Play On

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Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Queen of country churns out third wholesome CD.

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Positive Messages

Aside from one song that revolves around getting revenge on a bad boyfriend, most of the messages are positive ones -- ranging from encouragement to perform even the smallest acts of kindness, to looking for a romantic partner who treats you right. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Carrie Underwood is arguably the most successful contestant to ever emerge from American Idol, garnering mountains of fame, fans, and money; however, she continues to adhere to her wholesome roots, avoiding the excessive party scene and resulting tabloid stories.  


One mention of laying in bed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PLAY ON includes more of the same clean content from Carrie Underwood, offering almost nothing in the way of swearing, sexual references, or other mature topics (beyond the occasional bitterness toward scheming boyfriends).

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat July 12, 2020

Carrie Underwood sucks!

I can’t stand Carrie Underwood! My grandma and amp; I can both agree that her voice is annoying. There are some songs that my grandma and amp; I like. But other... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byleftbehindcrazed8 February 19, 2011

:D :D

This is amazing!!! Love Carrie Underwood!

What's the story?

PLAY ON is the third full-length album from American Idol alum-turned-country superstar Carrie Underwood. The record once again finds Underwood doing what she does best -- giving exceptional vocal performances about wholesome themes like doing good deeds for those in need and looking for meaning in life beyond this world. That said, the album does have its edgier moments in tunes such as "Songs Like This," where Underwood wants to get revenge against a guy who's hurt her: "Wanna find some boy, rip his heart right out / First man I see, gonna take him down / It ain't the Christian thing to do, they say / But someone, somewhere's gotta pay." Still, the complete lack of graphic language and near-absence of adult content make this record fine even for younger kids.

Is it any good?

Play On is classic new country with Carrie Underwood flair: it combines traditional slide guitar, pop sensibilities, and Underwood's booming voice with just a slight hint of twang. The tracks don't demonstrate any great leaps of musical creativity, but it's hard not to be drawn in by their palatable rhythms and the spot-on singing. Highlights include the infectious hook in "Undo It," which finds Underwood falling hard for a big new crush, and the power-vocals in the Good-Samaritan anthem "Change." 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how many country singers, including Carrie Underwood, often like to tell meaningful stories in their music. For example, the song "Temporary Home" describes the experiences of a young foster child, a single mother, and an elderly man on his death bed. What value can songs like this have beyond the listening enjoyment they bring?

  • Talk about Carrie Underwood's career. Do you think she would be a megastar today if she hadn't appeared on American Idol? Why is she the most successful Idol to date?

Music details

  • Artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Release date: November 3, 2009
  • Label: Arista
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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