Daisy in her hair apart, Carrie Underwood appears flat-out glamorous on the quilt of Play On, which is a reasonably honest indication of what awaits listeners on her third album. Carrie remains to be nominally a rustic artist and generally will sing supported by fiddles and metal guitar, however that is crossover pop pure and easy, whether or not it is the thundering rhythms on the Shania-styled strut “Cowboy Casanova” or the succession of maudlin melodies on the preponderance of energy ballads. Many of those overwrought ballads are infused with a heavy-handed social consciousness — Carrie decries starvation on “Change” and homelessness on “Short-term Residence” — sadly paying homage to Idol Offers Again, and so they’re not the one AmIdol connection right here, as fourth wheel Kara DioGuardi co-wrote the strained sassiness of “Undo It” and the sticky, cheesy “Mama’s Tune” with Underwood herself. Carrie takes a a lot stronger presence as a author right here, co-authoring seven of the 13 songs, and she or he’s drawn to hookless showstoppers designed to showcase her highly effective voice, all glory notes with no glory. When she sticks to tunes written solely by the professionals, Play On does have some slick pleasures, significantly on the breezy “Quitter” and “This Time,” songs constructed on strong melodies and delivered with out flash, counting on craft and Carrie‘s appreciable small-town appeal — a present that continues to be intact regardless of the misguided try on the remainder of Play On as if she’s nothing however a diva.