I’m glad you are going to get to see her Live, cause believe me it is well worth it. Here is an example of the types of reviews she has been getting night after night. This was just last night in Tucson.Originally Posted by candimichele;2966018;
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REVIEW: Carrie Underwood "delicious," in first Tucson concert
By Cathalena E. Burch
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 05.03.2008
It was the ultimate diva moment.
A darkened Tucson Arena illuminated by the blue-red flicker of cell phone cameras.
The crowd of 7,000 scanned the stage, then the catwalk jutting out a good 25 yards.
Where was she coming from?
As her band of twenty-something players lit into the opening chords of the rocking pop-country song “Flat On the Floor,” Carrie Underwood emerged from beneath the catwalk, nearest the stage.
The screams and applause were so loud you could barely hear her sing: “I’m flat on the floor / With my head down low / Where the sky can’t rain on me anymore.”
Everything about the grand entrance shouted diva. So did her outfit — skin-tight black jeans and tight-fitting black tank top, sequined belt and dangling loop earrings.
But there was something deliciously naive about the former “American Idol.” Despite four outfit changes, dazzling light effects, a hip young band and the catwalk, she still came across as a young woman feeling her way in a world thrust upon her only three short years ago.
Several times throughout Underwood’s 90-minute concert Friday — her first Tucson appearance — she found herself rambling about how she got to be on that stage. She takes none of it for granted, she said more than once, punctuating the emotion with her self-penned ode to her hometown, “I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore.”
“Everything just happened so fast over the past few years,” she explained, and the female-heavy audience cheered. “I know how lucky I am to be able to get up here and do what I do.”
Underwood drew from her growing catalog of pop country ballads, uptempo romps and snarky breakup songs for a show that kept the audience on its feet most of the night.
The concert was skewed more for women as she sang about not wanting to wake up and find her life had been “Wasted” and taking a key to the souped up truck of a lover who doesn’t think “Before He Cheats.”
“I have a question for the girls in Tucson: How are the guys here?” she asked and the ladies’ response was a sad coin-toss.
“Boys, boys, you’re not getting good reviews here,” Underwood said, then sang about how “The More Boys I Meet,” the more I like my dog.
Most of the seats in the arena were empty as Underwood sang her uptempo songs — “All American Girl,” “Long Gone Baby,” “Last Name.” The audience even stood for Underwood’s gospel hit “Jesus Take the Wheel,” watching as the singer closed her eyes, raised her hands and swayed to the song’s inspired message.
The crowd sat down when she slowed the tempo for “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” a song best-suited for next weekend’s Mother’s Day. As Underwood was about to arch into a higher register of her soprano range for the song’s final chorus, 9-year-old Gabriel Welch and his 10-year-old brother R.J. waved Gabriel’s homemade sign: “Will you wait 9 years for me?” Underwood must not have seen it; she seemed lost in the song.
Underwood’s encore took a hard turn from country — a roaring take on Guns ‘n Roses’ rocker “Paradise City.” With the lead guitarist dishing out crunchy, screaming licks behind her, Underwood smacked hands with fans lining the catwalk and affected an admirable hard rock-worthy wail.
When she returned to the stage, we realized something un-diva-like: she was barefoot.
Country crooner Josh Turner opened the show with a 40-minute set grounded in country’s traditional roots.
Like Underwood, he worked the catwalk, squeezing fans’ outstretched hands as he sang the sexually-charged invitation “Your Man” in his trademark smooth, twangy baritone.
Other highlights included his honky-tonk trailer-park ode “Trailerhood” and the inspirational gospels “Long Black Train” and “Me and God.”