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article imageReview: Carrie Underwood shines on 'Greatest Hits — Decade No. 1' album Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 21, 2014 in Music
Country superstar Carrie Underwood has released her first "Greatest Hits" collection, and it is an impressive musical work.
It opens with her latest inspirational single "Something in the Water" and it is followed by "Little Toy Guns," where she yet again showcases her trademark pipes. She takes her fans on a trip down memory lane to her American Idol coronation tune, "Inside Your Heaven," as well as her breakthrough chart-topping country single "Jesus, Take The Wheel."
While "Don't Forget To Remember Me" may have peaked at No. 2 on the country charts, it truly stands out as one of her greatest hits in this humble reviewer's eyes due to its poignant message. She changes the pace with her spitfire tune "Before He Cheats" and it is followed by equally noteworthy tracks as "Wasted" and the bittersweet and nostalgic ballad "So Small."
"All-American Girl" is uplifting and it showcases the multiple octaves in her vocal range. "Last Name" garnered Underwood a Grammy for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" and "Just a Dream" is another emotional, powerhouse vocal. It closes with her Grammy-winning duet with country star Randy Travis, "I Told You So."
In the second disc, she changes the pace with the upbeat "Cowboy Casanova" and the gentle ballad "Temporary Home" is filled with raw emotions. "Undo It" is yet another spitfire tune and "Mama's Song" is a soothing melody. Her duet with Brad Paisley, "Remind Me," is one of her best collaborations to date. "Good Girl" is a fun, uptempo tune, while "Blown Away" may very well be Underwood's finest vocal to date. "Two Black Cadillacs" is rebellious and "See You Again" is spiritual yet optimistic.
As an added bonus, she includes her live collaboration with Vince Gill, entitled "How Great Thou Art," as well as her writing session work-tape of acoustic version of "So Small," "Last Name" and "Mama's Song," where the listener can enjoy her voice in its purest form.
The Verdict
Overall, Carrie Underwood's Greatest Hits: Decade No. 1 album garners an A rating. It is extremely well-done and it features all of her finest singles and performances. A must for any fan of Carrie Underwood.
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