Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” tastes like sweet revenge and adds to her growing body count of no good men. The singer’s fictional story of a poor girl named Jenny quickly takes a dark turn, and the singer celebrates her antagonist’s inevitable fate.
Underwood is a strong storyteller, and on “Church Bells” she injects new drama into an oft-told tale. The Dixie Chicks “Goodbye Earl” relies on the same plot points, with Earl’s fate being the same as the oil baron in this song. We cheer for the victim, who becomes the aggressor during a final verse. Of course, we don’t know for sure what happened … wink, wink
A well-crafted backstory pins the song in fantasy and vivid details (“dripping in diamonds”) bring the whole thing to life. Jenny may not be a girl we know, but she’s someone we’ve seen on screen before. It’s here Underwood was right in saying this third single from Storyteller is her version of Reba McEntire’s “Fancy.” Both marry up, although one is better, for it while the other most definitely is not. Until she suddenly is. Expect the song to perform well on country radio, even if it’s not one that pushes her artistry forward as much as others on her most recent studio album.
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