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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the country/pop artist features a guest appearance from Ludacris and was co-produced with David Garcia.
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Cry Pretty
[Verse 1] I'm sorry But I'm just a girl not usually the kind to show my heart to the world I'm pretty good at keeping it together I hold my... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 14, 2018
    90
    Underwood is taking risks for the first time. Nearly all of them pay off. ... The result is an album as satisfying as it is surprising.
  2. 83
    At its best, she’s never sounded more vulnerable, or more willing to play within the definitions of country music. But it also means that when she pulls back, and falls into the costumes of others, it’s a little harder to accept the veil. ... It’s the second half of Cry Pretty where Underwood starts to truly lay her cards on the table--and where she soars the most.
  3. Sep 21, 2018
    83
    Here the bluesy “Drinking Alone” transports you to a smoky bar where two lonely strangers find each other above their beer bottles, while “The Bullet” is a strong and surprising anti-gun-violence message from a country star. But it’s Underwood’s considerable resilience that shines through here.
  4. Sep 19, 2018
    64
    Underwood nails two tried and true country traditions: the drinking-to-death heart-wrencher (“Spinning Bottles”) and the faith-based, family-first hymn (“Kingdom”), proving both times that big, emotional ballads remain her bread and butter. Much of the rest of the album finds Underwood exploring pop and R&B sounds more than ever before. Sometimes, she’s successful. ... Sometimes, she’s not so successful.
  5. Oct 4, 2018
    60
    Her voice as a lyricist (she co-wrote two-thirds of the songs) tends to drift just a little, with the more specific songs working better. With the thick production on the album, it models radio trends but doesn't advance them. Given Underwood's talents, it would be exciting to see her craft a character-driven album and some quieter production.
  6. Sep 14, 2018
    60
    The album is frustrating, with no middle ground, and the strengths don't quite make up for the weaknesses.
  7. Sep 14, 2018
    40
    It is all gloss and shine, with sadness at industry-approved levels of maximum efficacy. Take 75% uplift, add 20% melancholy, top up with 5% not actually contentious controversy, and voilà: Cry Pretty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 14 out of 49
  1. Sep 19, 2018
    10
    Her sixth studio album and her voice and sound are as fresh as ever. Carrie explores new sounds and techniques both vocally and musically.Her sixth studio album and her voice and sound are as fresh as ever. Carrie explores new sounds and techniques both vocally and musically. With hints of R&B and pop infused in some songs while nodes to her country roots seamlessly stitch the majority of the album.

    The sequence of songs from "Low" to "Drinking Alone" show an array of emotion and talent that is always welcomed from Carrie Underwood. While "That Song That We Made Love To" and "End Up With You" are more pop-country, they are great entries to Underwood's catalog, continuing to show her growth as an artist.

    Furthermore, it wouldn't be a Carrie Underwood album without a knack of smart lyrics and sweeping powerhouse vocals. "The Bullet," "Backsliding," and "Spinning Bottles" paint vivid pictures and unforgettable stories.
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  2. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Holy SMOKES! Bring the extinguisher because this album is pure FIRE! For anyone that said Carrie is ONLY Country POP, have them stop in for aHoly SMOKES! Bring the extinguisher because this album is pure FIRE! For anyone that said Carrie is ONLY Country POP, have them stop in for a listen or two to this album! I count it as NUMERO UNO of all her albums and I am literally STOKED !!!

    GOTS is the very definition of country. Gives me Johnny & June vibes. Gonna have to get me some Jack in my coke and have a party…...

    Low has just GOT TO BE A SINGLE! TODAY! TOMORROW! Even YESTERDAY! It reminded me somewhat of Patsy Cline and the crooning, whaling… A vocal masterpiece. FIRST CLASS!

    Backsliding - I loved the words….really need to hear all of it.

    Southbound – Absolutely loved it. Very catchy, a great quickstep! Pure country with a kicker!

    TSWUTMLT – What a little mid tempo jewel.

    Drinking Alone – I’m telling you….bluesy as all get out. Chris Stapleton vibes here. Ends with a shooter or two……..

    The Bullet – Grab a towel in lieu of a Kleenex. Wow, start to finish, this is a tear jerker to beat all. Words are just beautiful, voice singing it even more so. Gave me a little bit of Allen Jackson The Day The World Stopped Turning vibes..

    Spinning Bottles – WOW. Cut open my chest and exposed my heart in this soulful ballad with the almost sobbing vocals. Keep hold of the Kleenex you had for The Bullet.

    End Up With You – Loving the staccato upbeat bursts in this song. Probably the least country of all the songs, it’s catchy as all get out.

    Kingdom – Sounds very personal and glad to see that Carrie is including this kind of song on her new album. Perfectly imperfect…..

    I personally give this album an A+
    Loving the start to finish….the whole shebang. Love how it covers every facet of feelings from the lowest of lows and climbing to the highest of the highs with The Champion. A work of art. And the framer is Carrie. Her voice covers so many different facets throughout the album. Loving how she just WENT with it! Let it talk to her! Let her voice tell the stories!
    The album is the definition of GRAMMY.
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  3. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Her vocal is so powerful combines with country music, it's a wonderful masterpiece.
  4. Sep 18, 2018
    10
    This is definitely Carrie’s best album to date. She has matured as a songwriter and vocalist. I’m proud to be a fan!
  5. Oct 8, 2018
    10
    This is Carrie Underwood's best work to date. Carrie Underwood continues to be my favorite singer of all time, the best country singer, andThis is Carrie Underwood's best work to date. Carrie Underwood continues to be my favorite singer of all time, the best country singer, and one of the best singers of all time. This is my 2nd favorite album of 2018 and is my 2nd favorite album of all time. As always her voice was spectacular on this album. I could tell how personal this album is to her. I loved how she combined country with different types of music like r&b, pop, and soul. The cover for the album is gorgeous, I loved the sparkly crying makeup and it is my favorite album cover ever. The writing and production were both stupendous. The music video for Cry Pretty was a amazingly directed. The music video for Love Wins was very inspiring and beautiful. I loved ever single second listening to this song. Since I loved every song on the album I found it hard to pick my favorite's so instead I ranked them from 1 to 13 an my ranking is Low, Spinning Bottles, Drinking Alone, The Bullet, Cry Pretty, Kingdom, Love Wins, End Up Here With You, The Champion, Backsliding, Southbound, Ghosts On The Stereo, and That Song That We Used To Make Love To. God Bless her and her entire family. A+. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2018
    0
    She’s not a real country artist. She is manufactured and boring. Just another pretty face to sell to the masses.
  7. Sep 18, 2018
    0
    This album is wack. No seriously it is. The same, whiny country-pop we expect from this boring-ass girl. There are boosters of this album thatThis album is wack. No seriously it is. The same, whiny country-pop we expect from this boring-ass girl. There are boosters of this album that call it "experimental." Seriously? You call this "experimental"? Music artists like Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, Solange, Kendrick Lamar, Kehlani, The Weeknd, and even Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott have experimented with several genres. And they have excelled at it, as they are visionaries compared to Carrie Underwood. Yet you don't see them widely praised as Carrie Underwood is, as they still have many detractors. It's up to you to see why. And it's frustrating. Expand

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