Standouts for me include the first single, Good Girl, plus Leave Love Alone, Cupid's Got a Shotgun (which are quite varied in style), plus I really love One Way Ticket, Wine After Whiskey. I got a first listen through the fan club, many of these songs you do need to hear several times and almost every one grows on you - the stories are deeper, lyrics more complex, vocals impecable on every track.
The vocals are better than they have ever been (minus some of the vocals on the title track, Blown Away. Sounds too autotuned Lady Gaga-esque for my liking), but the songs for the most part aren't grabbing me. Good Girl is the only one that really jumped out at me. I've listened to the album stream 3 complete times, and still, I'm just not being grabbed by the other songs. It will sell because it's a Carrie Underwood CD, but other than that, it's nothing special. Rather disappointed.
Carrie just said in a radio interview she doesn't allow any autotuning on her albums, autotuning means making the vocals be in tune, - I think you mean vocal effects like reverb, however , you may be surprised that the low voice in the chorus of Blown Away is Carrie's natural voice - she's just using a lower register - I thought Carrie's voice in Cowboy Casanova had an effect on it until I heard her sing it in concert - sounded just like the CD - Carrie is amazing live - don't miss this concert!
Brian Kelley and LA , obviously you don't want your artists to grow at all. This album is deep , complex, and bringing country musics to a level that i personally have not seen. that's the sign of a true artist and that's waht Carrie and Mark Bright have cococted here. sorry it went over your twangy little brains.