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Carnival Ride



Nice-girl country-pop from Idol winner.
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What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable

A mention of Cuervo tequila.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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").

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysoccerplayer17 January 1, 2011
she is a really sweet artist. :)
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 runs of and elopes while drinking...but this is still a great pick!
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bybrib89 July 15, 2010
i think it is really good
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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