Thursday, April 15, 2010

Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"

Oh, Carrie, Carrie, Carrie. You won American Idol. You're a member of the Grand Ole Opry. You've won Grammy Awards, CMAs, and ACMs. You have become one of only a few women to win the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award, forever linking your name with those of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Shania Twain, and the Dixie Chicks. There's no denying the fact that you are a talented young woman with an awesome voice. Why would you waste that voice on a piece of fluff like this?

"Undo It" gets off to a promising start at the beginning, with a fiddle intro and opening verse that actually managed to grab my attention. But then the chorus rolls around, and the song goes down the toilet. Carrie is nearly drowned out by the overblown production. Don't get me started on the lyrics, which are downright ridiculous. "You stole my happy/ You made me cry/ Took the lonely and took me for a ride" - that does not make one bit of sense. Carrie might not be the grammar geek that I am, but any idiot should know the difference between adjectives and nouns. I still can't figure out what "Took the lonely and took me for a ride" is supposed to mean, or how this guy managed to steal her happy and take her lonely. I can't even see why any artist would pick this song out of some songwriter's portfolio, but even more surprising is the fact that Carrie actually wrote these bad lyrics with the help of a team of co-writers that includes Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. It seems her co-writers have not done her any favors.

One good thing about "Undo It" is that Carrie's vocal performance meets her usual standards. She pours a great deal of emotion and fury into this song, even though the song hardly deserves it. But when a song is this stupid and meaningless, there's not much anyone can do to save it. Not even the amazing Carrie Underwood can sell such an absurd set of lyrics. Overall, this is one of the dumbest songs Carrie Underwood has ever released. She needs to "uh...uh-uh-uh...uh-undo it"!

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