On “Temporary Home,” Carrie Underwood showed how brilliant her voice is when singing more traditional-leaning country songs. However, that brilliance is all but lost on the pop-country single, “Undo It.” Written by Underwood, Kara DioGuardi, Martin Frederiksen, and Luke Laird, “Undo It” is a song about wanting to undo everything about a failed relationship and wanting to erase the relationship and the person from one’s past. The song’s mediocre, at best, lyrics are a major reason why this song is one of the weakest on Underwood’s Play On album.
The production is a bit all over the place from the guitar riff in the beginning of the song to the mixture of drums, fiddle, and guitar when the chorus hits. It’s all a bit too much and makes the song one of the least country-flavored Carrie has released. The only thing saving the song from being an absolute mess is Carrie’s vocal performance, which is probably one of the weakest from a brilliant vocal performer. She handles the power vocals well but fails to impress with the Lady Gaga-esque “uh-uh-uh-undo it” lines in the chorus.
With country radio favoring more mainstream songs, it’s easy to see why “Undo It” would be chosen as a single, but Carrie’s already proved that not all songs have to be pop songs. She’s reached number one with songs like “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “I Told You So,” and “Temporary Home” all of which are country songs and among her best singles. I expect this song to become another number one for Underwood, but it’s a shame she isn’t releasing her better album cuts (ahem, “Someday When I Stop Loving You”) to country radio.
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