Carrie Underwood – “I Told You So”

Brady Vercher | January 30th, 2009

Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis Leading up to the release of Carnival Ride, Carrie Underwood’s sophomore album was lauded as having a “more country” sound than her debut. Her cover of Randy Travis’ “I Told You” surely played a part in those proclamations, and when the steel guitar weaves throughout the song it might superficially sound that way. Here, however, the arrangement does little to complement the vocal, and if it’s possible, the steel sounds a little melodramatic (or at least superfluous) for this particular lyric and performance.

Aside from the country credibility argument, which can’t be ascertained one way or the other and doesn’t affect the recording’s quality, why would Underwood record this song? The most likely explanation is to pay tribute to Travis, and though it’s not amongst his best cuts, it does fit Underwood’s style. Unfortunately, with the vocal flourishes exhibited on Carnival Ride, that’s not necessarily a good thing. Underwood had the opportunity to reinterpret “I Told You So” and create something that stood apart from the original, but instead took a cut that’s already a bit over the top and went the wrong way.

Her direction on the first verse is a little much, but impressive nonetheless, and had she continued along that path, delivering the chorus with as much toned-down pathos, she would have done a good bit toward establishing some interpretive credibility. However, this is a song that could use more heartache, and when she delivers the chorus she’s just a woman singing a song. Although technically proficient, it’s not very moving.

Underwood has shown flashes of greatness at times with her live performances of “San Antonio Rose,” “Stand By Your Man,” and a tribute to Eddy Arnold at the ACMs last year with a version of “Make the World Go Away,” though none of those performances were risky ventures that strayed too far from the originals. So her first cover as an album cut (and subsequent single release) comes as a disappointment since it doesn’t capture the understated quality of her live performances or show any inclination toward making an artistic statement.

It’s probably safe to say that “I Told You So” wasn’t marked as a single release when Carnival Ride came out, which only augments the disappointment in Underwood’s missed opportunity to sequester concerns about her interpretive ability.

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  1. Rick
    January 30, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Carrie’s label doesn’t seem to have too high of expectations for this song as a single as they’ve already hedged their bet. A quick glace at the R&R country singles chart shows a newer radio single that’s been out two weeks titled “The More Boys I Meet” sitting in wait at the # 51 position. That title sounds like a direct target on the Taylor Swift listening audience.

    Critical reviews of Carrie’s singles are superfluous as the fanbot Carrie faithful see their “Idol” as doing no wrong. Her fans will pour requests into radio stations and the music video channels just because its Carrie and the quality of the particular single is irrelevant. Will the new season of A.I. yield another Carrie? Gawd I hope not…

  2. Billy
    January 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I thought that her cover of I Told You So was pretty good. It’s not Randy Travis, but she does pretty well. I thought that while Carrie oversings a bit in this song, she still makes it sound decent.

  3. Jim Malec
    January 30, 2009 at 11:56 am

    It appalls me that 99% of the current country radio audience will assume this is a Carrie Underwood original.

  4. Razor X
    January 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Join the club, Jim.

  5. David Nisbet, Scotland
    January 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Carrie fans know more about Country than people think. Some of us even know the (original) Carter Family!

  6. Evie
    January 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I was just waiting for your review because I knew what it was going to say before you even put fingers to keyboard. There is very little that Ms. Underwood could do to please you guys. You throw her a few crumbs now and then just so you don’t look too biased, but overall, you’re pretty predictable. I really don’t expect everyone to go ga ga over her, but really, her talent is obvious. Good gracious, if Taylor Swift could get all those thumbs up from you, surely someone who has a good voice could also.

  7. Jim Malec
    January 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I thought this was a very balanced review, actually.

  8. Evie
    January 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I remember what Randy Travis said to Carrie right after she sang this song on the Opry. He told her that her vocals were far more suited to the song than his, and that he was honored that she chose to sing his song. I guess if the creator of the song liked her version, than it’s o.k. by me.

  9. Jim Malec
    January 30, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Well, if the creator said it’s ok, golly gee I suppose we shouldn’t even bother reviewing it! That settles it!

    Of course, I highly doubt Randy Travis would come out and deride Carrie Underwood for cutting one of his songs and putting it on a multi-platinum album (and releasing it as a single).

  10. Razor X
    January 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Evie, if I were going to collect the royalties that Randy is going to get from Carrie’s renditon of his song, I might like her version too. What did you expect him to say?

  11. Jessie
    January 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    carriefans are really well educated about country music besides i really love this song because is a breath of fresh air in country radio, with all the bubble gump country now.
    im really looking forward to carries third album coz it seems is going in another direcction more country and artisticly acclaim

  12. Evie
    January 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    You guys seem to have a very low opinion of Randy Travis, insinuating that he says things he does not mean simply out of greed. When he said those kind words, the song wasn’t expected to be a single. To me, he seems like a genuine person who wouldn’t praise someone just to further his career. He could have been polite without praising her. George Michael said that he wanted to thank Carrie for re-energizing his song, “Praying for Time”, but he never praised her version of it.

    Plus, it does carry weight for me, when the author of a song praises someone else’s version of their song.

  13. Jim Malec
    January 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I’m sure he means that he likes it. I’d like it too if I wrote it. Involvement changes our opinion on things.

  14. Razor X
    January 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    He likes it for the same reason Dolly likes Whitney’s version of “I Will Always Love You”.

  15. Rainbow
    January 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Carrie made me cry with this song.

    Though, not in the way she aimed for.

  16. Nicolas
    January 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I love this, better than the original! Well done Carrie.

    I hope “The More Boys I Meet” isn’t going to be released as a backup single — that’s the worst song on the album! I vote for “Wheel of the World” as a single; best of the album :D

  17. Dan Milliken
    January 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Excellent review, nailed it. The only times besides the ones you mentioned where I’ve thought Underwood succeed interpretively were times when the song afforded her a chance to rock out – “Before He Cheats” was a very solid performance, and I loved “Flat on the Floor” before she started flat-out yelling toward the end. She’s got that badass growl; I’d love to hear her do some rockabilly or something.

  18. Gloria
    January 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    After listening to Taylor Swift and her whinny “live” voice(she needs vocal lessons)….I’m really loving Carrie Underwood! She won me over with her performance on the AMAs & the CMAs…both were great songs and she sang them beautifully!

  19. Drew
    January 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I definitely agree with the review, but the song is still strong enough to win me over.

  20. Jim Malec
    January 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Oh. My. God. Are we really going to start dissing Taylor Swift here? Again? Is there room for only one young female pop country songstress?

    OK, let’s open that can of worms.

    Taylor Swift may be a crappy singer, but at least I feel like she has something to say. She has a story she’s trying to tell. Underwood? Not so much. And, in Swift’s case, that counts for something.

    Underwood’s supposed greatness is predicated on her voice, but if she’s going to build a career on a foundation of singing, she deserves to be held to a very high standard when it comes to…well…singing.

    And frankly, it all feels underwhelming to me. When she sings, I feel like I’m listening to a really, really good karaoke singer. All the notes are there, but there’s this detachment, almost as if she doesn’t own her own material when she sings it. Underwood has a fantastic voice, but she is nowhere near a top-tier singer, because she doesn’t seem to understand that singing is about more than hitting notes.

  21. Jim Malec
    January 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    By the way, feel free to dis Taylor Swift–it’s perfectly acceptable here. On a thread that has anything even remotely to do with Taylor Swift. Which, by the way, this does not.

  22. nencia
    January 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    What’s Carrie supposed to do to get a thumbs up from you guys? Sing off key and write about boys and fairy tales?
    Although not my favorite song sung by Carrie, she puts in a tremendous performance on this song and really sells it.

  23. Gavin
    January 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    There is obvious restraint and angst in the chorus. Actually, the whole song is toned down and not as nearly bombastic as her potential allows her to be. Sounds like you have issues with the production and the steel guitar player more than anything else and yet you hammer away at Carrie. Randy Travis seemed quite impressed with her version of his song and stated it quite plainly in front of a capacity crowd the night he invited her to join the Opry. This was nearly a year ago and long before we knew it was going to be released to radio. If you’re going to dump on her interpretation you should at least note the opinion of the writer and original performer as to give us some perspective. It was Underwood’s choice to record this song to honor someone that inspired her as a child and not to appease traditionalists far and wide. She picked the song because it was her favorite Randy Travis song and not because it supposedly fit her style or to provoke conspiracy theorists to use their imagination.

  24. lookingforFTNs
    January 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    you know, if you feel this site is out to get Underwood and heap praise upon praise on Swift, you are always free NOT to read it. why read reviews here if that upsets you

  25. Jim Malec
    January 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    LOKINGFORFTNS is in no way associated with The 9513. We want you to read, even if you disagree. In fact, we’ll give you brownies to keep reading.

  26. Evie
    January 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    O.K., once again I realize that some people just aren’t going to like Ms. Underwood as an artist and that ‘s their perogative. However, I feel this dislike taints the reviews for her songs. Also, I just want to point out that she has been invited to sing at the Grammy’s three years in a row, so someone must like to hear her and watch her.

    By the way, seriously, what has Taylor written about except young love gone bad?

  27. lookingforFTNs
    January 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Jim, its one thing for fans to disagree. that i love to read; diverse opinions. however, the discussion gets completely derailed when people are accusing one another of being biased, and the quality of the discussion becomes suffers.

  28. Jake
    January 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Sounds like Jim really wanted to right this review ;) And no the TMBIM is only getting play on two stations not being pushed by the label it’s unsolicited play. ITYS is her strongest charting single so far off this whole album excluding SS which was the lead single.

    Not a favorite track of mine, they should gone with either You Won’t Find This or Flat on the Floor. But I do think it’ll be the biggest hit from the Carnival Ride era and always good to hear country songs on country radio not pop fluff.

  29. Chris N.
    January 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve been wondering for a long time why any discussion of Taylor or Carrie turns into a discussion of Taylor vs. Carrie. My leading theory at the moment is that the core fan base of each is high-school-age girls, who are famed for their ruthless hierarchies. There can only be one most popular girl in school, and you have to take sides on who it is.

  30. northtexas
    January 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “chart shows a newer radio single that’s been out two weeks titled “The More Boys I Meet” sitting in wait at the # 51 position.”

    That song has not been released as a single…just some stations playing it on their own and will probably disappear from R&R’s ratings next week. ITYS won’t even go out for adds until Feb 2 and despite a few negative reviews is already at #26. Carrie is pretty much “bullet proof” at this point in her career so I expect ITYS will continue her streak of #1’s to the chagrin of her naysayers that hang out here.

  31. Chris N.
    January 30, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    And it is odd for an artist to release two ballads in a row, but it’s winter. It’s ballad season. I’d bet on “Crazy Dreams” next, and then on to the next album.

  32. Jake
    January 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    *write not right

  33. Brady Vercher
    January 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Evie: “if Taylor Swift could get all those thumbs up from you, surely someone who has a good voice could also.

    Do you not realize that there are multiple reviewers for this site and that we don’t all share the same opinions?

    Gavin: “Sounds like you have issues with the production and the steel guitar player more than anything else and yet you hammer away at Carrie.

    I did mention the problems with the production, but what could possibly lead you to conclude that’s my main issue with the song when it wasn’t the focal point of the review?

    It was Underwood’s choice to record this song to honor someone that inspired her as a child and not to appease traditionalists far and wide.

    I love how any criticism of Carrie is always by a curmudgeonly old traditionalist, a hater or someone with an over-active imagination.

  34. Jake
    January 30, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I wonder what reviews she’d be getting if she’d record songs like those you’ve mentioned. Oh what am I saying she’d just be doing it to try and prove something right? After all she’s just a “karaoke singer”.

  35. Evie
    January 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    The reason Taylor was even brought up in the first place, was that I’ve seen her songs reviewed and as far as I can remember, they all seemed to get “thumbs up”, and Carrie’s songs only part of the time. It really baffled me. (and still does). But I have nothing against Taylor, I just think her songs are for the very young. Maybe if I were a teenager, I’d appreciate them more.

  36. Lori
    January 30, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    “All the notes are there, but there’s this detachment, almost as if she doesn’t own her own material when she sings it.”
    Zackly

  37. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I strongly disagree with this review. This song is incredible, and Carrie’s interpretive skills shine as always. Her vocals are incredible, and she does the song great justice. In fact, I prefer it to Randy’s original version, and that says alot as I am a big Randy Travis fan.

    I find it very disconcerting that you give the bubble gum pop that Taylor has submitted rave reviews, yet you trash Carrie at every turn you can. It clearly shows that you just hate Carrie, and you take joy in cutting her down at every turn.

    This is a wonderful vocal by Carrie once again, and the song is flying up the Billboard charts, already in the top 30 before its actual Adds date. The song will be a great success on radio, and we can all say happily, “I Told You so.”

  38. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Rick, your constant bashing of Carrie is getting beyond old. Why don’t you get a new hobby and bash someone who actually deserves it for once?

    Carrie is an incredible singer and this site is just full of hate for her, which is unfortunate.

    I would understand it if you just hated contemporary country/pop, but you seem to love Taylor, who remixes all her songs to pop, and does not have an ounce of country in her entire album. Nor can she sing her way out of a paper bag. So I don’t understand the logic or rationale behind the hate here, except to say you just hate Carrie, and always will.

    It doesn’t matter though, because Carrie will just keep on shining, and proving you wrong every single day of her long, legendary career.

  39. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    ChrisN- You would be surprised to learn that most of Carrie’s fans are adults well over 20 years old. Even Josh Turner made a comment that he couldn’t believe the diverse age group of her fans. There are college students, adults in their 30s and 40s, and tons of seniors that attend her shows. Sure there are some kids and teens, but the crowd is mixed. At a Taylor show, it is all screaming tweens about 12 years old…with no adults except the parents dragged there to babysit. If you went to a Carrie show, you would be surprised at the mix of fans.

    Many of us love traditional country too and have a great respect for the past legends. So it is unfair to generalize Carrie’s fans that way.

  40. Rick
    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Francesca, you are a perfect example of a Carrie fanbot who can’t be objective about Carrie’s talent or lack thereof. All of the “Cult of Carrie” faithful remind me of the zombies in a George Romero “Living Dead” flick. How people can be so fanatical about Plain Vanilla Carrie escapes my grasp!

    Once Carrie’s fanbots invade The 9513 to defend their “Idol” the discussions become as boring as Carrie and her music, well except for the requisite Taylor Swift bashing. Talk about misplaced passion. Crikey!

  41. Re: Rick
    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Carrie’s label doesn’t seem to have too high of expectations for this song as a single as they’ve already hedged their bet. A quick glace at the R&R country singles chart shows a newer radio single that’s been out two weeks titled “The More Boys I Meet” sitting in wait at the # 51 position. That title sounds like a direct target on the Taylor Swift listening audience.

    And right above that ITYS is sitting pretty at #26. Must piss you off to see two charting single huh?
    And one of them is doing it with no label support while the other is doing great even before an add date.

  42. Gavin
    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Brady:”I love how any criticism of Carrie is always by a curmudgeonly old traditionalist, a hater or someone with an over-active imagination.”

    I was just pointing out that the selection of the song wasn’t as complicated as some make it out to be. I didn’t mean to imply that you were a crusty old man with an over-active imagination. I never perceived you as a staunch traditionalist either.

  43. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Jim- I cannot believe you just called Carrie a karaoke singer. Wow. That was really harsh.

    In all fairness to your comment, I agree that when Carrie first started out, she was a great vocalist, but very shy and stiff on stage. She was scared out of her mind, and you could tell. In the beginning, she didn’t show the emotion that well, and it did seem that she was focusing more on the perfect vocal delivery, but forgetting to convey the emotion.

    But what you are missing, is how much Carrie has vastly improved since American Idol and her first year or so in Nashville. She now has amazing stage presence, and shows the emotion of the song much better then she used to. She has come a long way from her deer in the headlight beginnings. Her concert this year was amazing, and she got excellent reviews all over the country for her marked improvement in stage presnece, etc. Carrie IS a top tier singer and she DOES feel the songs she sings.

    I.e.-If you watched her CMA performance of Just a Dream this year, you would have felt every word of that song. She poured her heart and soul into that performance, and it made me and many others cry. You could feel her emotion, and she proved herself to be a talented interpretive singer. She gave the performance of her lifetime, and it moved everyone. You should read the comments on youtube about her performance.

    Finally, if we are being honest here, what does Taylor Swift really have to say that is so important, original, or enlightened? To me, she copies ideas from other better songwriters, who can at least stay on key. Nothing Taylor has written is new or novel. It has all been done before, and better. She is over-rated for the simple reason that she is young, so Nashville fell all over her, thinking she is the second coming of Christ. The hard cold truth about Taylor is that she writes very clique, simplistic lyrics, about teen love and fairy tales, borrowing ideas and phrases from other, better writers who can actually sing the material.

    The best new songwriter in Nashville is Miranda Lambert, not Taylor. She uses original themes and intelligent lyrics, whereas Taylor’s lyrics sound like a 12 year old daydreaming in study hall.

  44. Evie
    January 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Rick. I wanted to say something about being a Carrie fan. A lot of us have followed her career since AI and have enjoyed watching her grow as an artist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I think one of the things that endear a lot of Carrie’s fans is that she is not perfect- that she does have room to grow. But, as for me, I do believe she has one of the best voices in the business, and she is getting better at performing. We are rooting for her to succeed and we are protective of her because we think she is the genuine article. You can like someone and pull for them and not “worship” them.

  45. Jack
    January 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Carrie always seems to provide great debate. There are people who hate her and those that love her. There must be people who are in the middle, but they don’t bother to comment much. A characterization that seems to haunt Carrie is that of “bot”. In other words, she is perceived by her detractors as a skilled robotic singer without interpretive ability. Clashing with that perception is the fact that Carrie emotionally touches many people. The intensity that Carrie’s fans feel for her singing is real and powerful. This is fully evidenced by the fervor of her large fan base.

    It seems to me that a “robotic” singer would not be able to establish such an emotional connection with fans. Therefore, I have to conclude that people who find Carrie to be “robotic” are wrong, they just don’t like her song “interpretations”. To them she may sound bland, but the “bot” label just doesn’t fit.

  46. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Rick- Actually, I never said Carrie was perfect. She was very timid at first and lacked confidence on stage. The critics were right about that when she first started. But she has improved a great deal, and now does show alot of emotion when she sings. I am a big fan, I admit, but I am not blind to her weak points or a Fanbot as you called me. lol

    But you shouldn’t throw stones at me because you live in a glass house. You can’t be objective about Carrie either though. Your hate for her has clouded your judgment so that nothing she can do will ever be good enough in your eyes.

  47. Francesca = Tsharky
    January 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Might explain the crazy

  48. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Sorry dude, but the only crazy person here is smelling suspiciously like you.

  49. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I find it interesting that whenever someone disagrees with your opinions here, they suddenly call that person crazy or a “fanbots”….After all, if you defend Carrie from some of the usual suspect rabid haters, you must be “crazy.” Sounds logical to me. (not) I guess by that logic, everyone who bashes Carrie, is an “anti-Carrie-bot”. lol

  50. Stormy
    January 30, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I would argue that this song was included on the album specifically to be released as a single. It is supposed to silence all of us “haters” once and for all because if she has heard of Randy Travis she must be country.

  51. Vicki
    January 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    My take is that Carrie did a good rendition of a “ok” Randy Travis song. It’s not that great a song to begin with, but she sings it well.

  52. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Stormy, I guess you don’t know the background of Carrie’s love for Randy Travis. She said in interviews that he is the reason she went into country music, that Randy is her hero who she admires greatly. She said she cried when she first met him like a crazy fan. So Carrie’s love for Randy is genuine. You can trash her for other things if you want, but you are wrong to assume she wasn’t sincere when she picked a song by her favorite artist. By the way, Carrie was raised on a farm in a podunk town in Oklahoma. How is that not “country”? I just don’t understand.

  53. Francesca = Tsharky
    January 30, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Sorry Francesca but it’s true. You’re one of those really annoying stans who goes around and bashes everyone, taylor in particular but if anyone dares to say anything but great things about Carrie you go crazy and call them crazy haters. Look in the mirror sweety. Carrie gets lots of hate because of annoying fans like you.

  54. Rainbow
    January 30, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Francesca, if Randy is the reason Carrie got into country, I no longer like him.

  55. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Rainbow, that is pretty sad that you can hate someone that much as to no longer like Randy Travis simply because Carrie does. Don’t you see how bitter that makes you sound? wow.

  56. Matt B.
    January 30, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I really wish people would stop using acronyms for songs: I.E. “ITYS” for “I Told You So.” This isn’t a cellphone text message so you can write like a normal person. I fear what the English language will look like in 50 years. will it be gibberish based off of texting?

    As for the debate about the song, I think it’s interesting that people so vehemently defend Carrie. I mean, really, would there be as many comments if their review was 100% glowing like it seems Carrie’s superfans think they should be. I mean, I remember fans HATING this song when the album was released. I, too, get tired of the Carrie’s better than/worse than Taylor debate. It must be what Chris says and the old “there can be only one” star debate.

  57. Baron Lane
    January 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    There’s already been more thought given to this (fair) review than devoted to all the Underwood and Swift releases combined.

  58. Dan Milliken
    January 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “Carrie gets lots of hate because of annoying fans like you.”

    Carrie gets a lot of “hate” at sites like this (if by “hate” you mean people saying, “eh, it’s just not quite there”) because most of her music doesn’t live up to her great potential as a singer. Period. Chris was on the money – people need to stop treating music like some catty high school hierarchy.

  59. Razor X
    January 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Wow. I actually managed to read through all these posts without putting a bullet in my head.

    I can’t think of any other artist with such rabid fans that demand that everyone kneel and worship at the altar of their idol. I find this whole Carrie cult very puzzling and creepy.

  60. re:Dan Milliken
    January 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Read before you reply. I wasn’t talking about the “hate” Carrie gets from the “critics” here.
    And don’t shoot your brain out it’s only two or three people being creepy no need to exaggerate.

  61. Stormy
    January 30, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Francesca: Carrie is a major label artist. I would wager the ammount of control she has over what goes on her albums hovers somewhere between slim and none.

  62. Drew
    January 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    You’re stronger than I, Razor… no way I’m getting involved or even reading through all that.

  63. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I think it is kind of “cult-like” to gang up on Carrie and her fans to trash them every time we voice our opinions of a negative review. It is not “cult-like” to defend someone when they are being unfairly attacked on all sides.

    I also admitted Carrie has flaws (of course) like we all do. She is not perfect nor are any of us. But I am a defender of the under-dog, I guess, and when the little guy is attacked on all sides, I feel a need to defend them.

    The owners of this site did not attack Carrie. They gave a review we disagree with. That is not a big deal.But the comments on this site afterwards are what is creepy and a little disturbing. I knew Carrie was not a favorite here, but for someone to stop admiring Randy Travis just because Carrie likes him, is pretty disturbing. That is hate to your core.

    I personally just think it is unfair when this site ignores all of Taylor’s sub par vocals and pop remixing, yet still nit picks every little thing when it comes to Carrie. I am trying to understand what it is about poor Carrie that causes all the unduly harsh criticism, whereas Taylor gets free passes for every bad butchered live performance, etc. The Brenda Lee cover at the Grammy nominations concert was a disaster of epic proportion… yet still she gets good reviews here, and Carrie gets slammed.

  64. Stormy
    January 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I knew Carrie was not a favorite here, but for someone to stop admiring Randy Travis just because Carrie likes him, is pretty disturbing. That is hate to your core.

    OR alternately, it was a joke that you didn’t get.

  65. Francesca
    January 30, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    sorry for venting so much. I said too much. It is not worth this energy.

  66. Razor X
    January 30, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “Read before you reply. I wasn’t talking about the “hate” Carrie gets from the “critics” here.”

    Excuse me? My comments weren’t directed at anything you wrote.

  67. Razor X
    January 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “I personally just think it is unfair when this site ignores all of Taylor’s sub par vocals and pop remixing, yet still nit picks every little thing when it comes to Carrie. I am trying to understand what it is about poor Carrie that causes all the unduly harsh criticism, whereas Taylor gets free passes for every bad butchered live performance, etc.”

    Taylor in no way gets a free pass for any of her numerous shortcomings. There is not much love for her on this site.

  68. Dan Milliken
    January 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    “it’s only two or three people being creepy no need to exaggerate.”

    If only ’twere so.

  69. re:Dan Milliken
    January 30, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Excuse me? My comments weren’t directed at anything you wrote.

    Duhrr! That’s why I posted as re:dan milliken it was a response to his post. but I see you can maybe follow the same advice.

  70. BJ
    January 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    This version of I Told You So is AMAZING! I am a die-hard Carrie fan,and yes she may over sing the title of the song a little, but the rest of the song is sung remarkably.

    And Jim Malec, what do you mean unlike Taylor Swift, Carrie has no story to tell? And “…if she’s going to build a career on a foundation of singing, she deserves to be held to a very high standard when it comes to…well…singing.”
    Umm I don’t know if you follow her carrer, or if you just rag on everything the girl does, but if I’m not mistaken she has wrote 4 #1 singles, 4!!!. They are great songs!
    And when you say there is a “detachment” WTF!?!?!. You must be deaf because that would be the onyl way you could not hear the emotion she puts into every song she sing, wether she wrote it or not.
    Have you even been to one of her concerts? Well I have, and she is indeed THE top-tier singer, when she sings you can tell that she is doing more than just “worring about hitting the high notes”. This website is basiclly bashing EVERYTHING Carrie does. No you guys are not biased toward Taylor Swift at all(sarcasm implied).
    You should really know about what your writing before you actually write it!

  71. J.R. Journey
    January 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this … so much fun to read.

    I think Chris N. hit the nail on the head with his high school hierarchy analogy.

    And I agree with Matt B. had to say about the English language after the next generations who are growing up (and learning the language) in the world of LOL and BRB. When acronyms take over …

  72. Troy
    January 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I think Carrie should have released You wont find this or twisted next instead of I told you so. This song is just ok it wasn’t my favorite of her cd.

  73. Razor X
    January 30, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    “This version of I Told You So is AMAZING! I am a die-hard Carrie fan,and yes she may over sing the title of the song a little, but the rest of the song is sung remarkably.”

    Well, there you have it. I guess that settles it then. How did we fail to recognize such greatness??

  74. Nicolas
    January 31, 2009 at 2:32 am

    This is going to probably be the last single from Carnival Ride, cause she’s aiming for a 3rd album in Fall 2009 so the lead-off single to that would come out in the Summer

  75. Nicolas
    January 31, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Soooo I think “The More Boys I Meet” is just popular for radio play, and has nothin’ to do w/ being a 6th single

  76. Matthew
    January 31, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I’m thinking, just maybe, that reviews of a Carrie Underwood song are something that you guys at the 9513 blog wait for. This blog waits for them because, and most likely only because, they wish to receive a massive amount of hits and comments which equals greater amounts of cash for them. Hey, I just clicked on this, give me my money’s worth and write a better review.

  77. Gus
    January 31, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Blah! Blah! Blah!
    Love Carrie’s version of the I Told You So. I like most of her stuff, but not all. She’s quite a classy girl.
    AND, I am very tired of Taylor’s teeny-bopper songs sung out of tune. I just don’t get the attraction.

  78. JCH
    January 31, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Carrie Underwood has an amazing vocal ability. I can’t wait until she releases some material that actually lives up to it.

  79. Josh
    January 31, 2009 at 9:20 am

    After listening to Carrie’s version provided from 9513 was, in my humble opinion, a little overdone. Randy Travis being the main person who got me listening to music more often when I was a teenager allowed me to branch out. His voice and delivery pretty much pulled me emotionally and always has…even when the song itself wasn’t so great. I’ll only say that I admire Carrie for her delivery and ability to sing the song, but it doesn’t quite get to me as much as Travis’ ability.

  80. Stormy
    January 31, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Gus: I don’t get the attraction to Taylor either. I also don’t get why I should like Carrie because she is “classy?” What does that even mean?

  81. Angeleno
    January 31, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Taylor Swift may be a crappy singer, but at least I feel like she has something to say. She has a story she’s trying to tell.

    ^^Is this the standard we hold singers to nowadays? As long as she has a story “she’s trying to tell”? I’m pretty sure there are a lot of them in karaoke and music bars too.

    If Swift passes herself as a singer, shouldn’t she be also held to the same standards you hold for the other singers? It seems to me just because she has a story she’s trying to tell you she’s suddenly this great artist that other singers can’t even sniff. And I feel she’s also being given a pass because she’s young.

  82. Angeleno
    January 31, 2009 at 11:15 am

    What’s Carrie supposed to do to get a thumbs up from you guys? Sing off key and write about boys and fairy

    ^^Yeah, I didn’t know singing off key IS the standard of great interpretive singing nowadays. Because you know, singing off key shows off that vulnerability, that raw emotion you feel deep inside your heart when you’re really, really into the song, when you really feel something. Who cares about listening to something in tune? Something in tune nowadays just means technically proficient, and in 9513 world, that’s just so wrong.

  83. Stephen H.
    January 31, 2009 at 11:25 am

    As many others have stated, Taylor Swift seems to be no means a critical darling of The 9513, so Angeleno, I’m not quite sure where you’re coming from there. And AGAIN, this is not an either-or proposition. I happen to like both artists, so I would appreciate there not to be the implication that I have to choose one or the other.

  84. Razor X
    January 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

    “I also don’t get why I should like Carrie because she is “classy?” What does that even mean?”

    It means she sings “classy” songs like “Last Name.”

  85. Angeleno
    January 31, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Taylor also gets a free pass on her material. I remember reading her album review and it basically said who cares if she’s singing pop songs and posing as a country singer? Good material is good material whatever genre it is. Who cares if it’s pop fluff?! IT’S TAYLOR SWIFT!!!! THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST!!!! ALL BOW DOWN!!!

    But they happily hammer away at Carrie because she’s not country enough. Because she’s not at par to their little snobbish country standards. Because she doesn’t sing genuine country for her own material. The compliments they give her are at most backhanded. It’s like it pains them to say that Carrie has actually done something good, or God forbid, even great.

    I can understand not liking some Carrie songs. I too don’t like all of her material. But the bias here is pretty great it’s hard to take what you say seriously.

  86. Angeleno
    January 31, 2009 at 11:36 am

    And I forgot in my first post:

    Taylor Swift may be a crappy singer, but at least I feel like she has something to say. She has a story she’s trying to tell.

    ^^You know, Miranda also sings like she has a story she’s trying to tell. Trisha Yearwood as well. Her last album was a gem! And the two ladies are fanstasic singers. So just because Taylor has something to say it doesn’t excuse her crappy singing unlike for you.

  87. Jon
    January 31, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I thought this was a very balanced review, actually.

    Of course you do. The review isn’t very favorable to Carrie. ;)

    When she sings, I feel like I’m listening to a really, really good karaoke singer.

    Then why hold her to such a high standard if she’s just a good karaoke singer for you? I mean, why bother?

    I’m just curious, and because I don’t want to get into that Taylor vs Carrie cattiness, I’ll just use someone else. If Patty or Trisha or Jennifer covered and sung it the exact same way Carrie did, with the exact same production, I wonder if you guys would probably have been floored and proclaim it as one of the best songs of the year.

    Sometimes, the line between the dislike for someone’s material and the dislike for the person herself gets very blurry and it’s easy to cross lines and go back and forth. And that’s totally fine. But just don’t call yourself objective when that happens.

  88. Stephanie
    January 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    This is the kind of review I’ve come to expect from The 9513. The bias here is absolutely ridiculous and uncalled for: is it THAT difficult for any of you so-called music critics to listen to a song with an open mind and not criticize every minute detail because you simply don’t like the person who’s singing it?

    Is there anything Carrie can do that won’t be met with harsh criticism and personal attacks? Why is her loyalty to the genre being questioned when someone like Taylor Swift releases a straight pop record and she gets her ass kissed? What, do you all want to do her or something? Seriously, it’s ridiculous. This is a person with LEGITIMATE TALENT, and you’re all basically saying she’s talentless. You’re all simply arm-chair music executives and, sorry to burst your over-inflated bubble, but YOU DON’T MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE STATE OF THE GENRE WHATSOEVER. Regardles of who you trash and accuse of having no talent (Carrie, Kenny, Brad, Toby, etc.) THEY’RE STILL SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES WITH THE MOST HITS IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC INDUSTRY. Your blog doesn’t make a dent.

  89. Andrew
    January 31, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “Why is her loyalty to the genre being questioned when someone like Taylor Swift releases a straight pop record and she gets her ass kissed?”

    That’s where I stopped reading. Yep, no one here ever criticizes Taylor Swift.

  90. Dan Milliken
    January 31, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “If Patty or Trisha or Jennifer covered and sung it the exact same way Carrie did, with the exact same production, I wonder if you guys would probably have been floored and proclaim it as one of the best songs of the year.”

    I can’t speak for anyone but me (and I don’t write for this site), but if one of the singers you mentioned produced the exact same version, I can safely say I would dislike it just as much – maybe more, because I generally expect more taste-wise from the singers you mentioned. It’s just not a very interesting song to cover, and this version doesn’t really do anything to enliven it. Patty Loveless (a singer I generally like) recorded an album full of frankly better songs this year that I still didn’t care too much for, and rest assured that if she had included a cover of “I Told You So,” sung and produced like this, it would have been my least favorite track by far.

    Do a little searching here (good place to start: the article about Carrie being the perfect next choice for the Opry) and you’ll find that Carrie has received a good deal of praise by writers for this site in addition to substantial criticism. Or has it not occurred to anyone that maybe the review is actually just based on musical quality rather than a bias?

    Also,

    “This is a person with LEGITIMATE TALENT, and you’re all basically saying she’s talentless.”

    I don’t mean this in a rude way – I understand that fans have a stake in their artists, and that’s fine – but dramatically twisting things people have said doesn’t help you make a point. The review cited her technical proficiency (meaning, she clearly has a great deal of skill, even if her singing doesn’t always feel emotional) and said she had shown “flashes of brilliance.” Talentless, right.

  91. Dan Milliken
    January 31, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Correction: Patty’s album was last year. My bad.

  92. Razor X
    January 31, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “Regardles of who you trash and accuse of having no talent (Carrie, Kenny, Brad, Toby, etc.) THEY’RE STILL SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES WITH THE MOST HITS IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC INDUSTRY.”

    You’re right. That’s why today’s country radio stinks to high heaven.

  93. Chris N.
    January 31, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    There’s no such thing as an unbiased review, and there shouldn’t be. That’s not what reviews are for.

  94. Troy
    January 31, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Razor X comments like that make people believe that it is bias because it just saying that everything on the radio is bad. Even if it’s not your taste doesn’t mean that all of their songs are bad.

  95. Razor X
    January 31, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    “Razor X comments like that make people believe that it is bias because it just saying that everything on the radio is bad. Even if it’s not your taste doesn’t mean that all of their songs are bad.”

    Troy, the vast majority of the music that gets played on Airhead Country Radio IS bad. And since I’m not on The 9513 staff, my saying so in no way makes the reviews posted here biased.

  96. Jon
    January 31, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    There’s no such thing as an unbiased review, and there shouldn’t be. That’s not what reviews are for.

    Oh yeah, I get that. Every person has their own biases. Every person likes and dislikes different things.

    But I do believe though that a review at least should have some significant semblance of separating the objectivity from the bias. It’s just like any other review – movies, TV, etc. Would a review like “Dis movi sux! i hate that actor!!!” actually help you in any kind of way?

    I just don’t like it when the a personal dislike about someone can be written, embellished with big words, and passed off as a review. And then hate it when people call them out on their agenda.

  97. Jack
    January 31, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I do respect the reviews here on The 9513, and I agree with many of them. I do, however, have to disagree with Brady’s review of Carrie’s version of “I Told You So”. I think that Brady wanted a new take on the song from Carrie and was disappointed in her straightforward rendition. I can understand that, but to me her straightforward version was beautifully sung and communicated the song’s lament effectively. I would definitely give Carrie’s take on this song a “Thumbs Up”.

  98. Jake
    January 31, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    “Why is her loyalty to the genre being questioned when someone like Taylor Swift releases a straight pop record and she gets her ass kissed?”

    That’s where I stopped reading. Yep, no one here ever criticizes Taylor Swift.

    Don’t let Jim hear this. He kisses the ground she walk on.

  99. Stormy
    January 31, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    If Patty or Trisha or Jennifer covered and sung it the exact same way Carrie did, with the exact same production, I wonder if you guys would probably have been floored and proclaim it as one of the best songs of the year.

    Patty or Trisha WOULDN’T have sung it the same way. They have an inate interprative skill that Carrie lacks.

  100. Roger
    January 31, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    The best new songwriter in Nashville is Miranda Lambert, not Taylor. She uses original themes and intelligent lyrics,

    …..and steve earle’s melodies

  101. Jon
    January 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Patty or Trisha WOULDN’T have sung it the same way.

    Yeah, because if it’s Patty or Trisha, belting wouldn’t have been belting. It would have been described as gorgeous, heartfelt wailing as if they lived through the song.

  102. Noah Eaton
    January 31, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I don’t doubt the sincerity of the notion that credit will go where credit is due here.

    Indeed Matt was able to forgive the perplexing composition of “Just A Dream” by the fact that Carrie’s vocals are in top form on this track and showcase more of her range and emotive poignancy. Another moment I believe her vocal performance is especially robust is on “Flat On The Floor”, where she doesn’t only hit all the right notes; she PROJECTS them with immense effect on lines like “You can’t knock me off my feet, when I’m already on my knees.” where I would respectfully disagree with the claim she “strays from passionate to obnoxious”……..at least in a disjointed, inconsistent fashion. And while I agree in part with Brady that “Last Name” would have been more effective if the joshing nature of the song was peppered more into her performance, I nonetheless found the whole convincing enough and applaud Underwood for making an honest effort to develop her repertoire somewhat beyond the persona of an innocent, all-American girl.

    But I have to concur that this was a fair review, which acknowledged her strong performance during the first verse, not to mention recognized Underwood intuitively selected a track that suits her style quite well. But I do believe, if you are to release a cover as a single, the vocalist ought to, in a way, give it a life of its own, and not merely sound like a re-boot of sorts to adjust to the present music scene. With respect, I believe Underwood falls short of that here.

    Randy Travis himself may disagree, and I respect that. But I simply doubt that this cover will be remembered five years from now anywhere near the same degree as “Before He Cheats”, “Jesus Take The Wheel” and, perhaps, “Just A Dream” will. Indeed, a cover like, say, Johnny Cash’s take on alternative group Nine Inch Nail’s “Hurt” made virtually no impact on the Hot Country Songs chart upon its release, yet maintains a lasting impression on many listeners to this day, in a way where younger demographics in particular will think of that cover as arguably just as much his signature song as “I Walk the Line” or “Folsom Prison Blues”. That’s got to mean a lot.

    I sincerely don’t think anyone here is putting Underwood to ridiculously lofty standards where she’d have to pull off a cover of timeless metaphysical certitude along the ranks of Patsy Cline’s “Faded Love”, or even a relatively more recent one like Dwight Yoakam’s take on “Streets of Bakersfield” to receive any speck of respect here. Heck, Karlie’s recent review of Little Big Town’s cover of “Go Tell It On The Mountain” points out a fine example of how you can record an enjoyable, effective cover by simply giving it some good old-fashioned gusto. The bottom line is, I think Underwood’s version of “I Told You So” falls short of its desired effect.

  103. Jon
    January 31, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Do a little searching here (good place to start: the article about Carrie being the perfect next choice for the Opry)

    That was Matt C., and he’s gone now.

  104. Stormy
    January 31, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Jon: But that is Carrie’s fundimental flaw–she can’t get past the sound of her own voice.

  105. Noah Eaton
    January 31, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “I do respect the reviews here on The 9513, and I agree with many of them. I do, however, have to disagree with Brady’s review of Carrie’s version of ‘I Told You So’. I think that Brady wanted a new take on the song from Carrie and was disappointed in her straightforward rendition. I can understand that, but to me her straightforward version was beautifully sung and communicated the song’s lament effectively. I would definitely give Carrie’s take on this song a ‘Thumbs Up’.”

    *

    I think part of the point Brady is making is somewhat similar to the point Karlie is making with respect to Trace Adkin’s “Marry For Money”; that is, when we judge it as an album track, it’s a respectable offering…….but because we’re discussing its merit as an official single release, and how effective or ineffective it is at either revealing or highlighting the artist’s strengths and/or signs of artistic maturity, this track simply doesn’t exhibit Underwood’s top vocal capabilities, nor does it contain visible signs of Underwood’s growth as a performer or give Travis’ work a certain new life of its own.

  106. Jim Malec
    January 31, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “Then why hold her to such a high standard if she’s just a good karaoke singer for you? I mean, why bother?”

    Because everything that Carrie stands for as an artist is built on her supposed vocal greatness. That is everything that makes her worthwhile as an artist. When you strip away her cuteness, her sexiness, her fast rise to fame, what you are left with are the following facts: Her music is written by committee; it is produced by formula; and it is designed to appeal to the country radio audience, which, let’s face it, isn’t particularly concerned with whether or not a song is creatively sound.

    Movie goers watch movies. Movie critics critique movies. Our job is not to simply predict or reflect the thoughts of the public at large.

    If you take away Underwood’s implied vocal prowess, what else is there by which to engage us? What is the difference between Carrie Underwood and any other female artist?

    There is nothing, because her music doesn’t even attempt to be inventive. It’s designed in a way that allows the radio format to define its sound, and it replies on narrative arcs that are incredibly stale.

    When your most significant (by far) artistic trait is your singing, you’re going to be held to a very high standard of singing. And that standard has nothing to do with whether or not I personally think you’re a good singer.

    I don’t think Underwood is a great singer. I think (as I’ve said before), she’s a good singer who can be a great singer. But her success on American Idol put her in the spotlight before she was ready. Artists don’t pay dues for superficial reasons–there are lessons learned from that expierience that go into the character of artist in question. I don’t fault Carrie Underwood for not taking the stereotypical route to success, but I do think the fact that she didn’t take that route has a tangible effect on her artistry.

  107. Jake
    January 31, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    When you strip away her cuteness, her sexiness, her fast rise to fame, what you are left with are the following facts: Her music is written by committee; it is produced by formula; and it is designed to appeal to the country radio audience, which, let’s face it, isn’t particularly concerned with whether or not a song is creatively sound.

    Says the man whose enamored with a certain someone. Dude you’re so transparent it ridiculous. No need for essays it’d do you better if you’d just admit you can’t stand her and will never really like anything she sings. Did she turn you down and call you ugly?

    Might aswell review her grammy performance now.

  108. Jim Malec
    January 31, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    “No need for essays it’d do you better if you’d just admit you can’t stand her and will never really like anything she sings.”

    This, my friend, is the difference between me and you–I don’t make up my mind about whether or not I like something before actually listen to it.

    Regarding Taylor Swift (a.k.a. a “certain someone”) I’d like you to find an example of how I’m “enamored” with her. Yes, I gave “Love Story” a Thumbs Up, and I realize I’m an outlier on that one–I thought her use of symbolism and allusion was misinterpreted, not misguided. Outside of that song, I think you’ll find that gave a mixed review to Fearless and have never written anything else about Taylor Swift for this publication, other than in comments, where I’ve explicitly criticized her live performances (repeatedly), even, I believe, calling one “a complete train wreck.”

  109. Razor X
    January 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    ” …no one here ever criticizes Taylor Swift.”

    Is this in the talking points that are handed out to Carrie’s fan club members or something? Over and over again this charge is repeated and it’s completely unfounded. Most of the people here are highly critical of Taylor’s music.

  110. Vicki
    January 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I agree with Jim. Carrie is a good singer with periods of greatness- “How Great Thou Art”, “Praying for Time”, “Stand By Your Man”, “Let the World Go Away, etc I also agree that her main goal to being a great singer is to knock back the volume a notch or two and feel the words to the music. But first, she needs to find a good written song. Carnival Ride did have some nice songs but they were all “Belting” songs. Next time around there needs to be some equal time for showcasing her voice without the belting. We know she has power but now she needs finesse.

  111. Troy
    January 31, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Razor X I wasn’t saying that review was bias i agree with the review but when you say “You’re right. That’s why today’s country radio stinks to high heaven.” Reading comments like that makes people think that everyone is going to be bias because it sounds like even if the song was extremely good you still wouldn’t give it a chance. And I’m sure there a lot of people that would say most of traditional music that isn’t played on the radio IS bad but then its not paying attention to each song, it’s lumping everything together not giving it a chance.

  112. Troy
    January 31, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Jake this sites review of Taylor swift fearless album was the second lowest I have seen with most putting it a 4 stars/ 4 and 1/2.

  113. Jon
    January 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    -When your most significant (by far) artistic trait is your singing, you’re going to be held to a very high standard of singing. And that standard has nothing to do with whether or not I personally think you’re a good singer.-

    Well, I guess for the majority, which obviously doesn’t include you, she’s meeting the very high standards of a great singer. Yeah, yeah, I know the awards, the sales, the #1 hits don’t tell the whole story, but in case of Underwood, that counts for something, doesn’t it? ;)

    For a moment there, I thought your standard is THE standard.

    -Her music is written by committee-

    I don’t really see anything wrong with that. An artist is not just all about if he can write the songs he sings. Like Carrie said, if there are better songs written by others that she can sing, then why force her songs? Just to prove she’s “artistic”? Heck, one Ashlee Simpson wrote all the songs in one of her albums, proudly proclaimed how great it felt because she apparently became a legit artist after that. Turns out, the album was just mindless dreck. On the other hand, you have Trisha or George, who in their long storied careers, probably didn’t even write 25% of the songs they recorded, but that is not a fact taken against them. It didn’t make their songs any less great.

    -Artists don’t pay dues for superficial reasons–there are lessons learned from that expierience that go into the character of artist in question. I don’t fault Carrie Underwood for not taking the stereotypical route to success, but I do think the fact that she didn’t take that route has a tangible effect on her artistry.-

    Carrie has been on record as saying that American Idol is a different kind of paying dues. Since Carrie’s career seems to be far from over anyway (hopefully), I think it’s too early to tell if her uncoventional route to success will permanently “damage” her artistry. For some of us who have followed Carrie since the first day she was shown on TV on the American Idol auditions, there has really been an immense improvement from all aspects, her singing, her presence, her interpretation. I would have cringed at the thought had Carrie tried singing Desperado or Make The World Go Away while she was still competing back in American Idol. I admit that would have been a trainwreck.

    I guess it’s easy to dismiss Carrie as just another bland singer if you’re just hearing her now, or following her now. She could still vastly improve on her material, no doubt, but I see there’s already a great improvement from the first time I saw her sing. What strikes me about Carrie is she seems to be a better live singer than a recording artist, in terms of interpretive effectiveness. I can see why some would hear indulgent belting when you listen to her CDs. However, her live concert versions of I Know You Won’t and I Told You So, among others, are leaps and bounds better in terms of both vocal prowess and interpretation. Which to me shows her live performances(San Antonio Rose, Desperado, Make the World Go Away, Stand By Your Man)that were heavily praised were certainly no fluke. She IS a great singer.

    The key probably for Carrie is to learn how to translate or channel that better interpretation during live performances into her recorded material. Not all see her live performances or concerts, and may just hear her on the radio and form their own conclusions there. A toned-down production will probably be the first step.

  114. Jim Malec
    January 31, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “I don’t really see anything wrong with that. An artist is not just all about if he can write the songs he sings.”

    No, there’s nothing wrong with it. But we judge Trisha and George based on their singing.

    “Carrie has been on record as saying that American Idol is a different kind of paying dues.”

    I disagree with her, though I do think winning AI is very, very difficult and certainly proves a number of things.

    “Since Carrie’s career seems to be far from over anyway (hopefully), I think it’s too early to tell if her unconventional route to success will permanently “damage” her artistry.”

    I’m not judging her future artistry. That would be insane and impossible. I’m judging her current artistry. You missed my entire point for bringing up the “dues” issue.

    That point is that while Underwood may have excellent vocal skills, she hasn’t yet learned how to use them as effectivley as she might have had she gone through a more typical filtering process. I don’t think she was ready for the level of stardom the AI platform thrust her into. I have a lot of faith that she’ll get there someday.

    “The key probably for Carrie is to learn how to translate or channel that better interpretation during live performances into her recorded material.”

    You very well may be on to something there.

  115. Stormy
    January 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Vicki: In that same season of AI George Micheal did better than Carrie on Praying for Time simply by virtue of feeling the song instead of shouting it.

  116. Joe
    January 31, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I can’t argue with this review. A re-interpretation of the song would’ve been much better. Carrie is at the same point in her career where Whitney was back in her “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” days: all we want is for her to hit the high notes, and if she finds some soul every now and then, all the better. When she finally breaks out of this mold, it’ll be fun to see what happens.

    Also: it would be nice to know if — sorry, when — the writers here at The 9513 disagree with one another. It’s impossible for you all to operate such an opinion-based forum yet agree with each other and defend each other so consistently (and dependably). Some internal dissent would inevitably cut down on the accusations of bias here.

  117. Jim Malec
    January 31, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Joe, I agree–BUT have you been reading any of Ben’s replies to my reviews ;-)

  118. J.R. Journey
    February 1, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Carrie Underwood and Whitney Houston = great comparison. Whitney is another artist who never could match the vocal acrobatics of her voice with any real feeling or soul.

  119. Matt C.
    February 1, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Do a little searching here (good place to start: the article about Carrie being the perfect next choice for the Opry)

    That was Matt C., and he’s gone now.

    I must congratulate Jon for being the first to realize that I was, indeed, asked to leave The 9513 because of my excessive praise for Carrie Underwood.

  120. Vicki
    February 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Stormy, since I had not heard George Micheal’s version, I just went by Carries. I thought she put a lot of emotion in that song and I know I at least was left in tears at the end of it. At least one person felt her emotion. I’ll search you tube for the original.

  121. 007
    February 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

    JR “Carrie Underwood and Whitney Houston = great comparison”, huge compliment, Whitney is one of the greatest singers of all time, and if you did not see emotion in her music especially in her mid career, well it brings me to think possibly with all your talk of music, artist and emotion, that maybe you are the one with no emotion. And no I am not a “fanbot”, just an observer of the blogs here.

    Obituary
    9513 know for its constint complaining of lack of traditionalisim, lack of emotion, and anger to any artist that is popular at any particular time.
    The passing was due to that fact that no song, no artist, or no music was ever good enough, their standards were larger than life.

  122. Jim Malec
    February 1, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Wait–I’m confused…
    Do we suck because we’re ultra-traditionalists, or do we suck because we love Taylor Swift too much?

    Because those two things seem to contradict each other.

  123. J.R. Journey
    February 1, 2009 at 9:49 am

    007 said: And no I am not a “fanbot”.

    If you feel you have to defend yourself against such allegations(which haven’t even been made), methinks you fit that category well. But we call you guys ‘superfans’. You’re confusing ‘superfans’ with ‘fembots’. The former being the listener, the latter being the singer.

    Comparing Whitney and Carrie wasn’t meant as a compliment so much as stating the unfortunate fact that while both are magnificently proficient vocalists, neither have tapped into any real emotion (Carrie) or soul (Whitney). And what do my emotions have to do with anything? Not being a singer, it’s not my job to emote a lyric. But, these girls have made it their job – and they’re just not very good at it. So, go ahead and be mesmerized by the vocals if you want. Me, I’ll take heart and soul over technical proficiency and screaming any day.

    And I didn’t know the 9513 was dead. Hell, I didn’t even know you guys were ill. I’d have sent a card or some flowers …

  124. nencia
    February 1, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I think it’s funny that some of you think your OPINION is a fact. I happen to think Carrie(and Whitney)shows emotion very well and I’m sure countless others feel the same way, otherwise she wouldn’t have sold as many albums or won as many awards as she has.

  125. 007
    February 1, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Oh JR you do love to hear yourself don’t you.
    “If you feel you have to defend yourself against such allegations(which haven’t even been made), methinks you fit that category well”

    I made the statement because that is what the majority of the people who are not for the song are calling everyone who is for it. I myself Have not said if I was for or against.

    I was simply commenting on your Whitney comment. Whatever you say to compair anyone to Whitney is a compliment. You are not the bible of music, so maybe instead of fighting every opinion just take one in once in a while.

    Now this is the very reason I don’t comment on here cause no matter what you say or who like or don’t, people like you will just say the opposite, just out for drama.

  126. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Vicki: Carrie’s version of praying for time inspired me too–inspired me to go out the next day and hunt up a copy of Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Most of the time when Carrie covers a song it just inspires me to find the orginal.

    Jim: You can tell I’m a traditionalist by how much Neko Case I listen to.

  127. Jon
    February 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    -But, these girls have made it their job – and they’re just not very good at it. So, go ahead and be mesmerized by the vocals if you want. Me, I’ll take heart and soul over technical proficiency and screaming any day.-

    That’s how you see it, but it’s not how everyone should see it, right? I happen to think both women are great singers – whatever the heck that means now – and while not all of their material are perfect, they have a significant number of work that both put in enough emotion and soul that the songs called for. I may have really low standards here, but for me, I don’t have to see my singer end up on her knees, crying, writhing, smashing things onstage just for me to see how much emotion she feels, how angry she is, how sad she had become. When I saw Carrie in a concert this past fall, she just stood onstage in one place when she sung I Know You Won’t, but I could hear more than enough desperation and hopelessness in her voice that the song warrants. Ditto for Whitney when I hear I Have Nothing come up on radio and I happen to catch it. Maybe some of us just wants more and more emotion. Me, I could hear it fine.

    -Stormy, since I had not heard George Micheal’s version, I just went by Carries. I thought she put a lot of emotion in that song and I know I at least was left in tears at the end of it. At least one person felt her emotion. I’ll search you tube for the original.-

    You’re not alone. I love her version of Praying For Time, and I also love the original version. I don’t have to feel like I have to choose between the two of them – I can love both. Even Carrie’s staunchest critics when she was back at AI (critics who are way “harsher” than here), the same critics who baptized her Ellie Mae Farmbot, were pleasantly surprised by the change in Carrie when they saw that performance. I was glad.

  128. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I didn’t notice many of her critics loving her version, but then again I was reading the site where they nicknamed her Carrie Ruxpin.

  129. northtexas
    February 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Interesting reaction to this review from the moderator of the Pulse Music Board: http://pulsemusic.proboards48.com./index.cgi?board=country&action=display&thread=80348&page=10#2001985

    “they nicknamed her Carrie Ruxpin.”

    LOL! What board was that? I think you and Rick just like to stir the pot.

  130. nm
    February 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Carl Wilson, in his little book on Celine Dion, does some great analysis on why some people feel that huge sound = huge passion and others feel that huge sound = ignoring the song. Reading this thread, I feel like recommending that everyone go out and read it (it’s short!) and only then come back to the argument. Because, basically, everyone here is agreeing about what Carrie Underwood sounds and sings like; the disagreement comes in the evaluation of what that sound means.

  131. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Its not an either or secenario. Martina McBride, for example, is very capable of doing both loud and emotion.

  132. walkdog
    February 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I also, will be frustrated with the many young Carrie fans who think she is singing an original song… she sings it O-K, but doesn’t replace Randy as my favorite!

  133. nm
    February 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Stormy, I agree that it’s not either/or. But most everyone taking part in this discussion seems to hold that position. BTW, I disagree about McBride. Because, far too often, she sings the sound and not the song.

  134. Jack
    February 1, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Stormy: I’m a big fan of Martina, but I really don’t think she does more than Carrie at conveying emotion. Let’s face it, music is a very personal thing, we can go round and round about whether Carrie is able to imbue a song with emotion, but it all comes down to individual choice. You may think Carrie sounds like a “farmbot” but other people are intensely moved by her singing. So who is right? The answer is that there is no “right” in this case.

  135. Jack
    February 1, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Moreover, I can appreciate that for Brady, Carrie’s version of ITYS misses the mark. For me, however, I really enjoy her version. So we both have our own feelings about it and that is to be expected. This is not physics where there is a “right” answer.

  136. northtexas
    February 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Amazing, 135 posts already! Love Carrie or hate her is their anyone else in country music who can generate such a lengthy and heated discussion?
    I don’t know how long the 9513 has been around but I wonder if there was this much interest and controversy over Shania.

  137. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I’m just trying to figure out why she is so danged happy her ex is telling her “I told you so.”

  138. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    North: I believe the last person to generate this much discussion was either Jessica Simpson or Kellie Pickler.

  139. J.R. Journey
    February 1, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Uh oh, North said the ‘S’ word. Now it really begins.

  140. northtexas
    February 1, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    “North: I believe the last person to generate this much discussion was either Jessica Simpson or Kellie Pickler.”

    Yes, but every CU review or news item gets discussed ad nauseam.

  141. northtexas
    February 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “Uh oh, North said the ‘S’ word. Now it really begins.”

    Oops! sorry about that!

  142. Adam
    February 1, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Carrie did an ok job with this song; however, everytime she opens her mouth just to talk, I cringe.

  143. ALJID
    February 1, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Eve said, “I was just waiting for your review because I knew what it was going to say before you even put fingers to keyboard. There is very little that Ms. Underwood could do to please you guys. You throw her a few crumbs now and then just so you don’t look too biased, but overall, you’re pretty predictable. I really don’t expect everyone to go ga ga over her, but really, her talent is obvious. Good gracious, if Taylor Swift could get all those thumbs up from you, surely someone who has a good voice could also.”

    That’s why it’s appropriate that this site should be alternatively named as http://www.taylorswiftfans.com

    Duh! Someone like Taylor Swift who can’t sing a note in tune to save her life gets a thumbs up while Carrie gets a traditional thumbs down…Ugghh….Swift remixes her songs to pop radio and yet Carrie’s credibility as a country singer has always been questioned in this site. Are they really that blind not to see what Swift has been blatantly doing? That makes my skin crawl!

  144. Steve Harvey
    February 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    NM,

    That’s the perfect description – ‘singing the sound and not the song’!

    Jim,

    I didn’t realize Underwood was considered sexy. Is this a commonly held view (I am not being facetious)?

  145. Billy
    February 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Oh no, NorthTexas said “Shania,” now the legions of Shania fans will come….

  146. Mirandas2cool
    February 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Whoa 135 comments. This song is just ok. Its amazing how much controversy their is between these two. Personaly i dont care for Taylor or Carrie. I think Triisha Yearwood and others are much more talented and better at singing well and conveying emotion in their songs.

  147. Troy
    February 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    ALJID said Swift remixes her songs to pop radio and yet Carrie’s credibility as a country singer has always been questioned in this site.

    really what is wrong with remixing songs from country songs to pop songs I don’t see the problem. Also, for everyone making the argument that its pop music and shouldn’t be played on country radio and takes real country slots on radio away what makes people think that people that listen to pop music would want to hear a country song stealing away from pop music slots.

  148. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    If you take a pop song and play it on country radio and pop radio, that just means you have to hear it more.

  149. Troy
    February 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    What makes love story ,the original, a pop song compared to pop songs like Womanizer, Just Dance, and Hot N Cold.

  150. Razor X
    February 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    “Also, for everyone making the argument that its pop music and shouldn’t be played on country radio and takes real country slots on radio away what makes people think that people that listen to pop music would want to hear a country song stealing away from pop music slots.”

    We don’t care about what pop fans want to hear.

  151. ALJID
    February 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    To JIM MALEC

    And what particular story of Swift are you referring to which make her or her artistry count? They are all about boys boys boys. Perhaps Jesus Take the Wheel wasn’t an inspiring story after all or Just a Dream didn’t tell something about a wife losing her husband but the listeners like us were imagining there was such.

    And by your standards Carrie is just a karaoke singer. Then Taylor Swift must be an absolute trash. I think you’re losing credibility just by saying and I quote, “Taylor Swift may be a crappy singer, but at least I feel like she has something to say. She has a story she’s trying to tell. Underwood? Not so much. And, in Swift’s case, that counts for something.”

    Every artist got some story to tell. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a song for them to sing, right? But to shy away stories like loss of a loved one in Just a Dream or renewal of Faith in Jesus take the Wheel over some teenage stories about boys boys boys is bordering on illegal! You’ve got the nerve to call yourselves and this site traditional country. Judging by what I read you are certainly accepting Swift along with the greats like Reba and Trisha and dismissing Carrie. What a revelation…Ewwwww…..

  152. Troy
    February 1, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    But it can’t work one way and not work the other way. If u don’t want to hear music that is of a different genre on country radio then why would any other genre want to music that not their genre on radio.

    And saying “We don’t care about what pop fans want to hear” is just selfish yet many traditionalist want to hear that kind of country back on the radio but why should radio programmers care what another group thinks i guess right.

  153. ALJID
    February 1, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    To TROY, you said, “Really what is wrong with remixing songs from country songs to pop songs I don’t see the problem. Also, for everyone making the argument that its pop music and shouldn’t be played on country radio and takes real country slots on radio away what makes people think that people that listen to pop music would want to hear a country song stealing away from pop music slots.”

    If that’s the case, then why was Shania, LeAnne, and Faith Hill got country radio resistance when they tried popping up their songs and Taylor gets a free pass? She’s less talented of the three I realized. Sorry.

  154. Razor X
    February 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Troy, I’m not pushing for pop radio to play “country” songs. If they want to play them, fine. If they don’t want to hear them, that’s fine with me, too. What I do not want is pop songs played on country radio. And that’s in no way inconsistent because I’m not dictating to anyone else what should or shouldn’t be played in their genre.

  155. Troy
    February 1, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    That point doesn’t really work for two reason. First just because a few suffered from it doesn’t mean that the next generation.
    And second these were the first people that were really doing the pop-country thing with remixes and anytime something new comes there is going to be heavy opposition from the other side at first and then gradually it becomes more acceptable.

  156. Razor X
    February 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    “You’ve got the nerve to call yourselves and this site traditional country.

    Who here is calling themselves or this site traditional country? That term is pretty much used exclusively by pop apologists who want to marginalize the opinions of those who don’t like what’s currently going on at country radio.

  157. Troy
    February 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    What part of the song really makes Carrie Underwood/ Taylor Swift songs really pop songs. I listen to both of these two Genre the most and i do like a good amount traditional singers i don’t see how these songs would be classified of pop. Love Story or Carrie Underwood So Small or Just A Dream. I don’t see them having the characteristics of being all pop

  158. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    That would work if the songs weren’t already being played on pop stations.

  159. Troy
    February 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Stormy love story didn’t start getting heavy rotation and didn’t enter the top 50 until the pop mix came out. I don’t think Carrie Underwood songs have been getting much pop airplay anyway

  160. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    They why do they make the AC charts?

  161. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    And why does no one ever mess up and play them on the same stations as Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris?

  162. vp
    February 2, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Wow! I’ve read all the post and it always amazes me when there is a topic with Carrie it always gets taken in every which direction except the one it is intended. (for Taylor as well)Of course Taylor has to be brought in at some point or this would not be a true 9513 Carrie discussion.

    Back to the review; I have never been a huge fan of this Randy song, well not the lyrics anyway, I do enjoy the melody and his vocals, though not his best. I just find the lyrics confusing and all over the place.

    With Carrie’s version I still feel the same about the lyrics, but different about the over all song. I think she brings a new life to the song, and a different perspective. I enjoy how the song starts off soft and then the build up to the chorus which she sings so well with such restraint not to over sing it, (as we know and everyone has to state, she has the voice that could), then she softly returns to the chorus. I think this song and Just A Dream are the best thus far to be released from her.

    I think after only two albums in three short years, she has shown a great amount of growth that would be expected from any new artist. But for some reason peole expect so much more from her, why? Is it because she is on top and people like to knock you down when you are on top, or is it her awards. Let’s face it the female content and presence in country music had been not to great in the couples leading up to her arrival, so yeah when she is atop the charts with every song of course people are going to recognize that. Don’t forget that is all your “traditional”, artist that are giving her these awards so quit pouting when your fav doesn’t win.

    Just let the poor girl learn and grow with time that she deserves like any other artist. Come back in another three years then maybe there will be or not a reason to want more from her.

  163. Brady Vercher
    February 2, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Would it hurt to quit bringing up Taylor Swift? It might behoove some of y’all to actually go back and read the archives before making outlandish, emotional claims. Are we a bunch of Taylor Swift fans that never say anything negative about her? While she has been given her due praise, the answer is no.

    Are we totally biased and do we never say anything nice about Carrie Underwood? Nope.

    Francesca: “I find it very disconcerting that you give the bubble gum pop that Taylor has submitted rave reviews, yet you trash Carrie at every turn you can. It clearly shows that you just hate Carrie, and you take joy in cutting her down at every turn[…]

    Carrie is an incredible singer and this site is just full of hate for her, which is unfortunate[…]

    So I don’t understand the logic or rationale behind the hate here, except to say you just hate Carrie, and always will[…]

    I personally just think it is unfair when this site ignores all of Taylor’s sub par vocals and pop remixing, yet still nit picks every little thing when it comes to Carrie.

    Wrong, wrong, and let me check, wrong again.
    —-

    Gavin: “I was just pointing out that the selection of the song wasn’t as complicated as some make it out to be. I didn’t mean to imply that you were a crusty old man with an over-active imagination. I never perceived you as a staunch traditionalist either.

    My apologies if your comments weren’t directed towards me.
    —-

    Dan Milliken: “Carrie gets a lot of “hate” at sites like this (if by “hate” you mean people saying, “eh, it’s just not quite there”) because most of her music doesn’t live up to her great potential as a singer. Period.

    Exactly.
    —-

    Angeleno: “Taylor also gets a free pass on her material.

    Please read the archives.
    —-

    Angeleno: “But they happily hammer away at Carrie because she’s not country enough.

    Has anything about Carrie not being country enough been mentioned on any review on this site? Please quit using the same canned responses that don’t make any sense in the context of our reviews.
    —-

    Stephanie: “This is the kind of review I’ve come to expect from The 9513. The bias here is absolutely ridiculous and uncalled for[…]

    Is there anything Carrie can do that won’t be met with harsh criticism and personal attacks? Why is her loyalty to the genre being questioned…

    Please read the archives.
    —-

    Jon: “I just don’t like it when the a personal dislike about someone can be written, embellished with big words, and passed off as a review.

    I don’t personally dislike Carrie Underwood. She may not have the most entertaining personality, but I think her demeanor is a breath of fresh air for someone in her position.
    —-

    Jake: “Yep, no one here ever criticizes Taylor Swift.

    Please read the archives.
    —-

    Matt C: “I must congratulate Jon for being the first to realize that I was, indeed, asked to leave The 9513 because of my excessive praise for Carrie Underwood.

    Haha, thanks. I don’t think the conspiracy theorists need any more food for their fodder.
    —-

    007: “9513 know for its constint complaining of lack of traditionalisim

    Really now?
    —-

    northtexas: “Interesting reaction to this review from the moderator of the Pulse Music Board

    I’ve always respected her well-reasoned responses, but she’s directed various attacks at The 9513 in a few different places now.
    —-

    northtexas: “Amazing, 135 posts already! Love Carrie or hate her is their anyone else in country music who can generate such a lengthy and heated discussion?

    I don’t know how long the 9513 has been around but I wonder if there was this much interest and controversy over Shania.

    We weren’t around for Shania, but I pulled up the numbers and here are the top 5 commented on articles not including live blogs:

    1. Buddy Jewell – “This Ain’t Mexico”
    2. Carrie Underwood – “Just A Dream”
    3. Kristy Lee Cook – “15 Minutes of Shame”
    4. Taylor Swift – “Love Story”
    5. Carrie Underwood – “I Told You So”
  164. Brody Vercher
    February 2, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Behold the power of the thumb.

  165. vp
    February 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Nice rebutle. Thouroughly enjoyed!

  166. Troy
    February 2, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Stormy none of Carrie song on CR charted on the AC charts.

  167. Billy
    February 2, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Troy: I thought that So Small charted, I hear it on the AC station here quite regularly.

  168. northtexas
    February 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Heres a list of her singles and where they charted:

    “Inside Your Heaven” Cntry(52) USPOP(1) AC(12)
    “Jesus, Take the Wheel” Cntry(1) USPOP(36) AC(23)
    “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” Cntry(2) USPOP(77) AC(-)
    “Before He Cheats” Cntry(1) USPOP(9) AC(6)
    “Wasted” Cntry(1) USPOP(54) AC(-)
    “So Small” Cntry(1) USPOP(23) AC(-)
    “All-American Girl” Cntry(1) USPOP(50) AC(-)
    “Last Name” Cntry(1) USPOP(37) AC(-)
    “Just a Dream” Cntry(1) USPOP(-) AC(-)
    “I Told You So” *Cntry(22) USPOP(-) AC(-)
    * Current single

  169. J.R. Journey
    February 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I hope everyone takes the time to read Brady’s response above before posting again …

  170. Stormy
    February 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    VP: Why does she deserve time to grow and learn NOW? If she wasn’t ready to be a singer, why did she not sign a development deal?

  171. vp
    February 2, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Stormy please everyone hear knows she is good/great enough to make albums, I was just stating that she will grow with the more experience she gets. Let’s see you go from a college student, to super stardom in a matter of a year, having expectations to live up to, people constintly bashing you, wondering if you are the real deal. Not many could handle that and she did with grace and has proven herself as an artist but as an artist they all have room to grow or they would all just get boring.

  172. ALJID
    February 2, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “VP: Why does she deserve time to grow and learn NOW? If she wasn’t ready to be a singer, why did she not sign a development deal?”

    While Carrie’s not allowed time to grow, you allow Swift to mold because she still has to measure. There seems to be no justice here…

  173. Stormy
    February 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I certainly do allow Swift time to mold. She would have more value as penecillian than as a singer. What does Taylor’s complete lack of singing abiliy have to do with Carrie’s complete inabilty to sell the emotions of a song? The world is big enough for both Taylor and Carrie to be bad in their own unique and snowflake-like way.

    VP: A good number of people are young when they start singing and don’t use it as an excuse for a creative void.

  174. Troy
    February 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Stormy every singer in country music has room the grow as an artists.

    northtexas some hearts was also a single but only was released to AC and i think pop.

  175. Stormy
    February 2, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Troy: I know. Its just that some of them don’t have so much growing to do before they are good and interesting.

  176. Troy
    February 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I’m not sure how much a development deal would help someone. I thought it was just to wait till the singers becomes technically proficient.

  177. Stormy
    February 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Or artistically good.

  178. Razor X
    February 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    That would be a very long wait.

  179. ALJID
    February 2, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I think as a country artist this is what you have to do to get noticed by the bloggers in this site:

    1. You must have a record contract bought by any of your wealthy parents. But that’s not really the case for most struggling artist. Also, never enter American Idol or any reality show contest to get a record deal. Your artistry is automatically dismissed and you’ll be labeled as ROBOT and overrated.

    2. Your target audience must be the teens. Any age higher than that demographic will cause your album to get 1 over 5 stars. Or even zero.

    3. Write songs about young puppy love gone bad, fairy tales or any story that young mothers read for their children before they go to sleep.
    Use a lot of symbolism even if it all ends up messing the lyrics. At least, you’ve got something to say and you will be labeled the Golden Pen.

    3. Use auto-tuning tools when recording an album to cover up vocal flaws. Nobody’s perfect according to Hannah Montana.

    4. Since your album was produced with a lot of auto-tuners your live vocal performances will of course be disasters in epic proportions.
    But don’t worry, you can use a lot of stage props to cover it up and do a lot of dress-change during the performance. Bob your head when singing to show you’re enjoying the whole thing. If people blog about your horrid voice, you can always blog at your myspace that you were sick, your dress weighed you down, the microphone was screechy, you were nervous, etc. Besides singing off-key means vulnerability and emotion. You also got something to sing and that counts for something.

    5. Never become a technically proficient singer because that is so wrong. Your great voice takes away the emotion of the songs. If you happen to emulate McBride, Hill or Underwood then your future is doomed. Buy Hannah Montana CDs to know the dos and don’ts of off-key singing.

    6. Remix your country singles to pop and run around pop stations to promote your album. Don’t forget MTV, TRL and VH1. Blatantly promote your supposed
    country album into the pop market. You’ve got something to say so your critics will shut their mouth.

  180. Razor X
    February 3, 2009 at 12:39 am

    That’s a bit over the top, Aljid, wouldn’t you say?

  181. ALJID
    February 3, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Razor X said, “That’s a bit over the top, Aljid, wouldn’t you say?”

    Try this one. This is what Jim Malec had to say to defend his fave artist, “Taylor Swift may be a crappy singer, but at least I feel like she has something to say. She has a story she’s trying to tell. Underwood? Not so much. And, in Swift’s case, that counts for something.”

    She only had something to say and boom. Her sub par vocals, disastrous live performances and pop remixes are forgotten. Mine may be over the top. But his is bordering on the illegal.

  182. Razor X
    February 3, 2009 at 5:07 am

    One person’s opinion and there’s nothing illegal about that. Try to keep things in perspective. Why do you care so much about what someone else thinks, anyway? I don’t always agree with the reviews here but I don’t go on rant about it for days when one of my favorite artists gets a negative rating.

  183. Jim Malec
    February 3, 2009 at 8:20 am

    @ALJID: Do you have any idea how hilarious your 11:01 comment is? If not, let me tell you–there are legions of The 9513 readers out there laughing out loud right now–especially at this one: “Remix your country singles to pop and run around pop stations to promote your album. Don’t forget MTV, TRL and VH1. Blatantly promote your supposed country album into the pop market.

    Yes, because all of our readers know how much we love pop country.

  184. Stormy
    February 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    ALJID:
    How does Neko Case fit any of that criteria?

  185. Troy
    February 3, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I have figured out while during a Carrie Underwood topic Taylor Swift gets brought into the conversation. Comparisons are easily made once you’ve had a taste of perfection.

  186. ALJID
    February 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    To JIM MALEC:
    Why don’t you answer a question that has been bothering some of us? Why didn’t you slam Swift for her pop remixes while you question Carrie’s loyalty to the genre? Why do you always slam Carrie’s voice which according to your majesty is just karaoke and love Taylor’s “vulnerable” vocals (in our words that would have been horrid)? I wonder if you are related to Swift because you are always quick to defend her each time we compare her to Underwood…

  187. Troy
    February 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    ALJID why must Taylor Swift be slammed for pop remixes and don’t say because others before her have its a new time in country music.

    TS vocals on white horse on the cd sound good. The review doesn’t take account of live performances because that not wants going to be on the radio.

  188. ALJID
    February 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    TROY Taylor’s vocal on the CD for the single White Horse may have sounded good but you have to admit that it’s not “real” in the sense that it was accompanied by auto-tuners. That’s why I think her vocals on the second CD did not improve. Better auto-tuners improved her voice. Try hearing her live and you know what I mean. I don’t hate Taylor. In fact Love Story keeps playing in my mind even if I don’t want to because she has catchy songs. I’m just disappointed to the heavens because she couldn’t match her recorded versions with her live performances. And to think about what JIM said that she’s better than Underwood because she’s got a story she’s trying to tell makes my stomach turn. Duh, her stories are generic but still they are catchy. If this site said Miranda Lambert is overrated(where in the world did they get that idea from?) then what about Swift? I think it’s because she’s young. Had she been 25 years old or something she would have been slaughtered…Or maybe I really don’t know….

  189. Stormy
    February 3, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Troy: Also because Taylor is the only other country singer many of her fansd have heard of…..

  190. Francesca
    February 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    The biggest insult yet is that Taylor just scored the last “country?” performance at the Grammys despite not being a nominee, and Trisha Yearwood was snubbed despite having 3 nominations. In fact, she is performing with Miley Cyrus, so it will be even a bigger train wreck then usual. She is not even a nominee for a single grammy, nor is miley. They are part of the Disney Trifecta (jonas brothers make up the last spot) that the grammys producers pulled in to increase ratings by getting the teens to watch… but what they are doing is annoying everyone else.

    It is grossly unfair to allow someone who doesn’t even have a Grammy nomination, to perform over Trisha Yearwood, who has 3 nominations including Country Album of the year.

    Trisha needs to dump Big Machine ASAP. She got 3 grammy nominations, yet Taylor gets to perform.
    That is unbelievable, and a huge insult to Trisha.

    After Taylor’s horrendous performance butchering Brenda Lee’s song at the grammy nomination’s concert, I thought they would be smart and never invite her to perform again. I guess we are not so lucky.

    The Grammys have turned into the Disney Channel, and are a complete joke. They have lost all credibility in my eyes.

  191. J.R. Journey
    February 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    ALJID: Please see Brady’s comment above – Feb. 2, 8:24 AM.

  192. ALJID
    February 3, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    To J.R. JOURNEY, I read the archives but I couldn’t find a single thread discussing Taylor Swift’s loyalty to the genre, her pop remixes and why she was given a free pass by country radio and this site. Maybe I was too blind to see them so please give me a link…

  193. Jim Malec
    February 4, 2009 at 8:27 am

    “Why don’t you answer a question that has been bothering some of us?”

    OK.

    “Why didn’t you slam Swift for her pop remixes”

    Because I don’t care if she remixes her songs.

    “…while you question Carrie’s loyalty to the genre?”

    Can you provide me an example a time I’ve questioned Underwood’s loyalty to the genre?

    “Why do you always slam Carrie’s voice”

    Actually, I’m pretty sure that I always PRAISE Underwood’s voice–I sometimes “slam” her singing. There is a difference between her voice and her singing. I quite like her voice.

    “which according to your majesty is just karaoke and love Taylor’s “vulnerable” vocals (in our words that would have been horrid)?”

    I don’t “love” Swift’s vocals. As I’ve pointed out time and time again, Swift is not a great singer by any stretch of the word.

    “I wonder if you are related to Swift because you are always quick to defend her each time we compare her to Underwood…”

    Are you serious?

  194. Francesca(andallyourothernames)=tsharky
    February 4, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Can you PLEASE SHUT UP about Taylor?! Can’t you have a conversation without mentioning her for once? You sound completely insane and you make all Carrie fans look like raging lunatics.

  195. sportsgirl
    February 4, 2009 at 9:17 am

    i am a die hard carrie fan, and i agree with the review by 9513 about I Told You So. The End.

  196. ALJID
    February 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “Can you PLEASE SHUT UP about Taylor?! Can’t you have a conversation without mentioning her for once? You sound completely insane and you make all Carrie fans look like raging lunatics.”

    I’m not FRANCESCA. Period. The site members can prove that.

    SPORTSGIRL was quite funny….

  197. Chris D.
    February 5, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Wow, I completely forgot to check the comments of this post until yesterday. Looks like I missed a whole lot! xD

    I like this song, but it’s still not that great. She could have done way better, but settled for this. I wish she would just not scream stuff…

  198. Razor X
    February 5, 2009 at 7:46 am

    “Looks like I missed a whole lot!”

    Not really, Chris. Just the usual diatribe from the S’Carrie fans that results every time it’s pointed out that their Goddess is less than perfect.

  199. Kim
    February 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Right on Razor. There is nothing being said here that hasn’t been said a hundred times…she has a great voice, but screams at times, lacks interpretation, the song is good for now but forgettable tomorrow, she has great potential as a country crossover, but traditional my ass, she can do no wrong to her fans so obviously she stays on top, her hair is beautiful, she’s supposedly dating (insert millionaire’s name here), she’s so down home, she must be real country because she says so…

  200. Kim
    February 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    oh wait forgot oh-so-humble, is kept on a tight leash, always knows exactly when to cry must be talented because Simon said…

  201. ALJID
    February 6, 2009 at 6:52 am

    KIM, you must have known Carrie your whole life to attack her with so many personal insults. You don’t know her her personally so shut up bout anything concerning her personality in rel life. RAZOR X, our ‘goddess’ isn’t perfect. Because if she is, then she wouldn’t have any room for improvement and I would definitely stop liking her.

    Carrie screaming her songs? You don’t know the definition of that till you watch our shows here. I’m from the Philippines and yeah, most of our female artists here are screamers instead of singers. You’ll notice that Carrie’s screaming in your ears is just a plain whisper when you compare her. Try searching these names on Youtube—Regine Velasquez, Kyla, Jonalyn Viray, Jaya, Rachelle Anne Go and Sarah Geronimo. And then watch how screaming songs are done. At least I’ve given you an example. And that’s why I like Carrie Underwood even if I’m from the other side of the world….

  202. Kaci
    February 6, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Wow. I just read all these responses and even took the time to read Brad’s rebuttal and I was struck by one thing in particular; the carrie fans are super defensive and angry.

    On the subject of Taylor’s review something stood out to me; when Taylor gets a bad review her fans actually tend to agree with the review instead of attacking the reviewer and claiming bias.

    Carrie is a brilliant vocalist. No one with ears could deny her gift. But, like the review said, she lacks an emotional connection to the material she’s singing, with the exception of Just A Dream and even the song I Know you Won’t. Carrie seems to be a paint by numbers type of singer. It’s all very formula driven which leaves the listener feeling rather uninspired and empty after hearing a song which should deliver a big emotional payoff.

    I wish Carrie would learn to sing in a more subtle manner. She’s proven she can belt but she’s yet to prove that she can, with consistentsy, show emotion through quiet refrain. Now, if Carrie can master that, she really will become a country legend.

  203. Matthew
    February 6, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Emotional connection to a song is subjective. While one listener may not feel anything when she sing another might. In your and the reviewers opinion, she is emotionally lacking when it comes to her singing. I have the opposite opinion. Doesn’t make you wrong or me right. We all just have to agree to disagree.

  204. AtlantaFan
    February 9, 2009 at 9:24 am

    The 9513 review is fair. I am neither a Carrie-lover nor a Carrie-hater. I have always liked the song “I Told You So”, so I won’t turn off the radio when I hear Carrie sing it. But Carrie has not “improved” the original, so the version I will always remember will be Travis’.

    One more thing – She does have screaming moments in this song as well as her others. I can’t explain why it bothers me more with her music than say Trisha or Martina, but it does.

  205. northtexas
    February 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Only 5th week on the charts and already up to #15.

    TW LW
    15 18 5 CARRIE UNDERWOOD I TOLD YOU SO
    19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 15.663 +2.480 2278 17

  206. Jay
    February 18, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I just stumbled on this site, so I can’t say that I’ve really seen bias; however, after reading the review I glanced at the comments, and so after reading through every single comment, I’ve decided that I should make a comment of my own.

    In order to reduce questions of my own bias, I will say that I am a fan of Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and I think that both of whom are cute, so yes I am somewhat personally biased towards both women.

    I personally found I Told You So to be a good song, sung well by someone with a good voice. I think that the album on a whole is listenable, but it is not exactly great. The CD has some good songs like I Told You So, So Small, I Know You Won’t, and Wheel of the World; however, the rest of these songs are either good songs that don’t seem to really work with Carrie’s voice or songs that don’t lyrically match up to her potential.

    Don’t get me wrong, or think that I’m a Carrie Hater, but this album was nothing special beyond the songs mentioned. I can say that seeing her live I know that she IS a tremendous singer who is really good now and may become great in years to come.

    As for the original article, I would have to disagree, I think that Carrie’s voice blends beautifully with the instrumentation, I do not think that she yells or forces the song, to me it sounds as though she is just singing the song the way that she feels it. I do not think that she is detached from the song in any way, even though she dosen’t move me like Patsy Cline could. Contrary to the author of the peice above, I think that the band plays the music just right for her singing, and is fits the song perfectly. I honestly think that Carrie has a great voice and uses it well.

    In response to the other commenters on this page I would like to say that Martina McBride is the greatest female vocalist in all of modern music so please (not saying that you have) don’t say that she is unattached or that she cannot sing, Trisha and Patty are also great singers so do not drag them down in this fight.

    In regard to the on going struggle of Underwood vs Swift, I want to ask what one really has to do with the other, they are both independent artists with unique sounds. I think that if fans are drawn to one of Taylor’s songs over one of Carrie’s songs or vice versa it only means that they perfer one song to the other and that it is up to the fans to decide.

    I personally can’t say that I dislike any of Taylor’s songs although her second CD took some time for me to like it. As for her live performance, I did see her when she was just an opening act but I noticed that the band was too loud for her to be heard clearly. I am willing to defend ocasional vocal problems in her live performances, especially those that are televised because I understand how distracting the smoke, lights, and cameras can be. I think that she does have a good and strong voice; however she can and hopefully will get better in time. As an aside, if you are going to say that Swift’s voice on records is modefied I would like to know how it is that you verify that claim. As I said I believe that Swift has a good voice but she often gets distracted from using it to its fullest.

    To address the issue of country pop cross over hits, be they from Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, or Taylor Swift, I just would like to know what the problem is when pop fans actually decide to like something half decent. I understand fully ther anger of betrayal felt when artists remix songs to have cross over success, but I am more disappointed by the divisive world of music today, where radio stations are divided into categories keeping musical styles seperate. Threre was a time when a good song was plaid by any station because it was good not because of a genre listing. In those days people could listen to George Jones, Merel Haggard, Elvis, Connway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap and Bruce Springstein on the same station; people appreciated good music even if the sound was a little different than something else, and no songs HAD to be remixed or adjusted just to get airplay on POPular radio. Its a shame that none play them like that any more.

    ————————————————–
    I also have a theory as to why some on the business end of country music may want to tout Swift (not saying that anyone is) as THE great new voice in country music and at times give her more credit than she may deserve for one of two reasons, either they want to change the direction of country music all together or they want to attract the non-country portion of her fan base towards country music.
    ————————————————–

    In any case, I believe:
    1. The review above was incorrect to disqualify Carrie’s vocal abilities and the peaceful instrumentals that gentelly pull you into a powerful song, that is not at all over done.

    2. The commentors above are wrong to attack Taylor Swift when she has nothing to do with the piece, wether or not she needs to make improvements if she wants to continue to be successful.

    3. Radio stations should get back to playing all good music no matter who makes it or what style it is.

    4. This comment section is much more interesting than the piece itself, and

    5. Both Taylor and Carrie are good singers with their own good and bad qualitites that will continue to contribute to their successes or lack there of, and neither one has to be fought for to prove that one is better. {If you like one of them better than the other, just listen to her music, there is no need to attack the other . This goes for those who write comments, as well as those who write the articles}

    That is all I have to offer to this conversation/fight, so I am going to stop reading these reviews and get back to enjoying some good old George Strait.

  207. Kim
    February 18, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    If you will read what I said Ajhid, I said that nothing was being said here that hasn’t been said before. Meaning, all of what I said previously was a reiteration of the general perception of Carrie. I was not bashing her personally. I didn’t once call into question her moral, behavior or anything like that. I am just sick to death of all her fans their attitude towards people who are not impressed with her. I was talking about what everyone else talks about. and there are other posters on her that did trash her, why don’t you address them?

  208. ALJID
    February 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    “oh wait forgot oh-so-humble, is kept on a tight leash, always knows exactly when to cry must be talented because Simon said…”

    KIM, I’m not stupid OK. But how should those words supposed to mean? Carrie on leash with Simon holding her neck telling her when to cry because she’s talented. WOW that was not so personal.

  209. Chick Singer
    March 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Ok… let’s get down to the nutcut. Taylor Swift is a joke. She couldn’t sing her way out of a wet paper bag in a live performance. Carrie Underwood, certainly can and does that on a regular basis. Let’s take Jessica Simpson on this little ride with us… She’s a joke as a singer much less as one to have grace enough to attempt country music. Swift and Simpson both pretty much make me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit everytime they put on a live performance. Personally, I’ve been in a live band since I was 16 years old. NO! I do not claim to be the best. I am fortunate enough to have several local awards under my belt. And I am highly reguarded in my community. I will never be (and happy to say so) a superstar, such as these young ladies. But I know what I hear. And I know that those of you downing Carrie Underwood need some serious help with your hearing aids! That kind of power only exists in the First Ladies of country music ie: Barbara Mandrell, Patsy Cline, Reba, Tammy Wynette, Martina McBride etc. (I could list a million of them, but those are my favorites). Underwood is the future of country music. Get over it. If you don’t like it, don’t listen. Yes, I know, your opinion matters but you can’t actually sit there and say she’s not a talented person. She is… and top notch in my book. Leave the girl alone…. let her do her thing. She’s an amazing performer. Swift, Simpson…. ugh! Please!

  210. Karen
    March 20, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Well, Anybody see the Carrie Underwood/Randy Travis duet on AI? Loved it. Two thumbs up for me :D

  211. Stella
    March 20, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    The whole Taylor Swift/Jessica simpson issue should not have anything to do with Carrie. She isn’t the only country singer out there and it’s all about opinions. One may think that Taylor is better then Carrie or vice versa but who really cares. If you love the artist then that’s that why insult another because they are doing better or worse? it’s so silly!

  212. jennystonedeaf
    March 28, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I’ve read all your review, and all the good review came from Matt C. And now he is gone. Come on guys get real, I am not a fan of carrie but it seems to me the9513 is a bunch of carrie haters and taylorswift lover.

    Poor carrie, she doesn’t deserve this. But then again because of you guys, I think I am gong to buying her album. And I have already download her song I Told You So from I tunes.

  213. jennystonedeaf
    March 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I wonder what would happened in the9513 if Carrie wins the ACM Entertainer of the year.

    Hmmm… let me guess
    1. Jim Malec would cry for a week
    2. Brady would eat everything until she gain 50 pounds
    3. the rest will cursed carrie for a year
    That’s my guess
    tell me yours

  214. jennystonedeaf
    March 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Teen Choice Awards Choice Reality Star – female
    Billboard Music Awards Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year: “Inside Your Heaven”
    Top-Selling Country Single: “Inside Your Heaven”
    Country Single Sales Artist of the Year
    Gospel Music Association Awards Country Recorded Song of the Year: “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
    CMT Music Awards Female Video Of The Year: “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
    Breakthrough Video of the Year: “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
    Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Female Vocalist of the Year
    Single Record of the Year: “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
    NARP organization of record retail merchants Breakthrough Country Artist
    Music Row Critics Pick
    Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
    Horizon Award
    12th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Mainstream Country Artist of the Year
    American Music Awards Favorite New Breakthrough Artist
    Billboard Music Awards Female Country Artist of the Year
    Album of the Year
    Country Album of the Year
    Country New Artist of the Year
    Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year
    Canadian Country Music Awards SOCAN Song of the Year: “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
    Worf Music Awards Female Act of the year
    New Act of the year
    Album of the year for “Some Hearts”
    Best Female Country Video of the year for “Jesus, Take the Wheel”

    33rd People’s Choice Awards Favorite Country Song: “Before He Cheats”
    Favorite Female Singer
    Grammy Awards Best New Artist
    Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
    CMT Music Awards Video of the Year: “Before He Cheats”
    Female Video of the Year: “Before He Cheats”
    Academy of Country Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
    Album of The Year: “Some Hearts”
    Video of The Year: “Before He Cheats”
    Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
    Single Of The Year: “Before He Cheats”
    American Music Awards Favorite Country Female Artist
    Favorite Country Album: “Some Hearts”
    T-Mobile Text-In Award (Artist of the Year)
    Billboard Music Awards Female Country Artist of the Year
    Country Album for “Some Hearts”
    Country Artist of the Year
    Female Billboard 200 Artist of the Year
    Country Albums Artist of the Year
    Worf Music Awards Best Country Female Video for “Before He Cheats”
    Best Contemporary Album for “Carnival Ride”
    Grammy Awards Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “Before He Cheats”
    Academy of Country Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
    European Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
    Teen Choice Awards Red Carpet Fashion Icon
    Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
    American Music Awards Favorite Country Album: “Carnival Ride”
    Billboard Music Awards Country Songs Artist of the Year
    CMT Online Awards Most Digitally Active Female Artist
    Most Streamed Country Song of the Year: “All-American Girl”
    35th People’s Choice Awards Favorite Country Song: “Last Name”
    Favorite Female Artist
    Favorite Star 35 and Under
    Country Universe Reader’s Choice Awards Artist of the Year
    Female Vocalist of the Year
    Single of the Year- “Just a Dream”
    Music Video of the Year- “Just a Dream”
    Member of the Grand Ole Opry

    I probably have missed a few of Carrie’s Honors!

  215. Kaleigh
    March 29, 2009 at 4:34 am

    My problems with Carrie Underwood have nothing to do with her talent (or in the opinion of some, lack thereof)

    She is a perfectly capable singer.

    She is also heartless.

    It doesn’t just come across in her style of singing.. it comes across in the songs she chooses to sing.. and if you believe she writes her own music, the songs she chooses to write.

    Personally I hate the song Just A Dream even though it seems to be quite popular.. mostly because she has never experienced what she is singing about and I know it for a fact.. she doesnt wake up with a knot in the pit of her stomach every day praying that what happens in that song doesn’t actually happen to her.

    I think she is a greedy fame seeker… I don’t think it is about loving what she does…

    That is what I hate about her.

  216. Corbin
    March 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I thought her version of this at the Opry was amazing and she really puts feeling into it, for her. The album version not so much an she does oversing it. I just pray it doesn’t get to the point as I fear it is with Randy’s appearance on Idol where Carrie gets accolades because she recorded a great song just to get “country cred.” Randy is amazing and the song is great. I believe she really does admire him and recorded the song because of it, and I hope her label doesn’t push this the wrong way.
    I had front row center seats to Randy last week and, though I know he can’t sing like he used to, he gave the song all he had and it was amazing.
    It also saddens me to no end that most people will think this is a Carrie original, which Randy said happens to him. First time I heard this song on my girlfriend’s Carrie CD I almost crapped my pants. I was 6 months old when the original peaked but of course I knew right away it was Randy’s song.
    Though if everyone who listens to country radio was as obsessed with real country as I am the radio would be much better to listen to. At least Oklahoma has a few stations that play some real country.

  217. ARW
    April 3, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Let’s see…this site’s authors think Miley is “exceptionally talented” and Carrie “karaoke.”

    Nope. No bias on here.

  218. CODi GONZAlES
    April 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    i think that this song is aamzingg i love randys version but i also love carries. they are both amazingg.(; she did very well on this songg she blows me away and i like the fact that she sings it with her own poise. and she puts her own feelings in what she does./
    great job carrie underwood[=

  219. Meagan
    April 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I think she has a good “voice”. But Carrie needs to go see Jennifer Nettles and get some lessons on singing a song with emotion and really feeling the music.

    All of Carrie Underwoods songs sound the same to me. It is sad because the lyrics were so good, just no emotion.

    She never would have made it in Country Radio had it not been for American Idol.

  220. Dan E.
    January 31, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Great job Carrie for getting a Grammy with this beautiful song!

  221. Carlie
    May 31, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t know why The 9513 bothers to write a review about Carrie’s singles.
    She’s released ONE single that they’ve ever given a “Thumbs-Up” to, and they even dissed the song then, too (“Just a Dream”).

    The writers at The 9513 are biased and ignorant because they’ve never given a decent word towards Carrie except for how “her voice is bombastic and fantastic”. Jim Malec and Judi Thanki, to be specific, have slammed her in any review they’ve given her.
    Honestly, if you don’t like her, don’t review her. Carrie can do just fine without these idiots’ pointless and moronic words.

  222. Ben Foster
    June 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

    For the record, not ALL of Taylor’s songs have gotten thumbs-up from the 9513.

    Check out Matt C.’s review of “Should’ve Said No.” It’s way meaner than anything they ever wrote about Carrie.
    http://www.the9513.com/taylor-swift-shouldve-said-no/

  223. Ben Foster
    June 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    @Carlie
    The critics review just about anything that comes their way, regardless of whether or not they like it. What would be the point of reviewing only our favorite songs? Then it would be thumbs-up all around. That would be boring for me, because I also want to hear why certain songs miss the mark. I don’t just want to hear people drool over their favorites.

    The reviewers express an opinion, and explain what caused them to form that opinion. They judge all songs by the same standard, regardless of who sings them. It’s Carrie’s own fault if she has failed to live up to that standard time and time again. It doesn’t just mean that the reviewers are being mean. Anyway, it’s definitely not fair to start flinging around words like “biased,” “pointless,” “moronic,” and “idiots,” just because someone expresses an opinion that differs from yours. That’s much meaner than giving a thumbs-down

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