There are a few different sides to Carrie Underwood, but hits like “Before He Cheats” and “Undo It” have proven that she works best at playing the role of country’s ballsy pop-rock queen. Taylor Swift may be a better songwriter, and Miranda Lambert may make more interesting music, but there are few women out there who can even come close to Carrie’s ferocious vocals, making her voice the perfect one for the heavier side of country-pop.
That’s the formula that Carrie and longtime producer Mark Bright have used for “Good Girl”, the first single from the American Idol winner’s upcoming fourth studio album.
Much like “Cowboy Casanova”, “Good Girl” is another take heed anthem that sees Carrie warning a young female to stay away from a serial heart-breaker.
“Why you gotta be so blind?,” Carrie belts. “Won’t you open your eyes? / It’s just a matter of time ’till you find / He’s no good, girl / No good for you.”
“Good Girl” is brimming with Southern swag, with big fat guitar riffs, arena-ready hand claps, and Carrie’s big ol’ pipes that carry more power than any Yamaha ever could. You could listen to it while guzzling beer and shooting pool in a bar in Memphis (a trendy bar, maybe, but a bar nonetheless!) and also hear it blasting on Top Forty radio, making this another likely smash hit to add to Carrie’s intimidating discography.
With Kelly Clarkson’s surprisingly huge comeback and now Carrie Underwood’s promising return, 2012 looks like it may just belong to Idol’s two favorite divas.