Cry Pretty (album)

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Cry Pretty
Carrie Underwood - Cry Pretty (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by Carrie Underwood
Released September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Genre
Length 50:26
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer
Carrie Underwood chronology
Storyteller
(2015)
Cry Pretty
(2018)
Singles from Cry Pretty
  1. "Cry Pretty"
    Released: April 11, 2018
  2. "Love Wins"
    Released: August 31, 2018

Cry Pretty is the sixth studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Carrie Underwood. The album was released on September 14, 2018, as Underwood's first album with her new record label, Capitol Records Nashville after signing a global deal with Universal Music Group at the start of 2017. The album also marks the first co-producing effort by Underwood, who partnered with David Garcia for the record.[1]

Background[edit]

On April 18, 2018, Underwood released a statement on the album, saying, "At this point in my career, I feel stronger and more creative than ever. I think you can hear that in this new album. It's emotional, it's soulful, it's real, and we also have some fun on there too. I hope everyone loves it as much as I have loved making it."[2] Songwriter and producer David Garcia was selected to co-produce the album with Underwood. Additionally, Cry Pretty marks Underwood's first effort as producer.[3]

Promotion[edit]

Underwood performed the title track for the first time at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 15, which was well-received by critics.[4]

Singles[edit]

"Cry Pretty", the first single from the album was released on April 11, 2018.[5] It debuted at number 20 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, and was the most added song to Country Radio that week.[6] The song topped the Digital Songs chart, becoming Underwood's first song to do so and also debuted at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] It peaked at number nine on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and number five on the Hot Country Songs chart.

"Love Wins" was released as the second single from the album on August 31, 2018, alongside a lyric video.[8] It debuted at number 90 on the Scottish Singles Chart for the week of September 8, 2018 and number 30 on the US Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 15, 2018. On September 7, 2018, "End Up with You", was released as a promotional single.[9]

Tour[edit]

Underwood will support the album with the Cry Pretty Tour 360. It is scheduled to begin on May 1, 2019, in Greensboro, North Carolina.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
Conseqence Of SoundB[14]
Exclaim!6/10[15]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[16]

Cry Pretty received mostly positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album has an average score of 70, based on ten reviews.[17] Giving a rating of three and a half stars out of five, Rolling Stone branded Cry Pretty a "modern country album pivoting into pop and R&B without going full Taylor, while also showing the kind of character more mega-stars should aspire to". The songwriting was referred to as "grade-A" and Underwood's voice was deemed "mighty" and "selling even the lesser [songs]". The review also praised Underwood for raising the topic of gun violence in "The Bullet" and "Love Wins", noting that "if Underwood isn’t going there, she’s at least got the balls to engage the subject in the mainstream, where the conversation needs to happen — while her male peers, no doubt worried about their market share, seem scared to make a peep". Additionally, the review draws favourable similarities to the music of Adele, Kate Bush, Beyoncé, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss but highlights Sam Hunt, explaining that the "architecture [of the album] is R&B at its core".[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Cry Pretty is projected to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 210,000 equivalent album units giving the singer her fourth number one album on that chart.[19]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing and credits adapted from Rolling Stone and the iTunes Store. All songs produced by Carrie Underwood and David Garcia, except where noted.[20][21]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Cry Pretty"4:07
2."Ghosts on the Stereo"
4:13
3."Low"
  • Underwood
  • Garcia
  • Lindsey
3:31
4."Backsliding"
  • Underwood
  • Garcia
  • Lindsey
4:37
5."Southbound"
3:22
6."That Song That We Used to Make Love To"
3:35
7."Drinking Alone"
4:18
8."The Bullet"4:10
9."Spinning Bottles"
  • Underwood
  • Garcia
  • Lindsey
3:16
10."Love Wins"
  • Underwood
  • Garcia
  • James
3:48
11."End Up with You"
3:13
12."Kingdom"4:34
13."The Champion" (featuring Ludacris) (bonus track) (Jim Jonsin)
3:42
Total length:50:26

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 56
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 111
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[25] 46
Irish Albums (IRMA)[26] 40
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 32
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 16

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Carrie Underwood Releasing 'Cry Pretty' Album in September". Billboard. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Dove-Winning Writer/Producer David Garcia to Co-Produce Entire Carrie Underwood Album Alongside Artist". Gospel Music Association. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Carrie Underwood Stuns With Emotional 'Cry Pretty' ACM Awards Performance". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Carrie Underwood Announces New Album, 'Cry Pretty'". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  6. ^ Cantor, Brian (April 16, 2018). "Carrie Underwood's "Cry Pretty" Erupts As Country Radio's Most Added Song". Headline Planet. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Carrie Underwood's 'Cry Pretty' Is First Country No. 1 on Digital Song Sales Chart Since 2014". Retrieved 15 September 2018. 
  8. ^ Holmes, Martin (August 31, 2018). "Carrie Underwood Drops New Song "Love Wins" — Listen Now!". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Canada: Corus Entertainment. Retrieved August 31, 2018. 
  9. ^ McDonald, Kelli (September 7, 2018). "Carrie Underwood Releases Romantic New Song 'End Up with You'". Wide Open Country. United States. Retrieved September 8, 2018. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Zach (August 8, 2018). "Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2, Going on Tour in 2019". E! News. 
  11. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/cry-pretty/carrie-underwood
  12. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/cry-pretty-mw0003177227
  13. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/review-carrie-underwoods-populist-pop-pivot-cry-pretty-724192/
  14. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/09/album-review-carrie-underwood-cry-pretty/
  15. ^ http://exclaim.ca/music/article/carrie_underwood-cry_pretty
  16. ^ https://ew.com/music/2018/09/14/carrie-underwood-cry-pretty-ew-review/
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  18. ^ Hermes, Will (14 September 2018). "Review: Carrie Underwood's Populist Pop Pivot 'Cry Pretty'". Retrieved 15 September 2018. 
  19. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8475710/carrie-underwood-cry-pretty-on-course-for-no-1-debut-billboard-200
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  26. ^ "Eminem scores third week at Irish albums Number 1". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 22, 2018. 
  27. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  29. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 22, 2018.