Carnival Ride

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Nice-girl country-pop from Idol winner.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some gender stereotypes: Dads only fish and play ball with their sons, etc.

Violence & Scariness

One song references a soldier's funeral, but there's no violent imagery.

Sexy Stuff

The raciest lyric is "It started out 'hey cutie, where you from?' and then it turned into 'oh no, what have I done?'" -- just a little playful innuendo.


A mention of Cuervo tequila.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Last Name" describes a surprising morning after too much tequila.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this American Idol winner's naughtiest lyrics are quite tame. "Last Name" talks about drinking too much tequila, going to bed with someone, and waking up married to them. There are some minor classic stereotypes such as dads going fishing or playing ball with their sons but not their daughters ("All-American Girl").

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 2, 3, 3, 5, and 7-year-old Written byMarshall78 August 15, 2009

Most Requested By My 6 Kids

I love this cd! Evey night my kids (6 Kids) get to vote on what they want to hear and this is one of the most requested.
Adult Written byNintendofan April 9, 2008

Feel good Pop Country blend perfect for the whole family!

This is really a CD you can play with your five-year old in the room without ever feeling embarressed. The lyrics of all the songs are so clean, and some even p... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 February 19, 2011


This is the perfect CD for country music loving tweens. Carrie Underwood is a great model, although the song "Last Name" may be a little iffy. She run... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysoccerplayer17 January 1, 2011
she is a really sweet artist. :)

What's the story?

Diehard fans of Carrie Underwood will enjoy the dreamy, hurt-girl ballads on CARNIVAL RIDE (\"I Know You Won't\" and \"You Won't Find This\"). New listeners are more likely to be charmed by the cleverness of the more playful tunes like \"Last Name,\" a rock-infused romp describing a night of indiscretion in Las Vegas. \"Just A Dream,\" the most poignant and poetic offering, describes a young girl at her soldier-sweetheart's funeral, and might inspire family discussion or offer some comfort to those who've lost loved ones in Iraq.

Is it any good?

Carrie Underwood attacks the 13 slickly produced country-pop confections on Carnival Ride with her usual full-tilt delivery, once again showcasing her strong voice and emotive abilities while leaving little room for subtlety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lyrics of "Just a Dream," which describes the grief of a young woman who has lost her sweetheart to war. Has your family experienced a recent death or tragedy? How do you deal with all the sad, complicated feelings? Do you know anyone with a family member who has been killed in Iraq? How can you help them heal?

Music details

  • Artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Release date: October 23, 2007
  • Label: Arista
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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