CAR­RIE UN­DER­WOOD

Cry pretty 5/10

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - Rhine­stone su­per­star plays it safe TERRY STAUNTON

For­mer Amer­i­can Idol win­ner un­der­wood is at her most hand­son for her sixth al­bum, serv­ing as co-pro­ducer as well as co-writ­ing nine of its 13 tracks. Flagged by her Su­per Bowl half-time lu­dacris duet “The Cham­pion”, it’s a solid if un­sur­pris­ing col­lec­tion of slick mod­ern coun­try, largely dis­tin­guished by her go-to coun­try twang power bal­ladry (the ti­tle track; “love Wins”). There’s a touch more light-and-shade to the melo­drama of “ghosts In The Stereo” and “That Song We used To Make love To”, and a lit­tle light comic re­lief on “Drink­ing Alone”, but over­all it’s a box-tick­ing col­lec­tion un­likely to broaden her main­stream fan­base.

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