A little bit of country never hurt nobody and Carrie Underwood delivers you the perfect amount of country meets pop on her fifth studio album. “Storyteller” has her indulging in the lyrical side of things and telling a lot of stories of her personal experiences and of others that she’s witnessed. Since her last album she has had a son with her husband and has obviously been inspired with some beautiful ballads making their way onto this record. “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” is a beautiful ballad that will have you smiling while “Like I’ll Never Love You Again” and “The Girl You Think I Am” is cute but ultimately forgettable. It’s the touching “Heartbeat” that will have your heart melting and will get stuck in your instantly with its insanely good hook that will have you wanting to road trip with your loved one. “And tonight I wanna drive so far we’ll only find static on the radio and we can’t see those city lights”. This album is also led by strong country – pop/rock influenced tracks that will have longtime fans of Underwood very, very happy. “Renegade Runaway”, “Dirty Laundry”, “Smoke Break”, “Mexico” and “Clock Don’t Stop” offer strong moments that see her embracing her country roots while she gets really swampy on the ultimately country “Choctaw County Affair”. “Church Bells” is one of my favourite stories on this record because the imagery is so strong and when listening to the song I can vividly imagine the story unfolding in front of me. “Relapse” is one of the most relatable songs on the album and will undoubtedly quickly become a fan favourite. “I ain’t hung up on you, I ain’t in love with you, this is just time I’m wasting”. // “I don’t have to have you, I don’t need to need you, just a high I’m chasing. Don’t think I’m coming back, it’s just a relapse”.
This is Carrie Underwood’s strongest album to date and has her adapting her country roots with her pop influenced sound she injected on 2012’s “Blown Away”. Her vocals are as strong as ever and will remind you why she won American Idol in 2005 (yep, 10 years ago!). It’s interesting hearing her vocals adapt so well to every genre-bending country style she implements on this record and the pure emotion that she evokes. “Storyteller” is a really enjoyable album and if you can appreciate a bit of country then you will love it too.