Carrie Underwood is Ready for Decade Number Two with “Storyteller”

Carrie Underwood Storyteller album cover

Storyteller is possibly the most well rounded album Carrie Underwood has put out, and it’s a great way to start her second decade in country music.

The first thing noticed is her voice. It’s always been powerful, but there’s also a sense of renewal felt as well, especially on the opener “Renegade Runaway.” It’s almost as if that little break she took did a lot of good. There’s a renewed confidence in a lot of her songs like “Dirty Laundry” and “Church Bells” (the latter has an early kick drum beat so loud it made this reporter jump while driving). There’s a certain swagger to the more upbeat songs that says she’s ready for more.

With those upbeat songs are new sounds, especially on “Choctaw County Affair” where ¬†there’s a little more rawness than we’re used to hearing from her. The mix of soulful background singers, southern-fried guitar, and harmonica give it a nice down home feel with a little bit of dirt added in.

Then there’s the more sentimental songs, which she never fails to deliver on. Most notable are “Heartbeat” with background vocals by Sam Hunt, and ¬†“Like I’ll Never Love You Again,” which is very calm and simple.

The most notable are the most personal. “The Girl You Think I Am” is a song where she thanks her dad for the love and support over the years, and she ends the album a song for her two special guys in her life called, “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted.” She never she wanted them until they came into her life.

Carrie Underwood’s new chapter is off to a stellar start, and there’s no doubt that she’s turned into one of country music’s premiere storytellers.

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  1.' Heather October 24, 2015

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