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Greatest Hits Decade #1

Carrie Underwood

Sony Music Nashville

Review by David Bowling

 

It seems impossible that Carrie Underwood is a decade into her career but so it is for the 2005 American Idol winner.

Since her idol victory, she has emerged as one of the premier talents on the country music scene, who has had tremendous commercial success. All four of her studio albums have topped the country music charts and three have reached number one on the pop charts with the fourth peaking at number two. When you add in 13 number one singles, four more at number two, six Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 11 Academy Of Country Music Awards, and 16 Billboard Music Awards; you have one of the dominant performers in American music.

It all begins with her voice as it has power, clarity, and an incredible range. Combine that voice with well written songs, smooth production and  seemingly effortless presentation and you have a special catalogue of songs.

She has now released the best of her first ten years under the appropriate title Greatest Hits Decade #1. Just about every notable and successful performance of her career are present including “Jesus Take The Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” “All American Girl,” “I Told You So” with Randy Travis, and a live version of “How Great Thou Art” with Vince Gill. Also included are two new songs; “Something In The Water” and “Little Toy Guns.”

If you really want to find something with which to take issue, several studio tracks could have been left off and “No Ever After” from Enchanted included but those criticisms are minor.

Greatest Hits Decade # 1 is a solid compilation from one of the leading lights of country music. If the first decade of her career is any indication, 2025 should be really interesting.

 

Rating: ****

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