"I feel like a lot of the songs that I wrote and gravitated to ended up being more traditional and “twangy” than anything I have ever done before. I just went with it! I love the story telling aspect of country music…it’s one of the reasons I always wanted to be a part of it."
This song reflects that. "Smoke Break" is a country song, but it is a bit louder and brasher than Underwood usually tends to go. The rock influence is clear, especially in the chorus. The beginning of the track is a bit more traditional Carrie Underwood, with the third person perspective that she has taken in some of her hits like "Temporary Home." The chorus starts with her belting, "I don't drink / but sometimes I need a stiff drink." It is a change of topic for Underwood, who has normally gone for the more family friendly topics.
But then again, this could be a good sign. As mentioned before, Underwood has stated that this new record is definitely the most country she has ever gone. She has always had the pop influence in her songs, even from day one on American Idol. But now, she's singing a song that's not very family friendly, that's not pop radio friendly. We already lost Taylor, so maybe this is a sign that we are not going to lose Carrie. Although this song doesn't quite match up to 'Something in the Water" and "Little Toy Guns," it's reassuring to learn that country music is going to hang onto it's biggest female star for quite a while.
Overall rating: 4 crowns