I could listen to Carrie Underwood’s subtly twanged vocals all night. I’ve been fascinated by the power of her voice ever since American Idol. Not only does she know how to use it, but she knows how to marry it to the tone of the current song – and this time is no different, on Cry Pretty, which, in addition to sounding great, it also explores personal stories, crises in America, and some bouts with alcoholism, all set to vastly advanced styles of sound, which steps into Synth Pop and even Hip Hop. Of course, there are ample examples of ballads designed for Carrie Underwood to belt her heart out, yet even in this, the production is super slick thanks to creative effects editing, which supports the commendable instrumentation by adding a resonate digital punch to the sound design. Her music has consistently pushed the envelope of what Country can be in a Pop age, owed to the fact that her compositions seem to be much better than the County Pop competition. She is always at the height of her vocal abilities, even after a long career, yet that means nothing if you don’t have some great jams and arrangements underscoring this.