swift – “Fifteen” (Thumbs Up)
    Tim McGraw – “Southern Voice” (Thumbs Down)
    Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel – “Hesitation Blues” (Thumbs Up)

    October

    Aaron Watson – “The Road” (Thumbs Up)
    Bucky Covington – “Gotta Be Somebody” (Thumbs Down)
    Buddy Jewell – “Somebody Who Would Die For You” (Thumbs Up)
    Eric Church – “Hell on the Heart” (Thumbs Up)
    Gretchen Wilson – “Work Hard, Play Harder” (Thumbs Down)
    Jack Ingram and Patty Griffin – “Seeing Stars” (Thumbs Up)
    Justin Moore – “Backwoods” (Thumbs Down)
    Rascal Flatts – “Why” (Thumbs Down)
    Rodney Atkins – “Chasin’ Girls” (Thumbs Down)
    Toby Keith – “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” (Thumbs Down)

    November

    Chris Young – “The Man I Want To Be” (Thumbs Up)
    Gwen Sebastian – “Hard Rain” (Thumbs Up)
    Hank Williams Jr. and the Grascals – “All The Roads” (Thumbs Up)
    James House – “I Love You Man” (Thumbs Up)
    Jerrod Niemann – “One More Drinking Song” (Thumbs Down)
    Joe Nichols – “Gimmie That Girl” (Thumbs Down)
    Lee Ann Womack – “There Is A God” (Thumbs Down)
    Margaret Durante – “Use Somebody” (Thumbs Down)
    Trent Tomlinson – “Angels Like Her” (Thumbs Up)

    December

    Adam Fisher – “Cotton Town” (Thumbs Down)
    Carrie Underwood – “Temporary Home” (Thumbs Down)
    Luke Bryan – “Rain Is A Good Thing” (Thumbs Up)
    The Band Perry – “Hip To My Heart” (Thumbs Down)

  1. Nicolas
    December 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    “Love Lives On” got a thumbs down, but you put next to it in the list that it got a thumbs up =)

  2. Jim Malec
    December 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for the correction!

  3. Rick
    December 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I think you are mistaking “controversial” for “popular” at least as far as Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts are concerned. The results are also terribly slanted by those crazed fanboyz and fangurls who post numerous inane defensive posts on a single thread when anyone says anything negative about their idols. The more pointless the discussion, the more it seems to feed on itself. Where discussion quality is lacking, sheer volume seems to take its place.

    My biggest disagreement is with the thumbs down call on Sarah Buxton’s “Outside My Window”, which is a fun bit of pop country fluff with a heart of gold. The fact that song has been struggling on radio for months to rise above the mid 20’s has been a real disappointment for both Sarah and Lyric Street. Oh well.

  4. sam (sam)
    December 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I’m not sure there is any mistake of “controversial” for “popular” at least as far as the Underwood and Flatts reviews are concerned.

    My understandign is that Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts are among the more popular acts in country music today (based on album sales, touring, and radio airplay). Although the number of comments responding to a review could reflect many factors, I think it pretty safe to assume that the popularity of these acts is one of the major factors.

  5. Erin
    December 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, Tim McGraws song is called It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You, not the other way around….

  6. Pierce
    December 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Just a random question:

    Do the number of comments typically correspond to a comparatively high number of hits?

    Just curious.

  7. Jim Malec
    December 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    @Pierce: Not necessarily. Rick is right that more “controversial” write-ups usually spur more discussion. Karlie’s “Sissy’s Song” and “Big Green Tractor” were two of our most well-read reviews this year, but generated an average number of comments. (I’ll have an internal year-end traffic report prepped for you all soon.)

    I tend to be strong with my opinions, and I think that results in more reactionary comments than reviews that walk a line more down the middle.

  8. Sheep
    December 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    The only mainstream country reviews (based on whether they’re thumbs up or down) that I disagree with are –

    Reba McEntire – “Consider Me Gone”
    Gary Allan – “Today”
    Tim McGraw – “Southern Voice”
    Toby Keith – “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)”
    Jarrod Niemann – “One More Drinkin’ Song”

    The production just really bores me to death on Allan’s song. I think that “Consider Me Gone,” “Southern Voice,” and “One More Drinkin’ Song” are all catchy enough that you can overlook some of their lyrics. I understand why “Cryin’ For Me” got a thumbs down, but I still think it’s a pretty heartfelt song that is a great performance.

  9. sam (sam)
    December 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    I retract my comment above. I originally had read Rick’s post to mean popular, as in popularity of the artist. Now, I think he is discussing the popularity of the review, rather than the artist. And certainly a review that is not liked might well generate lots of comments.

  10. Paul W Dennis
    December 23, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Rick is correct – the idiot fans of Carrie Underwood will assail you as a Carrie hater if you give any song a rating of less than “Amazing” even though most of them have no clue as to what the word amazing actually means.

    As an aside , I’ve only heard one truly amazing voice in my years on this planet, and that belonged to Yma Sumac, who reputedly had a range of five octaves (and if she didn’t it was very close), but people with little life experience may think they’ve been amazed.

    To a lesser extent this is true of fans of Rascal Flatts. Some of the least commented upon reviews were the most deserving of discussion.The ratio of 40% thumbs up to 60% thumbs down sounds about right, or even generous as I am a firm believer in “Sturgeon’s Law”

  11. Dan E.
    December 23, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Paul W Dennis: It still fascinates me how you can still be obsessing with the word ‘amazing.’ You yourself stated that “only shallow and clueless morons use the term “amazing” when discussing fashion, music or literature.” Well, you just used the term ‘amazing’ on Yma Sumac. So, by your definition what does that make you?

    Since you are implying that all fans of Carrie Underwood will deem you a hater if you find her “less than ‘amazing'”, it would seem to suggest that this has happened to you recently. Well, on December 18th, 11:30 a.m. you stated, “before anyone calls me a “Carrie hater”…” This would imply that no one has called you a hater previous to that post. If memory serves me correctly, I don’t believe anyone downright called you a hater afterwards either. So, it would make more sense if someone who was actually called a hater (and I know there are a few) would have made this statement. It just seems rather odd to me seeing it come from you. But, that’s just me.

  12. AMAZING!!!
    December 23, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Oh god, now we have someone on here who’s an authority on the definition of an amazing singer… geez, I thought I’ve seen it all on this blog, apparently..

    Dan E, I don’t even see too many Carrie fans on here anymore, so I don’t get what most of them are saying. It’s mostly haters to be honest.. I think there’s a ton of jealousy around this artist and negativity at this blog in particular..

  13. Paul W Dennis
    December 23, 2009 at 8:02 am

    To: AMAZING!!! and DAN E

    My problem with the use of words such as “amazing” , “awesome” , etc is that you and your fellow Valley Girls (teeny boppers, twits, whatever) have so thoroughly debased the English language that it is impossible to pay someone a compliment about anything without the need to use an over-the-top expression. If you describe anything as “good” or “fine” people seem to think that you don’t like whatever it is that is being described

    When every half attractive female singer in a short skirt is described as “amazing” then either “amazing” is a completely meaningless term, or the user of the term is really gullible (or blinded by lust). I’m not sure which is true, but I suspect both are true

    Getting back to Carrie as Jim and others correctly have noted, she has an excellent voice, often wasted on mediocre material

  14. Jon
    December 23, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Yma Sumac is the only singer you’ve heard in the past half-century who qualifies as amazing? That’s amazing.

  15. waynoe
    December 23, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Proof enough by comparing the “thumbs down” to “thumbs up”, especially when it comes to mainstream artists, that my past assertions of these so-called critics are more down than up. The proof is in teh numbers.

  16. Dan E.
    December 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Paul W Dennis: You really believe that ‘amazing’ is an over-the-top expression? I’m sorry, but this really is one fight of yours that seems to be quite ridiculous.

  17. Steve M.
    December 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    If you apply amazing to a peroxide blond karaoke singer, the yes, you have debased the English language.

  18. TexasVet
    December 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    If you apply amazing to a peroxide blond karaoke singer.

    I think Miranda Lambert is pretty amazing.

  19. waynoe
    December 23, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I apologize for the spelling error in my last post. This is beneath me.

  20. andie
    December 24, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    carrie fans dont expect an amazing…Kevin fron Country Universe gives carrie fair reviews somr are good some are not so good but we respect that…so dont make it sound like we are mad crazy fans who believe carrie can do no wrong

  21. sam (sam)
    December 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t think the use of the word “amazing” debases the English language any more than the word “awesome” did 10 years ago. I think people will adapt and still manage to get their point across.

    In fact, in this context, talk of “debasing the English language” ironically suffers from the same flaw that the use of “amazing” to describe every above-average thing out there. Both usages are exagerations.

  22. Evie
    December 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    After reading this thumbs down, thumbs up list, I think getting a thumbs down is a sure fire way to get a hit record.

  23. klark
    December 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    uhm.. It’s Michelle Branch, not Michille, I guess it was a typo
    anyway, Country pop singers get the loudest buzz
    :)

  24. Jon
    December 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    granted a coveted “Thumbs Up”

    You guys are really delusional.

  25. Emgee
    February 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    January
    5 Thumbs Up
    6 Thumbs Down
    February
    5 Up
    8 Down
    March
    4 Up
    6 Down
    April
    1 Up
    4 Down
    May
    3 Up
    12 Down
    June
    3 Up
    3 Down
    July
    7 Up
    13 Down
    August
    10 Up
    4 Down
    September
    11 Up
    6 Down
    October
    4 Up
    6 Down
    November
    5 Up
    4 Down
    December
    1 Up
    3 Down

    Totals
    134 Total Reviews
    59 Up
    75 Down

    The9513 has no right to call itself a fan of country music. They basically like nothing that comes out.

  26. Kelly
    February 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Emgee – obviously you are a bigger fan of country music than you are of math.

  27. sam (sam)
    February 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Emgee says “They basically like nothing that comes out.” They like about 44% of the stuff they review. That’s far from nothing, its almost half.

  28. Emgee
    February 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Actually Kelly, my math was completely on target.

    As for you Sam Sam, have you never heard of “figurative” language? Never used exaggeration? No? Not ringing a bell?

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