The Nashville industry was blown away when Carrie Underwood made it a point to catch her breath last year. Rather than rush out an album, she took her time writing and recording. And she says the decision resulted in “much, much better songs.”
In an interview with CMT Insider host Katie Cook, Underwood said, “I wanted to switch things up, shake it up, do some different things, write some different ways. … We took more time to produce them and really get in there. I feel like I’ve only gotten better as a singer, as a songwriter, and I know what I want to hear.”
Unquestionably, her fans know what they want to hear, too, as Blown Away opened with 267,000 copies sold. In the first of a two-part interview, the former American Idol champion chats about the album artwork, the connection she feels to her Oklahoma hometown and the sweet (not naughty!) sentiment behind one of her light-hearted new tracks.
Katie: Let’s talk about the cover of Blown Away. It’s so cool and really different.
Underwood: I felt like with the songs that we had going on Blown Away, everything was really strong and really fierce. I wanted it to look different, feel different, sound different than any of my albums before. I felt like with this wonderful collection of songs, I wanted to step it up with fashion and make it look very different than anything else I’ve ever done before.
And on the song “Blown Away,” there’s this storm brewing, and there’s a storm brewing in the background on the cover.
Yeah, it definitely has a lot to do with that song in particular. I think of that song as a dark, modern-dayWizard of Oz kind of song. If you notice, there are little bitty references in there, like the yellow bricks. We made it, very, very modern. I love the dress. It was beautiful, and it was a fun, fun shoot.
Being from Oklahoma, you are no stranger to tornadoes. Growing up, did you ever have any firsthand experience with one?
The only reason I felt like I could sing a song like “Blown Away” is because I have definitely lived through my fair share of trips to the cellar in the spring. We were no stranger to that. I still ask my mom, “Is the cellar cleaned out now? Is everything OK?” Even in my new house, I had something built in it that’s like a storm shelter. I’m paranoid. (laughs)
You said halfway through recording Blown Away, “I’m trying to fill in the gaps and figure out what fits into the puzzle.” Explain what you mean by that.
Well, you start out this album puzzle with a few solid main pieces, and you want it all to feel special. You want certain songs to set up other songs. If you’re like, “Oh, I have a song like ‘Blown Away.’ I need something else that counters that and fits in there.” Otherwise “Blown Away” is going to come out of nowhere. So we were writing “Two Black Cadillacs” like, “OK, this is my pair for Blown Away.” A lot of the songs are like that. They have sister songs that work together. It is a puzzle piece. You try to figure out what needs to go where.
Credit – CMT
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