Sunday, November 13, 2005

Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride cd reviews!

Martina McBride/ Timeless

After listening to this album, the only thing I wonder is: Is classic country music that lame? I’m no big fan of country music, and I only picked this up for a try because of her music video ‘Gods Will’ (make no sense, I know, but that video, which I first saw on VH1, should be the ultimate fall video. It’s got everything: beautiful woods with leaves falling down to the streams, Martina sitting on a bench, and kids in Halloween costumes!) 18 tracks, 18 classic country songs she chose to cover. The album has a fair share between the honky-tonk-attitude songs and the drowsy, mournful ones. It sounds just the way you expect a classic country record should sound like, except the extra cheesy additional background vocals. Martina does possess a beautiful voice, but half of the tracks are just predictable and…old (good example for bad word use right there). Nothing’s really special to dive you deep into the tunes and lyrics. There are a few outstanding ones, though, all heartfelt and melodious, all about love. I’m with a generation that can’t really get into this kind of stuff, but I know the grannies would just love this record, they’re gonna listen to it all day and rock their chairs. Are you one of them? ;-)

Rating: 2,5/5 stars
Trackworthy: I'll Be There , (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden, Once A Day, Pick Me Up On Your Way Down, True Love Ways, Make The World Go Away.

Carrie Underwood/ Some Hearts

The fourth American Idol’s debut has arrived, in country format. This time it’s different, because Carrie put soul, stories, and moral lessons into her music. And I must admit this album is a pretty darn impressive work. No single song really sucks, and Carrie’s got a golden chance to show off her vocal skills in every single track. The most rewarding point is that the record doesn’t try to be your typical, boring country record. It’s got a more pop rock vibe to it and is aimed more at the hip young crowd. That’s great news, ‘cause I was rooting for her when she was still a contestant of American Idol. The lyrics are all adult comtempopary materials, and she even mentions her experience with transforming from a country town girl to a national singing sensation in ‘Don't Forget To Remember Me’ and ‘I Ain't In Checotah Anymore’. The only problem is that her voice is not so distinctive, it’s like a blend between Kelly Clarkson and Faith Hill, she should work more on that. However, this album is a surprisingly pleasant listen, if you had voted for her, go buy it, you’ll be happy to know she doesn’t let her fans down, at all.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Trackworthy: Wasted, Don't Forget To Remember Me, Some Hearts, Jesus, Take The Wheel, Before He Cheats, I Ain't In Checotah Anymore, Inside Your Heaven.

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