Some Hearts CD (2005)

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This year's American Idol has fashioned a modern country album that takes its cues from contemporary stars like Martina McBride and Faith Hill. There are passing lines of fiddle and steel, and the lyrics have a homespun quality, but the overall vibe is pop, with booming productions that are filled with the electric guitars and big drums that will fill up arenas and concert halls. Underwood's voice is engaging, and the song readings are more assured than many of the hurried efforts on AI, but the songs themselves are often a weak link. ¶ Many of the songs, such as the Diane Warren title track, are emotionally generic, and the Nashville factory production simply adds to the blandness. When Underwood gets a lyric with some substance, such as the redemptive "Jesus, Take the Wheel" or the edgy "Before He Cheats," she digs right in, as she does for the rollicking "We're Young and Beautiful." Where she really shines is on her self-penned wide-eyed travelogue "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore," which says more and fits her better than a dozen songs from the Nashville pros. ¶ It's not exactly surprising that Underwood's debut would find her vocals in great form but her artistic voice yet to fully form. As she did on American Idol, she displays great technical chops and exudes the charisma of a seasoned performer. What's still missing is a personal style, particularly in song selection. A year or two on the road, singing this album and drumming up (or, hopefully, writing) material for her sophomore release should solidify her connection to the material. In the meantime, this is a professionally produced and strongly sung debut that has enough highpoints to entice radio and merit a spin or two at home. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.

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There is a reason that Carrie won American Idol. Her voice is amazing. I'm a big country fan, and am thrilled that a country voice has won the Idol. Her voice is insane, and the music on the CD is awesome.

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Modern country-pop from American Idol

by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 12/5/2005

This year's American Idol has fashioned a modern country album that takes its cues from contemporary stars like Martina McBride and Faith Hill. There are passing lines of fiddle and steel, and the lyrics have a homespun quality, but the overall vibe is pop, with booming productions that are filled with the electric guitars and big drums that will fill up arenas and concert halls. Underwood's voice is engaging, and the song readings are more assured than many of the hurried efforts on AI, but the songs themselves are often a weak link. ¶ Many of the songs, such as the Diane Warren title track, are emotionally generic, and the Nashville factory production simply adds to the blandness. When Underwood gets a lyric with some substance, such as the redemptive "Jesus, Take the Wheel" or the edgy "Before He Cheats," she digs right in, as she does for the rollicking "We're Young and Beautiful." Where she really shines is on her self-penned wide-eyed travelogue "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore," which says more and fits her better than a dozen songs from the Nashville pros. ¶ It's not exactly surprising that Underwood's debut would find her vocals in great form but her artistic voice yet to fully form. As she did on American Idol, she displays great technical chops and exudes the charisma of a seasoned performer. What's still missing is a personal style, particularly in song selection. A year or two on the road, singing this album and drumming up (or, hopefully, writing) material for her sophomore release should solidify her connection to the material. In the meantime, this is a professionally produced and strongly sung debut that has enough highpoints to entice radio and merit a spin or two at home. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. Read More

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Incredible Voice

by Curt on 12/19/2005

There is a reason that Carrie won American Idol. Her voice is amazing. I'm a big country fan, and am thrilled that a country voice has won the Idol. Her voice is insane, and the music on the CD is awesome. Read More

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Product Overview

She won America's hearts and delighted our ears with her heavenly voice. Now American Idol Season 4 winner, Carrie Underwood, has released her debut album Some Hearts. The much-anticipated album features 14 tracks including the uplifting hit "Some Hearts" and her new single "Jesus, Take the Wheel," as well as the bonus track "Inside Your Heaven."

Specifications

Label Arista
SKU 201994941
UPC 828767119724
UPC 14 00828767119724
Format CD
Release Date 11/15/2005
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Author Carrie Underwood
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Country
Compilation Appearance Now Country
Compilation Appearance Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
Compilation Appearance Box Office Hits
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Country Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Now 35
Compilation Appearance Duets II
Compilation Appearance Country Christmas
Compilation Appearance Now Country 6
Compilation Appearance For God & Country
Compilation Appearance To All The Girls
Compilation Appearance Country Faith Vol 1
Compilation Appearance Classics
Compilation Appearance Platinum
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Country 7
Compilation Appearance Country Hits Since The 80s:box Set Se
Compilation Appearance 2015 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance Now That?s What I Call Acm Awards:50t
Compilation Appearance Now That?s What I Call Country 4
Compilation Appearance Enchanted
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Artist Influence Garth Brooks
Artist Influence John Denver
Artist Influence Martina McBride
Artist Influence Randy Travis (Country)
Artist Contemporary Bo Bice
Artist Contemporary Bucky Covington
Artist Contemporary Clay Aiken
Artist Contemporary Diana DeGarmo
Artist Contemporary Dierks Bentley
Artist Contemporary Erika Jo
Artist Contemporary George Huff
Artist Contemporary Gloriana
Artist Contemporary Heidi Newfield
Artist Contemporary Jessica Andrews
Artist Contemporary Jessie James (Vocalist)
Artist Contemporary John Stevens (American Idol)
Artist Contemporary Julianne Hough
Artist Contemporary Kellie Pickler
Artist Contemporary Kelly Clarkson
Artist Contemporary Kimberley Locke
Artist Contemporary Lady Antebellum
Artist Contemporary Miranda Lambert
Artist Contemporary Olivia Lane
Artist Contemporary Sarah Buxton
Artist Contemporary Skylar Laine
Artist Contemporary Sugarland
Artist Contemporary Taylor Hicks
Artist Contemporary Taylor Swift
Artist Contemporary The Wreckers
Artist Contemporary Whitney Duncan
Technical Info
Engineer Derek Bason; Jules Gondar; Harry Sommerdahl; Justin Niebank; Mark Hagen; Matt Gruber; Steve Churchyard; Steve Marcantonio
Producer Mark Bright; Dann Huff; Desmond Child; Mark Bright; Dann Huff
CatalogID 82876711972
Lable Name Arista
Released 11/15/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 56s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828767119724
Album Notes and Credits
Carrie Underwood: Dann Huff (electric guitar); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Daniel Smith (cello); Jimmie Lee Sloas (bass instrument); Chris McHugh, Alyssa Park, Eric Darken, Julian Hallmark, Michele Richards, Mario de Le¢n, Matthew Funes, Hillary Lindsey, Joel Derouin, Adam Steffey, Lonnie Wilson, Matt Rollings, Paul Franklin , Sid Page, Suzie Katayama, Wes Hightower, Roberto Cani, Larry Corbett, Biff Watson, J.T. Corenflos, Steve Nathan , Jonathan Yudkin, Tom Bukovac, Jim VanCleve, Steve Richards , Perry Coleman, Michael Markman, Josefina Vergara, Susan Chatman, Bryan Sutton, Morgane Hayes, Charles Judge, Endre Granat, Tereza Stanislav, Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles, Shanti Randall.
Personnel: Carrie Underwood (background vocals); Biff Watson, Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar); J.T. Corenflos, Tom Bukovac (electric guitar); Gary Morse, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (dobro, banjo, mandolin, violin, fiddle, viola, cello, strings); Adam Steffey (mandolin); Alyssa Park, Julian Hallmark, Michele Richards, Mario de Le¢n, Matthew Funes, Joel Derouin, Sid Page, Roberto Cani, Michael Markman, Josefina Vergara, Susan Chatman, Endre Granat, Tereza Stanislav, Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles, Shanti Randall (violin); Jim VanCleve (fiddle); Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Steve Richards (cello); Matt Rollings (piano); Charles Judge (keyboards, programming); Steve Nathan (keyboards); Chris McHugh, Lonnie Wilson, Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Hillary Lindsey, Lisa Cochran, Neil Thrasher, Wes Hightower, Perry Coleman, Morgane Hayes (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Derek Bason; Justin Niebank; Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Electrokitty Recording, Seattle, WA; Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN; Starstruck, Nashville, TN; The Gentlemen's Club; The Plant Recording Studios, Sausalito, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN; The Village, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Andrew Southam.
Arranger: Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl.
Country purists may take offense at finding American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's debut album in the country section. An unabashedly manufactured commercial product, SOME HEARTS is the sound of mainstream country in the 2000s heavily steeped in glossy pop. There's nothing downhome or roots-conscious about Underwood's voice or looks: she's the pretty blonde next door with a fine singing voice, but the powers that be have made her a country artist, and that's what the public gets.
None of this is to say that SOME HEARTS is not a good pop album. The combination of Underwood's considerable gift and the slick, spot-on production of Dan Huff and Mark Bright makes for a fine package. Even on somewhat by-the-numbers tunes (like her smash hit "Inside Your Heaven"), Underwood sings with conviction, and she does well with both the ballads and the uptempo tracks. Idol viewers and fans of artists like Faith Hill and Shania Twain will want to check this out.
Artist Overview
It's true that Carrie Underwood sprang to fame as an "American Idol" winner, but her career needs to be defined in the context of country superstars instead of reality show contestants. Her millions of records sold, her dozens of awards from the Country Music Academy as well as the Grammys, her many record-breaking feats on the charts, and her status as one of the most powerful people in the music business all testify to her staying power beyond "American Idol". Underwood's debut single, "Inside Your Heaven," hit number one on the country charts in 2005, the first of a dozen country chart-toppers over the next ten years. ~ Steve Leggett
Disc 1
1 Wasted
2 Don't Forget To Remember Me
3 Some Hearts
4 Jesus, Take The Wheel
5 Night Before, The (Life Goes On)
6 Lessons Learned
7 Before He Cheats
8 Starts With Goodbye
9 I Just Can't Live A Lie
10 We're Young And Beautiful
11 That's Where It Is
12 Whenever You Remember
13 I AIn't In Checotah Anymore
14 Inside Your Heaven
Product Attributes
Artist Underwood,Carrie
Label Arista Records
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