No. 24: Carrie Underwood Takes The Wheel, Drives Her Ex Into The Poorhouse

Dec 14th, 2007 // 1 Comment

carrie.pngAnd the song at No. 24 reveals that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, no matter how sweet-as-pie she may seem.

The nitpickers among you will probably take great pains to note that “Before He Cheats” is, like, so 2006. But Carrie Underwood’s ode to messing up her ex’s ride had a slow climb into the pop world, and I didn’t hear it until I caught the crime spree video late one night. The more exposure I got to it, though, the more I grew to appreciate its year-long reign on the pop charts; it combined minor-key, woman-scorned piano balladry, pitch-perfect lyrical details (that line about the cheater “dabbin’ on three dollars worth of that bathroom Polo” distilled every noxious thing about a certain type of sleaze into nine words), and Underwood’s voice–finally used in service of passion, and not Idol coronation-song puffery–into a country crossover hit that (for once!) didn’t have to be a mushy-ass ballad to get mainstream love.

Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats [YouTube]
Carrie Underwood [Official site]
Idolator’s 2007 Top 40 List Of Awesomeness

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  1. Jasonbob7

    This is what country music SHOULD be. Get rid of the lite-rock studio band, the super-compressed pitch-corrected vocals and the pandering “I love mama/Jesus/America” lyrics, and gimme some passion and hot fiddle work.

    Plus, this tune pulls double duty at the honky-tonk — it gets the girls all riled up on the dance floor, and it acts as a public service announcement to any guys with cheatin’ on their minds.

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