A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Blown Away is Carrie Underwood at her best, with strong ballads about love and love gone wrong. Although the lyrics are clean, there are some mature topics like cheating and revenge, so some songs might be better for teens and up.
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Is it any good?
Blown Away is no doubt a stellar album for Underwood, but sometimes the only thing country about the music is her slight, perfected twang. The title track is intense, barely country, with strange, unnecessary digitalizing of Underwood's strong vocals, but the melody and lyrics make it fantastic: "There's not enough rain in Oklahoma to wash the sins out of this house." The second track, "Two Cadillacs," continues the powerhouse vocals we expect and adds some dark lyrics about revenge. With many of the songs written by Underwood, the album shows depth and range for sure, but she still shines when she can belt it out and rip it up. "Forever Changed" and "Do You Think About Me" are sweet ballads that let Underwood show her charm and softer side, while "One Ticket" and "Cupid's Got a Shotgun" provide a little comic relief.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that Carrie Underwood got her start on the reality singing-competition show American Idol. Now she is one of the most successful pop country stars today. Do you think these competition shows are worthwhile and legitimate, or is Underwood just a rare success story?
Underwood often sings about being wronged in relationships, but shows herself as a strong woman. Do you think this sends a positive message to girls? How?
How Carrie Underwood's music differ from other contemporary female artists?