Carrie Underwood – “Undo It”
Songwriters: Carrie Underwood, Kara DioGuardi, Martin Frederiksen and Luke Laird.
With “Temporary Home,” Carrie Underwood proved herself to be a pretty good songwriter. Of course, that doesn’t mean everything that comes out of her pen is a gem. For every “Golden Ring,” there’s an “I Wanna Talk About Me.” “Undo It,” the weakest song from Play On is definitely closer to the latter.
The song begins quite nicely, with Underwood backed by guitar and fiddle as she begins her tale of woe, singing “I should’ve known by the way you passed me by/There was something in your eyes and it wasn’t right.” Once the chorus comes around, however, the song quickly derails, transforming into a third-rate tune from Kelly Clarkson’s reject pile thanks in part to a bombastic, overly loud arrangement that nearly drowns out the vocals.
She tries her damndest to sell deeply stupid lyrics “You stole my happy, you made me cry/Took the lonely and took me for a ride;” unfortunately, there isn’t a singer alive who can polish that turd. Seriously, “you stole my happy?” Why is she singing in LOLcat? Did the woman in this song get dumped in favor of someone who knows the difference between adjectives and nouns? The lyric “I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it” is the icing on the inanity cake, but it’s Carrie Underwood: everything she touches turns to platinum. This song’s quality—or lack of it—won’t slow its success at all.
Although the lyrics aren’t anything special, Underwood’s delivery of them is. She sounds as though she’s barely restraining her anger, both at the man who’s treated her bad and at herself for allowing somebody to treat her that way. Underwood is an incredibly talented singer, able to convey both the emotion required on serious songs such as “Mama’s Song” and the double barreled sassiness required for songs like “Before He Cheats.” She’s proven that she can do so much better than this as a songwriter. Undo it? Yes, please.
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