Carrie Underwood reveals her new album cover and title!

Blown Away will be available everywhere on May 1.  The lead single “Good Girl” is out now and currently racing up the country charts!

What do you think of Carrie’s album cover?  Super airbrushed, but that’s to be expected. Very pretty…

Carrie revealed the album piece by piece on her website today, tweeting out clues to her fans.  Carrie hasn’t been on twitter long, but she sure seems to be getting the hang of it.

Press Release:

Nashville, TN- (March 5, 2012) – Since five-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood released her new single, “Good Girl,” to country radio and debuted it at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Country Songs chart, the excitement from her fans continues to grow. Underwood will release Blown Away in stores on May 1.

Earlier today, Underwood released parts of the album cover piece by piece on her official website, revealing a new piece to fans every twenty minutes, stirring excitement amongst fans on Twitter and Facebook. The final album cover and title was just fully revealed on www.CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com .

Blown Away was produced by Mark Bright and is Underwood’s fourth studio album on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. The album cover was shot by renowned photographer Randee St. Nicholas. Fans can pre-order Blown Away now at Carrie’s official music store at http://bit.ly/zkFKBh.

Since releasing Some Hearts in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums with Some Hearts, 2007’s Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On. She’s amassed 14 No. 1 singles, six of which she co-wrote, and became the first country artist in history and the only American Idol winner ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums. Underwood is a five-time Grammy Award winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Huh? Carrie is such a beautiful girl and this face barely looks like her?!

  • Anonymous

    carrie is absolutely gorgeous on the cover of blown away. that said, i prefer the more candid covers of some hearts and play on versus the more photoshootesque covers of carnival ride and blown away.  

  • http://twitter.com/thebluemartini Nicole P.

    Whoa Carrie! :)
    Very different from her previous covers…but still very beautiful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wui-Zhuan-Lim/777616348 Wui Zhuan Lim

    Someone said that :”Carrie’s right arm… Hotter than Angelina’s right leg from the Oscar’s?”
    LOL…
    I have to say, I FREAKIN’ LOVE THIS COVER!!!
    Carrie is more “risky” and “fierce” now in shooting album cover if you compare BLOWN AWAY with SOME HEARTS, CARNIVAL RIDE and PLAY ONE. From Smile, Sweet, to Cool, now it’s SEXINESS plus HOTNESS with beautiful LEGS which will make you BLOWN AWAY FOR SURE!

  • windmills

    Not only was Carrie tweeting out clues, she was also posting along with fans at the fan club. It was a lot of fun. For as long as they took to reveal the album title, she posted that she was refreshing like crazy just like the rest of us despite the fact that she knew the album title!

    Album cover: fits with the idea of an album that has some darker storylines and a body count. I didn’t need the eye makeup to be quite so fierce but oh well. It’s a different look and I still have the Good Girl single cover which I absolutely love. It’ll be interesting to see if Blown Away is a title track or something pulled from a song’s lyrics. I would assume it’s the kind of title that will make more sense after we’ve heard the song.

  • http://twitter.com/bleubebe98 Paulie

    carrie’s channeling angeline jolie w/ that leg pop isn’t she? (or maybe lea michele at the emmys — they practically had the same gowns) :P

    nice cover art. i much prefer the play on cover but if she’s going for the dark and twisted! (as it has been reported RE: some of her songs) then this is an apt depiction.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    It is way too airbrushed but very elegant.  

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Princess Bride meets Charlies Angels meets Lady Godiva.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THIS.

  • http://twitter.com/DanArizmPerez Mauricio Arizmendi

    This is absolutely amazing…the best cover I’ve seen in years (and I am not only talking of Idol albums) She looks so pretty but with a fierce power….amazing, Im Blown Away!

  • Anonymous

    Love the dress, the hair, the setting, the darkness of it, everything but the raccoon eye makeup. It’ll take some getting used to.  Carrie’s beautiful & I would have preferred different makeup but what do you do.

    That said, it does hint of an album with some stormy themes and an edge.  The plot thickens.

  • Anonymous

    dayum. this should be a photoshoot challenge on ANTM: album covers.

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    this might be embarrassing but i wouldn’t recognize her from this photo if i didn’t know it’s her cover

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    I think it is a striking cover and a real departure for Carrie. But, her face doesn’t look like her, to me. Not sure what is off about it, but I didn’t recognize her when I first saw it.   

  • windmills

    Via @Typo21:twitter and a Pulse poster who works at ASCAP, looks like Blown Away might be a title track.

    ASCAP

    Blown Away (Joshua Kear, Chris Tompkins)

    These are the guys who cowrote Before He Cheats. Carrie also cowrote a song for this era with them called Cupid’s Got A Shotgun but it’s not known whether it made the album. There’s also a bunch of songs Carrie cowrote with Josh Kear and either Luke Laird or Hillary Lindsey for this era, including Two Black Cadillacs, One Way Ticket, and Sunburn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammyluebrecht Tammy Luebrecht

    That cover is absolutely stunning!! 

  • Kylee

    Its awesome!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but just no…could they possibly airbrush her any more?

    Carrie’s a stunning woman, why did they feel the need to do this? It doesn’t even look like her

  • Anonymous

    It’s beautiful, but she was photoshopped to the point of being unrecognizable.

  • Anonymous

    WOAH!  She looks like a goddess!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but her face and body just look so awkward.  And Carrie is sooooo pretty.  

  • http://twitter.com/MarieAru23 Marie

    Alright, I’m not a Carrie fan, not even in the least, but that is a gorgeous album cover.

  • Anonymous

    I think CU might have the best legs in the business..

  • Anonymous

    It looks like a poster from a Twilight movie. Just no. Carrie is gorgeous and this makes her unrecognizable.

  • Anonymous

     I’m not too worried about some people not recognizing it is Carrie, since her name is in gigantic print right next to her lol :)

  • Anonymous

    It looks like the make-up artist who worked on her carries a grudge against her.

  • musicality

    Holy Air Brush Batman!! That is some heavy handed airbrushing. The cover sucks. She looks stiff almost like a mannequin. Very unnatural pose. I give it a D-

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TQCAOPSTDX6FT37BDU27QJ7LGQ torin

    Commets on this site always make me go huh? Anyway Carrie is fierce and if the album is going to have some more darker style music on it then the album cover works well for it… It looks like Carrie to me…. love the background and the the cover….

  • Anonymous

    Way too overbrushed and doesn’t look like her at all.  It appears that she’s not even in the country genre anymore by the looks of her gown, legs, etc.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a pretty cover, just maybe they didn’t have to make her skin so tanned and her hair so like the late Farrah Fawcett. Plus, there is a lot of leg showing. 

  • Kesia Monteith

    Look, I like my gloss, and I mean, I like a good glossy photo and a damn good glossy video. This is why I look back at photos of Season 8 and 9, and wonder why these past two seasons we got back to bland one colour backgrounds. But this is what we call freaking animation! That ain’t Carrie. I mean seriously, who the hell is that?! Not only I can’t recognize her, I had to look closely if she even had make up on, or was curious if they used an old photo of her, and just digitally put on her clothes, and put on the background. Was there a point in taking pictures for this cover? I partly don’t like this cover because it is just simply overblown over fancy. Either way, whoever that is, she looks pretty.  

  • Anonymous

    It won’t matter one bit in terms of sales, but she is unrecognizable with the heavier make-up and photoshopping.  But it seems it was an attempt to match the darker themes.

    Not sure how it works in country, but since her single is moving so fast will it stop peaking when the album is released?  Or are they planning to have two singles?

  • Anonymous

    Oooh, I love the setting, everything from waist down  - the flowy dress train, the wild flowers, and ragged ground, so picturesque . I like the font too. I think they’ve gone too far w/ the “fierce” look. The hair & makeup is just to pointy and sharp in contrast to the wavy, softer bottom part of the picture.

  • Anonymous

    lol it looks like carrie to me.. but I’m a huge fan so obviously I can probably recognize her better than someone who doesn’t really follow her…

    but ya obviously it’s airbrushed as are most album covers, I love the direction she’s taken since her idol days… From farm girl to country/pop Diva..

  • Anonymous

    I like the darker, edgier theme.  But they photoshopped Carrie to look like Britney Spears’ twin.

  • Anonymous

    No problem with the airbrushing, or styling, but the awkward body pose is way too stiff. There’s something about her legs that don’t look right, like they were cut and pasted at odd angles/perspective to her torso.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    The problem with the cover is not the photoshopping because that seems to be the case with every cover shot but the horrid makeup. She also looks lifeless and wooden.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Sure doesn’t give me anything close to a country vibe. But then I guess I’m not her target audience.  

  • teacup

    Hopefully a more mature look means she’s going for a more mature sound this time. Can’t wait to hear the album!

    As for the cover I usually replace official album art in my music library anyway. Fans make better covers than the people paid to do it 99% of the time.

  • getgetaway

    I like Carrie, but not liking this cover at all.  It just looks too artificial. 

  • merkureye

    Looks like a darker take on Carnival Ride cover (with more leg!).  I’m liking the cover and can’t wait for the CD on May 1. 

    The new look is predictable given the evolution of Carrie’s persona.  She is a fixture of The Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammys now.  She ain’t in Checotah anymore!  This is a natural progression of the maturity and growth of her career and her life really.  She is transcending Country but that will always be her home. No more sunflowers in her hair.  Leave that to Lauren Alaina.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    She is transcending Country but that will always be her home. No more sunflowers in her hair.  Leave that to Lauren Alaina.

    Really? Transcending country? Into what? There must be a happy medium between whatever country is and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

  • Anonymous

    I guess that makes sense, she’s evolving as a person,  her music is going a little deeper emotionally and and want to have a look that will attract a more diverse audience. She needs to do that especially if she wants to tour overseas the way Taylor does. 

  • LaurelG

    Good for Carrie for taking a risk and going for something different. She’s an artist and that’s what artists do. I applaud that. My only issue is that this doesn’t really look like her. I blame the makeup artist and whoever wielded the airbrush.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like Donna Mills from that old 80s soap Knot’s Landing. lol.  I loved that cheesy show.

  • http://twitter.com/Gemini_Dolly J3%%!C@

    LOVE IT. Best cover shes done.  I love the dress, the dark setting. Yep, its heavily photoshopped, but she looks damn good. I love Carrie is getting more edgy as she gets more experience. Try new things. Loving it. 

  • cwm

    Don’t like it. As others have stated, her pose and makeup make her look stiff, unnatural, artificial, lifeless, wooden… yeah, all that. Add to all that the excessive airbrushing beyond recognizability and it just looks weird to me. Doesn’t draw me in at all – in fact, quite the opposite. Too bad, too, because Carrie is really beautiful, but they WAY overdid this.

  • fwachdr

    Thumbs down…Farrah Fawcett hair…generic face…but pretty gown. I would not recognize her without the name emblazoned across the album.
    Fierce or not, this does not look like her. She is way prettier.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GEE7ION6BPL2BYNNHADS6AVCJM wutwut

    All hail the Queen! I’m so excited for this! Can’t wait for May!

  • iani

    If I would not have known who is in that picture, maybe I would have said, Kim Caldwell with longer hair.
    The picture literally is a “storm”, stormy background, grey blown dress, blown hair, cold, surreal complexity of the face like Adam Lambert’s cover-album FYE. The picture itself is good I think, gorgeous chiffon dress, great body, cold, model-face… I’ve seen so many strange, some obnoxious covers over the internet, this is by far a great cover but it’s not Carrie, the sweet country girl like on the cover of her last album with the daisy in her hair, it’s a Carrie coming from another “world” far from country, pretty intriguing.

    When I saw the picture with that leg, I burst into laughter remembering the jocks around the internet and TV about Anjelina Jolie’s Oscar-red carpet picture and her prosthetic leg, lol, http://goo.gl/z9ogx

  • Nele621

    Those heels must be seven inches. Makes the bottom part of her legs look so short.

    I like the lettering.

  • Listening

    Umm this actually looks photoshopped  and I have no ideal why they did that.

    The cover looks like they pieced together different pictures, Carrie’s  back leg is really strange it’s too small. Also if i’m not mistaken if you trace an imaginary line from her leg to her upper body it doesn’t connect right. Her head and shoulders look like it was attached to a torso which makes her entire middle section look extended just too long. I think they messed up this album cover for no reason.

    It was a good idea but poor execution I would have vetoed that cover and asked them to do it again. Well in the long run it doesn’t matter w/ Carrie it’s what’s inside that counts and i’m sure her songs will be solid. The album will still sell well.

    Oh yeah, one more thing it looks like a romance cover.

  • callmecrazy

    Looks rather like a wax figure(especially the hands) than the real Carrie. 

  • Trina

    lol it looks like carrie to me.. but I’m a huge fan so obviously I can probably recognize her better than someone who doesn’t really follow her…

    I’m a huge fan too but if I didnt know that was a Carrie cover I still would have said “who the hell is that?” I think everything about the style of the cover is gorgeous, Carrie’s look, the background, the overall look EXCEPT her face doesnt look like Carrie. The more I look at it I think she looks like that actress Ali Larter.

  • ronnie

    It’s okay, I like down to earth Carrie a little better than prom Carrie

  • Anonymous

    Carrie is FIERCE.  Capital F-I-E-R-C-E. This is one badasssss cover. She is going to have a helluva run this go around, I just know it. Good Girl smashing on Itunes, and on radio and the charts proves she is more than a pretty face – Carrie is back to kick some ass and take some names. This cover is serving notice. You Go Girl!

  • Anonymous

    I think it looks awesome but I don’t like the eye makeup.

  • Anonymous

    Love Carrie, hate this cover.  It doesn’t even look like her, not at all.  And the pose is terrible.  What in the world were they thinking???

  • Valentin432

    Very different from the first three covers which were variations on sweet all american girl next door. 
    This would make me listen to the album just out of curiosity as to what direction Carrie is going next.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t like the cover – her other covers are so beautiful, this just looks to fake. Oh, well – long as the music is good.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s marketing and PR genius, as well as FIERCE, this cover… I sense her label and mgmt making a conscious effort to have her appeal to an audience outside of country, while still ‘taking care of home’. I sense Carrie and Co. are taking no prisoners this era. From the looks of things, w/her lead single smashing it up out of the gate, this cover is just icing on the cake. It’s an eye catcher – It’s going to look stunning on display and in endcaps in the big boxes when it drops. I feel sorry for anyone else releasing the same time as her. Her country fans are going to be there for her bigtime. She may also get more interest from folks outside of her country base w/this cover. Which may just be the point of it all, lolol… Go on with yo’ bad self Carrie!

  • windmills

    Is it wrong that I read the comments about not recognizing Carrie’s face and immediately thought, “But, her legs are more recognizable!” ? ;)

    I don’t know, I agree with everybody about the cover, I really do. It has aspects I like and aspects I don’t like. I’m basically at “Huh, that’s interesting” and I care way more about the music.

    So, there isn’t much detail on the title track but there was somebody posted at Pulse who, before the final 2 pieces of the album cover were revealed posted:

    I’m going to guess the Title as “Blown Away”

    It turns out he or she’s heard the demo of the song and immediately knew based on the incomplete cover art that it fit that song. Here are the rest of his or her posts:

    I’m certain after hearing ‘Blown Away” you will all be blown away.

    I can’t say anything else other than the song is SO Good
    and I can’t wait to hear Carrie’s voice on it. It’s not anything like
    Good Girl. This song tells a story.

    ^ It’s not really uptempo and it’s not a love ballad. A word to describe it for me is dramatic.

    Yes. I did not know for sure if that song had made
    the cut or not. When she started to reveal the Album cover, I knew it
    immediately. It definitely fits the theme of the song.

    Nothing too specific but the person works at ASCAP and he did correctly guess the title of the album an hour before it was revealed.

    I’m seeing storm clouds gathering and a yellow brick road on the cover. So, I’m guessing Blown Away the song will have some kind of Wizard Of Oz/Dorothy theme. I’m wondering if this is the demo that Carrie says gave her chills and goosebumps and made her call her manager and say she absolutely had to have this song. I’m also guessing it was the other candidate for lead single and will wind up being the 2nd single off the album since Carrie said there were already plans to shoot the video for the 2nd single.

  • Anonymous

    Not exactly a Carrie fan, but I just can’t resist commenting on Idol
    album artwork.(Though I haven’t done this for every single Idol.
    Which reminds me… Adam’s new one is pretty cool. Very striking.)

    Really love the theme of the cover. Kinda looks like the darker twin of Cook’s TLM cover. Loving the fact that her dress looks like a storm cloud. Her facial expression and eye makeup are a little strange, but she’s not unrecognizable. IMO

    I’ll never understand why an Idol album cover has to look like exactly like the genre of music they sing. Just like I’ll never understand why a pic can scream a certain genre of music that the singer in question probably won’t be making. All I care about is if it’s eye catching, creative, and not overly edited. More casual fans aren’t going to go “This album doesn’t look country enough! I’m so not buying it!” This is Carrie we’re talking about. People are going to buy her album in droves no matter it looks like. Her songs are supposed to be darker this time around right? The initial theme of the music is represented well by the tone of the cover art. That’s all that really matters. And the font’s big enough. Which I’ve noticed is very important in Idol land. lol I get why a big deal is made over it though. Good advertising.

    OT. Would love it if Kris and Haley revealed their album covers in a
    similar fashion. Not expecting a big reveal for either though. Sigh… I wish they both had a professional type of fan club like Carrie does.(At least Kris has Little Pawns. Though I doubt they’ll get to reveal the cover art.)Carrie’s team seems very organized regarding announcements like this. Wish all the Idol’s could receive Carrie and Kelly level treatment regarding certain things. Online stores for one.

  • Anonymous

    Tks for this background info – it adds a new dimension to the imagery on the cover… I think the cover, Photoshop and all, is great. All eyes are focused on Carrie, I like the composition, the dress is DIVINE… Carrie, like Kelly, is on another planet when it comes to the levels of marketing and PR and attention to the details showered upon them when they launch. Kelly’s a pop superstar, Carrie is a country superstar, and I like watching them getting the royal treatment – they’re more than pretty faces, they got the goods. Gives those who may have other faves something to aspire or look forward to *wink*

  • Anonymous

     

    The cover looks like they pieced together different pictures, Carrie’s 
    back leg is really strange it’s too small. Also if i’m not mistaken if
    you trace an imaginary line from her leg to her upper body it doesn’t
    connect right. Her head and shoulders look like it was attached to a
    torso which makes her entire middle section look extended just too long.

    This.  That back leg really throws the whole thing off.  It’s like they took a picture of her leaning backwards, and one of her leaning forwards, then combined the legs from one, and the upper body from the other.  Just mismatched.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    Hate the cover.  Shes not recognizable to me.  Shes so pretty she doesnt need to be  airbrushed to death and made to look like a mannequin.  I dont know how the country crowd will take to this.  I dont like the single either but hoping the rest of the album is Carrie. 

  • Anonymous

    I love Carrie to death, but this does not look like her. At all. 

  • Anonymous

    … from the looks of how Good Girl is taking off – I think Country is taking to it just fine, lol… No worries at all about Country loving this CD. It will be that audience outside of Country that Good Girl appeals to that will be interesting. Carrie (thank goodness) isn’t an alum we’ll be wringing our hands over while watching charts, or coming up w/more and more creative ways to spin subpar or mediocre single or CD performances. She is beyond all that Idol centric  rigamarole, and for that I’m thankful.  It’s random as hell, but MC Hammer comes to mind when looking at this cover, and looking ahead to her era – Can’t Touch This!

  • Anonymous

    ya carrie really is so far beyond american idol it’s not even funny to be honest…She goes way beyond the AI fanbase… The only other ‘american idol” you can also say that for is KC…

  • Anonymous

    Yes – agree about the romance cover – was the first thing that entered my mind.  Re:  legs – think Carrie is a bit bow-legged which exaggerates the distortion of leg/upper body connection.  It’s just not done very well – nothing elegant about it – looks cheap.
    But a lot of people like it so in that sense it’s done its job.   

  • OffLeash

    Wow! Doesn’t look like Carrie at all. Looks like the love child of Farrah Fawcett and Britney Spears. I don’t understand why they made her unrecognizable. Carrie is so naturally gorgeous. 

  • Anonymous

    it’s pretty but I didn’t recognize her!

  • Anonymous

    Carrie is really beautiful, but this doesn’t even look like her face – it’s Martina McBride’s face! (who is also very beautiful though!)
    http://i42.tinypic.com/fvegso.jpg

  • too-cool-for-school

    She looks plastic. :(
    I like her other album covers far more.

  • hayes

    Carrie is gorgeous as always. Yeah it’s airbrushed as hell, yeah it kinda doesn’t look like her, but I don’t really care. Album covers have very little thing to do with how I view an artist.

    Now that that’s done.. gimme the track list and the preview clips yo!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I haven’t read any of the comments here, but on first look, this cover reminds me of a romance novel cover.  lol  Carrie is a beautiful woman, but they have caught her in an awkward pose and airbrushed her so much that I really didn’t recognize her.  I really don’t think that this cover pic is flattering at all.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take the 5th on this one! 

  • Anonymous

    I love the Good Girl cover so much more, you can see Carrie’s face clearly.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I know, original thought…but I really can’t even recognize that as her. Secondly, good to know that Carrie can be as “sex sells!!” as the next woman. Because I effing love that sentiment. Oh wait. 

    All of that being said, it won’t matter as long as her music is good  enough to get played, and her label is behind her enough to promote the hale out of it. Which of course they are, and they will. 

    With the cover, either it’s fake, or Carrie is, because that just doesn’t seem like who she is. So yeah, not a fan of it. But it is still just a cover. I’ll wait for the music.  Though “Good Girl” as the first single? might seem to signal that Carrie wants to portray herself as having and edge. Which yeah, I think sharp cheddar cheese has more of an edge and bite than Carrie does, or ever will have. “Before He Cheats” was even a stretch to me. 

  • Anonymous

     Finally, an album cover that highlights Carrie’s legs, the best in entire country music world! lol. I don’t mind the airbrushing of Carrie’s picture, she looks great any day! While it does not look like a cover for a country music album, I don’t think it really matters. Taylor Swift’s album cover for Speak Now looks like it was taken from a fragrance ad and cover for a romance novel. Yet, the album (in both its cover and music), was actually classified as country!

  • sf3456

    I’m an album title nut.  Sometimes the title grabs me more than the cover.  Not liking the title.  From Some Hearts to Carnival Ride to Play On to Blown Away?  I don’t know. 

    And I’m iffy on the cover.  Yes, it’s airbrushed to hell but it just looks weird.  It does look like the cover of a romance novel or a movie poster for some romantic drama.

  • Anonymous

    Someone needs to photoshop Fabio coming up over the ridge behind her. lol  Sorry Carrie.  Love you, though!

  • TwigLA

    sf3456, that is EXACTLY what I thought. It looks like the cover of a cheesy romance novel.

    Carrie’s arms are just awkward in this picture. 

  • Anonymous

    I say let’s revisit this cover, and it’s effect, after she cracks platinum, lol…  Then we’ll compare /assess the impact her cover has had on her sales and chart positions with other Idols releasing… My gut tells me Carrie’s getting ready to lay down a butt kicking, again, (TM Forrest Gump) that’s gonna silence a lot of spinmasters here and elsewhere – but I’ll be patient and await the results. The woman has been frighteningly consistent in delivering stellar sales, she’s established an unassailable record in delivering when and where it counts – on the charts, in concert sales, etc… Idolville is the only place Ive seen that called ‘boring’.  The real world calls that ‘successful’. I’m gonna enjoy tracking Carrie’s era,  umm hmm :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What have sales or “spin” to do with whether or not people like the cover?  I know that my opinion won’t change no matter how commercially successful this album is.

  • Anonymous

     It just makes me wonder from the tenor of some comments about the cover, and about Carrie in general historically, if even she would have won Idol, or gotten votes from the audience that seems to prefer the WGWG model that has been winning, but has been no where near as successful as she has been. It’s fun to read actually. I exclude Scotty from that, because he is on track to break out of that mold.  Shoot, The album covers of some recent alums have been wayyyyyy worse in style and composition than this one – Carrie’s is downright tasteful and refined compared to those, lol… It’s all about the Benjamin’s anyway, she has been producing them, consistently, regardless of the cover on her CD’S – and I predict she’ll do the same w/this one… in other words, what any of us still playing in Idolville think about it don’t really mean jack, cause she gonna keep on doing what she do —> kicking butt. I like folks who can do that, w/o having to think much about it :)

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking the same thing, fuzzywuzzy.  I thought we were discussing the cover, not Carrie’s music. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t know what you mean by the “tenor” of some of the comments (I honestly haven’t read them all), but personally, I’m simply expressing my honest opinion about the picture.  

    Shoot, The album covers of some recent alums have been wayyyyyy worse in
    style and composition than this one – Carrie’s is downright tasteful
    and refined compared to those, lol..

    So?  What has that got to do with people’s opinion of THIS cover?

    It’s all about the Benjamin’s
    anyway, she has been producing them, consistently, regardless of the
    cover on her CD’S – and I predict she’ll do the same w/this one… in
    other words, what any of us still playing in Idolville think about it
    don’t really mean jack, cause she gonna keep on doing what she do
    —> kicking butt. I like folks who can do that, w/o having to think
    much about it :)

    Again, I don’t see what the commercial success of an album/artist has to do with people’s opinion of the cover.  I’m a bit confused at the suggestion that it should have an effect or that those opinions should be modified or impacted by the degree of commercial success, or that opinions are driven by “playing in Idolville” and are, therefore, worthless.  Huh?

  • Tess

    I agree with you, what does Carrie’s status in both the real world of music and the Idol bubble have to do with what is on her album cover.  For me, the cover is sorta “laughable”, like a movie poster gone too far over the edge and more about “it” then what it is supposed to represent.

    Personally, if Carrie’s name wasn’t in big letters I would wonder which “romantic novel” this was supposed to represent (and where is the handsome lover with the lecherous look).  I also get a OTT Faith Hill vibe (though I don’t think Faith ever went this far on a cover).

    It would be fun to see the actual photographs that were taken for this before the “touch up artist” got their hand on it….bet those are much more representative of Carrie. For me this is a great big NO….but then I don’t buy albums because of the cover (and haven’t since The Pink Floyd days which are works of art).

  • Anonymous

    Kind of dramatic.  Sort of a combo between romance novel and fashion shoot.
    Not the best Idol cover but far from the worst.

  • Banished

    Heck, who am I to judge? I wish I could look like that!! No airbrush could ever make me look that gorgeous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amirabdulrahim Amir Hazwan Abdul Rahim

    This is laughable LOL 
    Adam’s laughable LMAOROFLPMSLHAHAHAH 

  • YankeeFan08

    Oh my, that’s a lot of airbrushing.  Actually it’s beyond airbrushing.  What did they do to her face?  Good thing Carrie’s name is in big letters because she is unrecognizable here.  And yes, as others have said, it looks like the cover of a cheesy romance novel.

  • Ringo

    I buy all my music on-line and, before that, on CD’s.  I cannot remember even noticing the covers of albums during that time.  Now vinyl covers, we used to pour over them for hours, but not now.  So, much of these comments seem to be oddly obsessive.  I do think the Carrie cover reminds me alot of the Lauren A. cover — surrealistic rather than natural, more of a cartoonish fantasy than straight photography, definitely a portrayal that’s hard to recognize.  With that said, I wonder what the songs sound like.  That’s always been why I bought albums.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5WIQPFXDKN3VQPEVL347RUSZ64 Sher

    I can hardly recognize her and the pose looks kind of awkward.  Not a fan of the cover at all.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    My first impression was of a computer adventure game of some sort – possibly with vampires. :) I get the look, just don’t quite relate it to Carrie.

  • Anonymous

    Funny because Carrie probably needs very little rbrushing. Some other Idols for sure but not her. Anyway with her single off to a great start it looks like Carrie’s career is still solid.

  • http://twitter.com/leilamaurizia2 leilamaurizia

    I’m also guessing it was the other candidate for lead single and will wind up being the 2nd single off the album since Carrie said there were already plans to shoot the video for the 2nd single.

    IA.  Also, suddenly everything makes more sense.  Early on in the album process, she said she presented to the label execs and they were blown away.  I assume they heard “Blown Away,” the song.  Turns out Carrie was already hinting at what the planned lead single at that time was. 

  • windmills

    leilamaurizia: IA.  Also, suddenly everything makes more sense.  Early on in the album process, she said she presented to the label execs and they were blown away.  I assume they heard “Blown Away,” the song.  Turns out Carrie was already hinting at what the planned lead single at that time was.

    IA and you know what this means, right? Every single blog or FC post Carrie makes may have a coded message. We’re going to have to read those things backwards and forwards and drive ourselves even crazier looking for secret hints.

    I wasn’t too thrilled about Blown Away as an album title but I think this may be one of those situations where both the album title and cover make a lot more sense after the album comes out. 

  • http://twitter.com/leilamaurizia2 leilamaurizia

    IA and you know what this means, right? Every single blog or FC post Carrie makes may have a coded message. We’re going to have to read those things backwards and forwards and drive ourselves even crazier looking for secret hints.

    Well, at least she clarified that the constant use of “soon” wasn’t a hint.  She just deliberately uses that word because she knows it drives the fans crazy.  Who knew she could be so evil? :p 

    I wasn’t too thrilled about Blown Away as an album title but I think this may be one of those situations where both the album title and cover make a lot more sense after the album comes out.

    IA, again.  TBH, I had low expectations when the title of “Good Girl” was revealed as the lead single.  I mean, come on, Good Girl?!  Turns out I love the song and it sounded very different from what I was expecting.

    I’ve said it before (to fischbone) and I’ll say it again… I have a very, very good feeling about this album era.  Will it be the album I’ve been dreaming of from Carrie?  Probably not.  I realistically expect that from her maybe a decade from now (and the producer will be either Frank Lidell, Vince Gill or Allison Krauss with Matraca Berg among the writers, hehe).  BUT, I do think there will be significant growth and like I said on Pulse, I love how everything feels new and different.

  • Anonymous

     OMG. You have me so excited now. I can NOT wait to hear all the other tracks, especially the title track. GAHHHHHHH!

  • Anonymous

    Like this? :)

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2cqxrpf.jpg

    (I don’t know why the image posted twice – it’s the same one)

  • Anonymous

    That’s so awesome!  You rock! 

  • Anonymous

     Thank you, I’m glad you liked it. I wouldn’t have done it if you hadn’t mentioned it.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

     Whoa! That’s scarey! But very well done. :)

  • Anonymous

    LOL! Fabio should be so lucky.

  • sf3456

    That is awesome.  Fabio just fits right up in there.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, sf3456. Computers make stuff like that there so much easier and faster. Easy to add a missing person to a family group picture, too. :)