Last Name
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Producer(s): Mark Bright
Genre: COUNTRY
Label: 19/Arista Nashville
The third single from Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" is a feisty change of pace from the fresh-faced persona celebrated on previous hit "All American Girl." In this "prequel" to "Before He Cheats," Underwood is a brazen party animal. She co-wrote the tune with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey about an alcohol-fueled night of revelry that results in a quickie Vegas marriage. She wakes up shamefully admitting she doesn't even know the guy's last name—or her own now. It's a cleverly penned lyric that hilariously celebrates drunken debauchery, while Mark Bright's production fuels a bluesy, smokin' track. Underwood again demonstrates why she's become such a major star, with a performance that combines soulful vocals, edgy intensity and sassy attitude into a delicious cocktail. —Deborah Evans Price


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