Country singer Carrie Underwood has released her fifth studio album, Storyteller.
The 13 track, 45 minute album was produced by Mark Bright, Zach Crowell, and Jay Joyce. Underwood worked with many collaborators on Storyteller, including Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano, David Hodges, Brett James, Liz Rose, Mark Bright, Zach Crowell, and Jay Joyce.
Carrie Underwood handled all the vocals, with fellow country artist Sam Hunt lending vocals on "Heartbeat." Supplying background vocals on the album are Perry Coleman, Zach Crowell, Chris DeStefano, Jerry Flowers, Hillary Lindsey, The McCrary Sisters, and James Moore.
The album's lead single, "Smoke Break," was released on August 21, 2015. It was hot out of the gate, debuting at the top of the Billboard Country Digital Singles chart with sales of over 56,000 in the USA. The song also set the record for the most radio adds during its first week in the history of the Country Aircheck chart.
Below you can watch a video interview Carrie Underwood gave to Grand Ole Opry discussing the songs on Storyteller and their history:
This might be the best album that Carrie Underwood has made to date, in spite of heavy-handed studio production that isn't always easy on the ears. Overall, the songwriting is very good, and her vocals sound great. As Underwood has become a mother, the storytelling on her songs has matured.
Tracks we recommend include "Renegade Runaway," "Dirty Laundry" "Church Bells," "Smoke Break," "Like I'll Never Love You Again," "Chaser," "The Girl You Think I Am," "Mexico," and "What I Never Knew I Always Wanted."
Carrie Underwood has also just announced 2016 North American arena dates that are being billed as The Storyteller Tour.
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