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The month of May brings new things to the world of music, specifically country music. Carrie Underwood is one of those new things. Since her big win on Season 4 of "American Idol" in 2005, she has topped the charts in both the country and pop genres.

Her fourth studio album, which was released May 1, is titled "Blown Away." It's an appropriate title as the tracks contain lyrics that portray betrayal with a country/rock feel. Underwood co-wrote eight of the 14 tracks along with some of the most prestigious Nashville song writers.

The first single, "Good Girl," is right up there with her previous album's first single, "Cowboy Casanova." This single ties up loose ends the previous single did not get to cover.

Songs like "Blown Away," "Two Black Cadillacs" and "Cupid's Got a Shotgun" reveal a side of Underwood that fans rarely get to see. These songs show that she's not afraid to let loose and tell people how it is. They let Underwood express emotion with a beautiful vocal range and falsetto.

"Forever Changed," "Thank God For Hometowns" and "Wine After Whiskey" are just three of the songs on the album that are more like Underwood's style. They are similar to the songs on "Some Hearts," "Carnival Ride" and "Play On."

The songs on this album tell a story in one way or another. For example, "Good in Goodbye" is about a woman who sees a man she used to date. He moved on. She reflects on the time they spent together and reflects: "Don't regret it the time we spent together I won't forget it."

After listening to "Blown Away," fans will be begging for more. There will be questions as to how she came up with such brilliant lyrics to coincide with her catchy tunes. The songs on Underwood's fourth studio album likely will be sung over and over again by fans across the world. She is an inspiration for those trying to make their way into the business and will never be forgotten as one of the most successful winners of "American Idol."

Sara Chriswell is a senior at Maryvale High School.

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Carrie Underwood

"Blown Away"