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Carrie Underwood, ‘Something in the Water’ [Listen]

Something in the Water
Arista Nashville

Expect Carrie Underwood’s ‘Something in the Water’ to clean up come 2015 awards season. The new track — her first from an upcoming greatest hits album — is sure to pile up trophies, but not of the sort she’s used to.

While Underwood has preached faith in the past (‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ started her country career), she’s never released what one would think of as a dedicated Christian country song. In fact, the anthemic, mid-tempo super-hymn is a Christian song before it’s a country song. Could this signal a new chapter in the newly pregnant superstar’s career?

Couldn’t fight back the tears, so I fell on my knees / Saying God, if you’re there come and rescue me / Felt love pouring down from above / Got washed in the water, washed in the blood,” Underwood sings to close the second verse of ‘Something in the Water.’

The production of this track stands out above Underwood, Chis DeStefano and Brett James’ songwriting. It’s true to the style the Oklahoma-raised singer introduced on her last album. Mark Bright creates a complex and rich tapestry that swirls between the rare breathes Underwood takes. Her vocal performance is typically stunning and personal.

“And now I’m singing along to ‘Amazing Grace’ / Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face / Got joy in my heart, angels on my side / Thank God almighty, I saw the light / Gonna look ahead no turning back / Live everyday giving all that I have / Trust in someone bigger than me / Ever since the day that I believed,” the 31-year-old preaches during the final verse.

Look for ‘Something in the Water’ to clean up at the next Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. It will also be a good litmus test for where fans of the country format are right now. A powerful song about faith doesn’t always wrap its arms around everyone tuned in during drive time, but in the right climate, it could do very well.

Why Fans Will Love It: There aren’t many (any?) strong faith songs on the radio right now. Fans who like to mix their country and Christian music will appreciate ‘Something in the Water.’

Key Lyrics: “And now I’m changed / And now I’m stronger / There must be something in the water / Oh, there must be something in the water”

Did You Know?: Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher is a big fan of this style of song. The singer tells ToC that “he would love it if I just sang love songs or I started some awesome career in Christian music.”

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