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CD Review: Carrie Underwood - Storyteller

Carrie Underwood
The Album “Storyteller” consists of 13 songs:
Renegade Runaway, Dirty Laundry, Church Bells, Church Bells, Smoke Break, Choctaw County Affair, Like I'll Never Love You Again, Chaser, Relapse, Clock Don't Stop, The Girl You Think I Am, Mexico, What I Never Knew I Always Wanted

So, what is it about Carrie Underwood’s singing voice that has such a remarkable impact on people of all ages?  She sings with so much emotion and make the music style totally her own which is so beautiful.  Hearing her voice can quickly calm emotions.  Indeed, she’s an amazing vocalist.  Her album “Storyteller”, more than lived up to its name

The opening track “Renegade Runaway” is about a woman who breaks hearts all the time, a lady who leaves pieces wherever she goes.  The song merges the fundamentals of rock and country.  Underwood co-wrote it with Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano.  The pure country “Church Bells” features the Cinderella story, in which a poor, beautiful maiden marries a rich man.  The song started out as a fairy tale romance and ended up with the lady finding herself married to an abusive man.  It details thoughts and feelings at a crucial time in life.  There’s as much as “Jesus Take the Wheel” in this one as much as the lines that say, “Fold your hands and close your eyes.  Yeah, it's all gonna be alright and just listen to the church bells ringing, ringing.  Yeah, they're ringing” carries a powerful message.  When everything is out of control, just leave your burdens at the feet of Jesus and He’ll make a way for you where there seems to be no way.  There is something about the pitch of “Heartbeat” that never fails to tweak my heartstrings.  It has a romantic, rhythmic vibe.  The lyrics, the enchanted sound of the guitar and the kick of the drums somehow tune my heart to sing, "Tonight I want to drive so far we'll only find static on the radio… and we can't see those city lights…and I love the way you look in firefly glow… Saying everything without making a sound…a cricket choir in the background, underneath a harvest moon… Standing on your shoes in my bare feet… Dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat."  It’s a great song.  “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” is deeply personal and is my favorite on the album.  It’s the celebration of love, courtship, marriage and motherhood. 

“Storyteller” is a dramatic, romantic production, stunningly beautiful melodies and a flawless vocal performance.  The songs were sung to perfection by the fiery and gifted artist Carrie Underwood, one of the most awarded singers in any genre of music.                           
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International 
                              

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