Good Girl is the new single from Carrie Underwood taken from her upcoming album Blown Away, set for release in May 2012.
Some might easily think of Carrie Underwood as a top-level vocalist that pop radio lost to country music. But her latest single Good Girl, seemingly the edgiest one of her releases since winning American Idol, blurs the line between pop, rock and country. In fact, Carrie Underwood reminds me a lot of Shania Twain during her successful run in the 90s. It’s like Carrie took inspiration from the crossover appeal of country-meets-pop-rock and polished it with the amazing vocals the former farm girl can certainly deliver.
The song features a rocking drum track, infectious hand claps, and electric guitars reminiscent of but not strictly country music. Then the chorus sweeps you away in a wave of pop goodness and you just want to sing along as Carrie Underwood‘s voice layers on angst and conviction. It’s like the song was smartly produced to reach out to pop-rock fans while still making country fans happy. Good Girl is so good I am expecting it to become a crossover gem.
Looking back on Carrie’s run as a contestant in the American Idol, I remember feeling uncomfortable when I hear that she will be doing an uptempo song because back then I felt like she was just learning the ropes of doing an uptempo song well. A few years later, she comes out with really good uptempo hits like Before He Cheats and Last Name. And now she gives us the rock-edged single Good Girl offering strong and solid vocals with the confidence and energy of a well-seasoned artist.