Carnival Ride Album is by Carrie Underwood, the American country singer, songwriter and actress.
Her second album was released on the 23rd of October 2007 under the Arista Nashville record label, part of Sony Music Entertainment ( SME ).
Carrie Underwood co-wrote four of the thirteen songs featured. Production for the album was by Mark Bright, the Texas-born, Nashville based, country music producer, songwriter and publishing company executive.
Along with Carrie Underwood, he has worked with the likes of BlackHawk, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery, Lonestar, Peter Cetera and Keith Urban.
The Carnival Ride album, which is a mixture of country and pop music, was recorded between 2006 and 2007 at the Starstruck Studios in Music Square, Nashville, Tennessee.
The title comes from Carrie Underwood’s life and career at that point. In a press release, the singer said that ” You step onto this ride called life, and it’s a crazy thing you don’t know anything about, but you get on it anyway, adding that it ” describes the wonderful craziness that I’ve been through over the past couple years. “
Upon release, the album received mostly positive reviews in the music press. Rob Sheffield, writing for Rolling Stone wrote that the offering by the singer was ” more country and therefore more confident ” than her debut album, Some Hearts. He feels with this album, the singer ” goes for the girl-next-door cred long since given up by Faith Hill. “
AllMusic‘s senior reviewer, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, awarded the Carnival Ride album four out of five stars. He commented that for her second album she ” plays up her humble, all-American persona, singing songs about small towns and big dreams. ” However, he did feel that the songs ” veer just a bit too close to the big power ballads. “
The album has been certified 4x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) and Platinum by Music Canada. Worldwide, sales have passed the four million mark.
The lead single, ” So Small “, was released on the 14th of August 2007. The song, co-written with Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird, was produced by Mark Bright.
The single, the first that credits Carrie Underwood as co-writer was described by the singer as ” a feeling song on how people invest so much of their time and energy into things that aren’t really important, and you don’t really realise that until it’s too late. “
The song became a successful release for the singer. In the United States, it peaked at number seventeen on the 15th of September 2007 and spent twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
It topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart on the 1st of December, holding the position for three weeks.
In Canada, ” So Small ” reached number three on the Billboard Canada Country and fourteen on the Canadian Hot 100.
The Carnival Ride album was a commercial success for Carrie Underwood. In the United States, the album reached Number One on the 10th of November 2007 for one week and spent 101 weeks on the Billboard 200. It also topped the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart for one week.
The album reached number two on the UK Country Albums Chart in the United Kingdom and nine on the ARIA Country Albums Chart in Australia.
In Canada, it topped both the Canadian Albums and Country Albums charts.
About Carrie Underwood
Carrie Marie Underwood is an American country singer, songwriter and actress.
Carrie was born on the 10th of March 1983 in Muskogee, a city in the state of Oklahoma, United States. She found fame after winning of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. According to Forbes, she is the most successful American Idol winner of all time.
To date, she has released six studio Albums and thirty-one singles. Carrie has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
During her career, she has received many accolades which include seven Grammy Awards, fifteen Billboard Music Awards, twelve ACM Awards, twelve American Music Awards and eight CMA Awards.
Carnival Ride Album Track Listing:
1. Flat on the Floor
2. All-American Girl
3. So Small
4. Just a Dream
5. Get Out of This Town
6. Crazy Dreams
7. I Know You Won’t
8. Last Name
9. You Won’t Find This
10. I Told You So
11. The More Boys I Meet”
13. Wheel of the World