Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: "Church Bells” by Carrie Underwood

By Becca P.

“ Church Bells” sung by Carrie Underwood may start with a marriage, but the narrator Jenny finds another way to make those church bells ring. Carrie Underwood, a country singer and songwriter, has written yet another toe-tapping, story-telling song.

Carrie Underwood has produced many number one songs. Some of her best known works are “ Before He Cheats,” “ Cowboy Casanova,” and “Last Name.” “Church Bells” her new number 1 song is from her album “Storyteller.” Underwood has been in the music business since 2005, when she won American Idol and is now known as one of the most successful female music artists in any genre.

The song “Church Bells” first tells about a little about a girl named Jenny and how she grew up. It then goes on to tell us about how she meets a rich man and she thinks it's all, “roses, dripping in diamonds, sipping on champagne.” As the song progresses, it tells us that the perfect guy “was always getting way too drunk.” Jenny was always, “bruises, covered in makeup, dark sunglasses.” Then Jenny finally gets fed up with all the abuse and, “slips something in his Tennesse whiskey no law man was ever gonna find.” Underwood and fellow writer Zach Crowell very strategically lay out the entire song for us, as if it was a story and not a song. When they lay it out in such a way it's easier for the listener to better understand what the meaning of the song is.

The song argues, never allow a man to overpower you. If he tries to overpower you in an abusive sort of way, get out of the relationship as fast as possible. Never allow it to be able to get to that point. Never allow it to get to where you have to take matters into your own hands and doing something that can get you into major trouble if anyone ever happened to find out.  

High school and college-aged females would really enjoy this song. They would especially enjoy this song if they are in to upbeat country music that has a strong deep meaning to it. This song would be a good one for someone who doesn’t have a super strong personality and who doesn’t think that they have the power to stand up for themselves and get out of tough or bad situations on their own.

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