Her Greatest Hits album was released today on December 9th & it's a nice retrospective of the shy girl who covered Martina McBride & Heart songs on American Idol to the confident woman we see today.
What makes this Greatest Hits album different than most is its tracklisting. It opens with two new songs: "Something In The Water" & "Little Toy Guns". Now, we've all heard "Something In The Water" & I call it an oddity on mainstream country radio because we hear so many drinking/party songs & Carrie is singing about her Christian faith without ramming ir down our throats. Personally, I like this song & it's rather nice to Carrie bringing her faith back into her music. We haven't heard this from her since "Jesus, Take The Wheel." The other new song "Little Toy Guns" is about the power of words & the effect that words have on people. Mainstream pop country artists, please take notice...you can make a catchy song that has substance too. Overall, both songs are superior to most of whats heard on today's radio & that's mainly due to Carrie's giant voice & solid songwriting all around.
The other songs are sequenced in chronological order, which is great because you can hear her progression as an artist & as an vocalist. I won't bother reviewing the other songs because we've heard them all before. A few that standout to me are "Jesus Take The Wheel", "How Great Thou Art", "Two Black Cadillacs", "Blown Away" & "Undo It". She also includes her debut single "Inside Your Heaven" and her incredible duet with Vince Gill on "How Great Thou Art". You also get rough takes of songs "Last Name", "So Small" and "Mama's Song" also.
Overall, this is a nice package. I would've like to see a few album cuts like "Songs Like This" or "Someday When I Stop Loving You", but its hard to complain when you have someone with the type of talent that Underwood has and a string of #1 songs to boot. This should tide her fans over until she releases a proper album of material.