Carrie Underwood – Storyteller - 2015 Country Pop Ltd Ed 2LP
Carrie Underwood – Storyteller
Arista Nashville – 88875-16957-1
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Etched, Limited Edition
Limited edition etched art double LP. Gatefold sleeve.
Side D is described as "Etched Collector Art".
Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Country, Pop Rock
A1 Renegade Runaway 3:40
A2 Dirty Laundry 3:25
A3 Church Bells 3:15
A4 Heartbeat 3:31
A5 Smoke Break 3:20
B1 Choctaw County Affair 3:31
B2 Like I'll Never Love You Again 3:37
B3 Chaser 4:24
B4 Relapse 3:24
C1 Clock Don't Stop 3:23
C2 The Girl You Think I Am 3:38
C3 Mexico 3:28
C4 What I Never Knew I Always Wanted 3:35
Phonographic Copyright (p) – 19 Recordings Ltd.
Licensed To – Sony Music Nashville
Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment
A&R [Assistance] – Kirsten Wines (tracks: 3, 10 to 13)
Coordinator [Production] – Kenley Flynn (tracks: 4, 9), Mike "Frog" Griffith* (tracks: 3, 10 to 13)
Creative Director, Design – Scott McDaniel
Design [Package] – Grace Boto
Edited By [Digital] – Chris Small (tracks: 3, 10 to 13), Derek Bason (tracks: 3, 10 to 13), Zach Crowell(tracks: 4, 9)
Engineer [2nd Assistant] – Caleb VanBuskirk (tracks: 1, 2, 5 to 8)
Engineer [Additional] – Adam Chagnon (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9), Andrew Schubert (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9),Zach Crowell (tracks: 4, 9)
Engineer [Assistant] – Paul Cossette (tracks: 1, 2, 5 to 8)
Management – Ann Edelblute
Mastered By – Adam Ayan
Mixed By – Chris Lord-Alge (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9), Derek Bason (tracks: 3, 10 to 13)
Mixed By [Assistant] – Chris Small (tracks: 3, 10 to 13), Keith Armstrong (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9), Nik Karpen (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 9)
Photography By – Randee St. Nicholas
Producer – Jay Joyce (tracks: 1, 2, 5 to 8), Mark Bright (tracks: 3, 10 to 13), Zach Crowell (tracks: 4, 9)
Producer [Assistant] – Melissa Spillman (tracks: 1, 2, 5 to 8)
Recorded By – Derek Bason (tracks: 3, 10 to 13), Jason Hall (tracks: 1, 2, 5 to 8), Nick Autry (tracks: 4, 9)
Recorded By [Assistant] – Chris Small (tracks: 3, 10 to 13), Kam Luchterhand (tracks: 4, 9)
Barcode (Scanned): 888751695719
( amazon customer) " Her 2015 album "Storyteller" is her most commercial LP to date. It takes a left turn from the previous record 'Blown Away', in that all the songs are of single length (around 3:30) and incorporate modern rhythmic touches courtesy of new producers Jay Joyce and Zach Crowell.
Opening track "Renegade Runaway" is a barn-burner. It's a flat-out rock song, and a showcase for Underwood's tremendous vocal power. The song is well-arranged, but marred by western lyrical clichés: "She's an outlaw, a quick draw...”, "She's a tumbleweed blowin' in the wind come sundown...”.
Lead single "Smoke Break" is a standout, with a strummed acoustic guitar accompanying Underwood's twangy vocals on the verses before the song explodes big on the choruses and bridge. The lyrics speak of vices that get us through stressful times: "I don't drink, some times I need a stiff drink...", "I don't smoke, sometimes I need a long drag...". Underwood, who like many of us is a social drinker - and very health conscious - seems apologetic for having any vices at all.
The infectious "Dirty Laundry", is an amusing tale of a wife discovering her husband's philandering via lipstick and wine stains on his white dress shirt: "Found it over in the corner, wadded up on the bedroom floor. Shoulda hid it in a closet. Shoulda burned it. Shoulda lost it...". The catchy chorus hook is very strong and, as of this writing, is entering the Top 5 on the country charts.
The highlight of the record is "Choctaw County Affair", a bluesy, swampy stomp that thematically recalls Bobbie Gentry's 'Ode to Billie Jo'. With soulful backup on the chorus, it's one of the edgier tracks in Underwood's discography. It emulates blues, but there's nothing truly raw about it. In concert, Carrie plays a mean harmonica (you read that right) throughout the song, bringing back a little of the grit that's missing here.
'Storyteller' won't disappoint those who love Carrie Underwood's mainstream music. For those looking for further artistic growth, hinted at on 'Blown Away', you'll have to keep waiting."