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Music review – We see a new side of Carrie Underwood in “Blown Away”

Carrie Underwood has been a mainstay on the country and pop music charts since her rise to fame as quite possibly the most successful winner of American Idol to date.

Her newest release “Blown Away” does feature some classic Carrie elements but also seems to venture into new territory with mixed results. Several songs include some surprisingly electronic beats and some have lyrics of a deeper, darker nature than anything else we’ve seen from Underwood in the past.

The most notable tracks on the album include “See You Again,” “One Way Ticket,” “Do You Think About Me,” Nobody Ever Told You” and “Who Are You.” Between these songs Underwood delivers a little bit of traditional country but mostly a mix of fun and uplifting music and lyrics with a lot of pop.

The lesser quality tracks would have to include “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Thank God For Hometowns” and “Cupid’s Got A Shotgun.” The first has a fairly traditional country vibe but is extremely dark. The other two go the extreme country route as well with the first being too basic and the second coming across a bit cheesey.

The rest of the tracks are pretty decent but nothing outstanding.

All in all, “Blown Away” is probably not one of Underwood’s best efforts but it is still far better than most of the music out there. I would give it a grade of a B-.

Music review – Siobhan Magnus “Moonbaby”

I was a very big fan of Siobhan Magnus when the world was first introduced to her on American Idol. And I always figured it would be no surprise if she went on to do same amazing things in the music industry. With that being said, her debut album “Moonbaby” does provide some quality tracks but also some that lack and real luster.

Magnus’ sound on “Moonbaby” is quite eclectic and ranges from poppy to industrial and in a few cases even features a bit of a retro vibe. Based on our limited knowledge of her personality from the aforementioned American Idol, I would expect nothing less.

What are probably the strongest tracks on the album include the songs “Escape Goat” and “Big Collapse.” The first has the elements of a poppy ballad but with a tough rock edge while the second has features the perfect beat to draw in any eager listener. In addition to these two songs, the cover of SinĂ©ad O’Connor’s epic “Nothing Compares 2 U” certainly does justice to the original.

The weaker tracks on the album include “Little Blue Pill” and “Always Thinking” which struggle with extremely odd visuals and an intense but very much overdone beat respectively.

For the most part, the remaining songs are pretty average overall.

All told, I would give “Moonbaby” a C+ and consider it a fairly good result as far as debut albums go.


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