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Single Review: “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood

March 14, 2008

Carrie returns to the bad ass vocal performance that made “Before He Cheats” such a hot single for her on multiple charts. Like many other songs that have inevitably become hits, this song is very reminiscent to a former classic, Alan Jackson’s “I Don’t Even Know You’re Name”. The difference is that this song is much more bad ass and take things from the perspective of a woman who has made the mistake of meeting a man, not asking his last name and in the end discovering she got so wasted she married him unintentionally and doesn’t even know her own last name because of it. This song is very entertaining and catchy and a brings a comedic feel to Carrie that only adds to her growth as an artist, but there are many aspects that keep it from being great. First off it is in fact a carbon copy of Alan’s solid country hit from years ago. Second the song is a vocal copy of “Before He Cheats” and while it supports Carrie’s ability to perform such songs it doesn’t introduce much of anything new from her at all. Third it’s not very “Carrie” at all. With the understanding that Carrie uses songs like this to prove she’s not all just the good old blond country girl stereotype, this song just doesn’t seem to fit Carrie’s personality in any way. Of course this will probably be a sure fire hit and will make her appearance more apparent on multiple song charts, but this is probably the least deserving single Carrie has ever released and its the first time I actually question the relevance or purpose behind her recording t at all. It is catchy and rebellious and would be a great single for any woman trying to prove herself, but it just seems very superfluous and out of place for Carrie at this point.

Grade: C

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  1. bobby permalink
    March 14, 2008 6:32 pm

    listening to this song, it doesnt sound bad, but when i stop to think about it the only thing it really has going for it is a fun beat and a good voacl preformance. it is the same as alan jackson’s song and it is poorly written. i agree that it’s purpose is to make her not seem like a good girl so much, but this sound like before he cheats.

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