Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits: Decade #1
So, Carrie Underwood. She’s that country singing warbler from America right? Well, kind of. Let’s list her achievements in her first ten years in the business: four number one albums (all multi-platinum); inducted into the Grand Ole Opry; six Grammys; sixteen Billboard Music Awards; eleven Academy of Country Music Awards; eight American Music Awards, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Oh, and Time Magazine has named her as one of the “100 most influential people in the world”. There’s more, but you get the point. Not bad for someone who got a start by winning American Idol.
Greatest Hits: Decade #1 celebrates that fairytale rise. The double disc takes all the number one songs from her four albums and adds a sprinkling of outtakes and new songs. The first thing to note is that the pacing is off slightly: heavy on the ballads to start with it, things don't really get going until ‘Wasted’, halfway through the first disc. New tracks ‘Something In The Water’ and ‘Little Toy Guns’ kick off a bit and are great as a result. What’s most noticeable is that the best songs are (co)written by Underwood herself: ‘Last Name’, ‘Cowboy Casanova’, ‘Two Black Cadillacs’ - rocking, upbeat, fun and clever. Let's hope that over the next decade this Oklahoma girl trusts herself a little more.