There is some filler on this record. Tracks like "Mama's Song" and "Temporary Home" don't really click. When she has a good song like "Someday When I Stop Loving You", Underwood hits it out of the damn park.
She took chances by co-writing the bulk of the album and sometimes it does NOT pay off. "Mama's Song" is a glaring example of this.
Personally, I like the angry vengeful facet of Carrie's personality. She excels on songs like "Songs Like This", "Cowboy Casanova" and especially "Undo It", which admittedly is my favorite song on the record because of how so damn catchy and hooky it is. Yes, it's polarizing but dammit....I'm a sucker for some well-placed "na-na-na's."
Overall, this definitely isn't my favorite album of hers, nor is it her most consistent. I save that honor for "Blown Away."
It will be a while when she decides to release her fifth album, since she is preggos, but Play On is a step up from Carnival Ride.