With her current single, “Mama’s Song,” peaking at number two on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, it’s seemingly time for Carrie Underwood to release a new single. If a fifth song from her third album, Play On, is going to be released, then here’s a review of the song we think should be sent to radio, “Someday When I Stop Loving You.”
Sometimes I feel artists can mistake delivering emotion with oversinging, which doesn’t necessarily work. I’ve always been a big Carrie Underwood fan and have always appreciated her explosive vocal performances, but I think she’s at her best when she avoids the belting and power notes. “Someday When I Stop Loving You” is the perfect example of that fact. On the heartbreaking song, Carrie keeps her vocal performance extremely subtle and tender, avoiding the huge, powerful notes. This type of vocal performance allows Carrie to connect to the lyrics and deliver the song with more emotion and allows the fantastic lyrics to remain at the song’s forefront.
The song – written by Hillary Lindsey, Steve McEwan, and Gordie Sampson – is a fantastic tale of the heartbreak that’s left behind when a once serious relationship ends and one person is left with the memories and pain of realizing they must move on. The chorus alone depicts a heartbreaking image: “I’ll move on baby just like you, when the desert floods and the grass turns blue, when a sailing ship don’t need her moon, it’ll break my heart but I’ll get through, someday when I stop loving you.”
The song also includes a fantastic, nearly acoustic production that adds to the emotional level of the song. Carrie is accompanied by a mixture of steel and acoustic guitars as well as a slight drum beat that results in one of the most traditional sounding songs on Play On. The toned down production matches the vocal performance delivered by Underwood and overall creates the best-sounding song on the album.
I’ve alway said Carrie Underwood is one of the finest vocalists in country music and she’s always at her best with more traditional, toned down songs. That’s why songs like “Temporary Home,” “Mama’s Song,” and “Look At Me” are all highlights on an otherwise average album in Play On. However, I think Carrie hits her artistic high with “Someday When I Stop Loving You.” This song, in my opinion, brought out the best of Carrie and I think it deserves to be heard by every country music fan.
So Carrie…if you’re reading this, please do us all a favor and send this brilliant song to country radio because we need a break from the country-pop fluff that’s taken over.