Review – Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad”
“I got a real good feeling something bad’s about to happen” is the lyrical hook of Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s much-anticipated duet “Something Bad” which is set to appear on Miranda’s new album Platinum, and was just released as a single. And when the duo debuted the song on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, something bad did happen.
Much talk and hand-wringing had preceded this collaboration in the weeks after it was announced, and in the weeks leading up to its debut on the Billboard Awards. But the performance had many fans of both artists wondering just what the hell they were seeing and hearing transpire on the MGM Stage in Las Vegas. Ahead of the performance, some were calling this collaboration historic, legendary, and overdue. The idea was that the current dominant style of music known as “bro-country” had so corrupted country music’s airwaves and relegated virtually all country female performers to a lower class, it needed an antidote, a power-packed one-two punch of country music female stardom that could show the boys that the women of country mean business. But instead we got flailing hair, screamed lyrics, and a loss of melody that made the song and performance smack of some 80’s era mashup between Aerosmith and Joan Jett.
Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood to Battle Bro-Country with “Something Bad”
In lieu of the duo battling bro-country with the brawn of their sheer star talent and doing what they do best, which is wowing audiences with singing prowess and powerful lyricism, Carrie and Miranda stole plays straight out of the bro-country coloring book and descended into vapid and story-less rhythmic superfluousness complete with unnecessary gesticulations and other showy nonsense that illustrated how amateurish and under-practiced they are at being really bad.
“Something Bad” is buoyed by a fun-enough and catchy “wo-ow-ow” chant that garnered some sympathy clapping from the Billboard Awards crowd and will certainly earn the studio version a few fans, but the machine-gun, pseudo-rapped Aerosmith-esque verses were anemic from their lack of substantive material. The song has a goodly amount of awkward, empty space in the middle of it for some reason, and even if all the elegance hadn’t been drained from the vocals, the key chosen and the style of the song in no way complimented either lady’s natural strengths, and made the tone and character of their performances virtually interchangeable.
With “Something Bad” it is a scenario where two big sums equal something much less than their individual parts. In fact the song offers the scary prospect that in the face of continued low-performing results from country music’s women, they will be forced to not only cross genres like is done in this rock-like and rap-like mono-genre mess, but also cross chromosome lines and start having to ape the boy’s adolescent behavior to buy attention. “Something Bad” felt like when the sweet girl next door tries to play the slut to land her beau, and smears the lipstick and stumbles in her high heels. Sure, Carrie and Miranda looked ravishing, but it was hiding a really, really bad hair day.
The studio version reveals a little more production value, but just about the same level of disappointment.
You’ll get ’em next time girls. But this one was more rough than a peanut patty goober side up.
1 3/4 of 2 guns down.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:21 pm
that actually kind of reminded me of that florida george line video with the party in the semi or whatever?
May 18, 2014 @ 9:26 pm
In the YouTube comments for this song someone made and observation that the song sounds alot like “Lost Child” by Aerosmith.
May 19, 2014 @ 7:14 am
I agree. The chorus does remind me of the verses in Last Child (gotta get back to my sweet Sassafrass-ay!).
August 20, 2014 @ 10:38 am
Wrong about sounding like Aerosmith! Check out The Pretty Reckless song, “heaven knows” released in nov 2013 whereas lambert and underwoods little ditty was released in march 2014. “heaven knows” is a real ballkicker, unlike this vapid little wanna be rock duet by these ladies!!
May 18, 2014 @ 9:27 pm
Something Bad did happen. The song (live anyway) sucked! They both looked great, but got knocked out within 3 minutes of the first round. Country please bring on a new batch of female artists. Maybe the actual recording is better. Who knows? But it was a big let down.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:44 pm
We have Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe they just have to get radio play.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:33 pm
Did this remind anyone else of a couple girls trying out for their high school talent show? It was bad on so many levels it’s not even funny. I kind of lost some respect for Miranda for taking part in this
May 18, 2014 @ 9:37 pm
Shame, I actually feel that this two have a good collaboration in them, this just wasn’t it. Though given the extremely negative reaction is getting by fans on both artist facebook page, I have a feeling this won’t be around very long.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:45 pm
Digital sales will decide the single’s fate, I’m certain.
If they prove to be steadily robust, I think it’ll be more than enough to eclipse the abysmal reviews across social media.
But if they prove to be middling, I’m predicting a chart run similar to that of “Feel Like A Rock Star”: another leviathan duet featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw that debuted in the Top Fifteen of the Hot Country Airplay chart upon release, only to peak less than two months later at almost the exact same position outside the Top Ten.
May 18, 2014 @ 10:15 pm
I’m seeing much more negative reaction for this than there was for Eric Church’s “The Outsiders”. Some sales will be driven strictly on the curiosity factor from all the negativity and water cooler talk. This song is getting torched in social media like I’ve never seen this side of Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky 2” remix , and from two fan bases that usually circle wagons and very likeable artists.
May 18, 2014 @ 10:41 pm
I don’t disagree with you on its reception. I just noticed the top-“Liked” comment on Miranda Lambert’s Facebook Fan Page relevant to the song’s premiere was “What in the hell happened to country music???” at 159……….while the distant-second was a still-scathing “Country music is straying from country…we need more duets like Reba and Linda Davis’s ‘Does He Love You'” at 51.
The point I’m making is that, despite the solid front-loaded sales out of the gate, “The Outsiders” levelled out to more tepid territory for most the remainder of its commercial run. Its sales couldn’t keep pace with the hype over a longer period of time.
However, if “Somethin’ Bad” bucks the abysmal-at-best reviews among fans (and, perhaps, radio listeners) and gets enormous and steady sales akin to those of “Good Girl” or “Blown Away” from Underwood’s previous album, or “Mama’s Broken Heart” from Lambert’s previous album……………radio will likely cave in to those results and push this toward the summit of the airplay chart as well.
It’s important to realize that, while on the subject of callout surveys, Hunter Hayes received very poor callout for “I Want Crazy”………….and that didn’t stop that release from becoming a #1 hit. Because its sales were pretty solid in large part, if not the main reason altogether.
Jake Owen’s “Beachin'” is another perfect, as well as current, example. If you look at callout research for this release, the response was intensely poor. Yet, Owen is currently positioned in the Top Five among “country” releases on the iTunes Country chart, and in the Top Thirty of all genres combined. Hence, why the single is just storming up the airplay chart despite all the negative reviews surrounding Owen’s talk-rap verse vocals in the vein of Shawn Mullins, in particular.
In contrast, “Feel Like A Rock Star” never caught a second wind because its sales were mediocre. Same with “Truck Yeah”, and “1994”.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:40 pm
Two Guns Way Down Here.
There’s no saving grace to my ears here; knowing both these women have proven capable of better (particularly Lambert). I thought “Last Name” was absurdly loud, but this sounds even more cluttered and obnoxious for all the wrong reasons. Underwood was off-key in her performance. Lambert lacked the personality many of her performances benefit from. And from what I was able to make out in the lyrics, it is insulting to the intelligence.
Hopefully history will repeat itself and Lambert will choose to release the best from “Platinum” as the latter singles; much like “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “All Kinds of Kinds” brought out the best in “Four The Record” while its first three singles brought out the worst. But I remain a bit worried about “Platinum” when two of the song titles in its track listing bolster gratuitous profanity and many of the remaining titles also seem to at least semi-pander to the most obvious of genre tropes. Here’s hoping I’m pleasantly surprised.
May 19, 2014 @ 5:34 am
I think by recording Brent Cobb’s “Old Shit” she was trying to find something that sounded like “Same Old You” from “Four The Record.” And I wouldn’t be surprised if the “Gravity Is A Bitch” song has a sound similar to “Easy Living” as they were both written by her and Scotty Wray.
I agree that “Over You” and “Fastest Girl In Town” were weak cuts from “Four The Record,” but they were the most accessible selections. Besides “Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad,” my guess is that the album’s title cut and possibly “Priscilla” will be singles as well. I think “Platinum” will be a single since one of the lines in the chorus is “What doesn’t kill you makes you blonder.” Even without hearing the music to this one I can see radio loving it. I don’t know much about “Priscilla” except that it’s about the tabloid fodder that she’s been subjected to regarding her marriage. I also feel that “Girls” will be a throwaway cut but you never know.
May 20, 2014 @ 10:16 am
I like Automatic..not really feeling this duet though and I like some of Underwood’s and Lambert’s music
May 18, 2014 @ 9:45 pm
Please haters. It was a fantastic performance! It is getting nothing but love on twitter! Who is trashing it on facebook? Disgruntled taylor fans? Please. It is a really fun song and they sang it well. Not every song needs to change the world. Can’t people just have fun without ripping everything and everyone apart??? Ps- implying that they looked like sluts was way over the top and offensive.
May 18, 2014 @ 10:20 pm
With all due respect Alley, I think you have to take a more honest look how the fans are taking this. Sure there is some positivity surrounding it, and if you like the song, that’s all that matters. And I agree, not every song has to change the world. But even as one who was disappointed in the song, I am surprised and shocked how negatively fans of both girls took it.
I apologize if you feel like I implied they looked like sluts, but I think to draw that conclusion, you have to connect some dots that are not there. I have nothing but respect for both Carrie and Miranda, and for women in general.
May 18, 2014 @ 11:03 pm
Why would Taylor fans trash this duet? Why is everything that goes wrong in Carrie Underwood’s career always the fault of a Taylor Swift fan. Carrie is a big girl, she can stand on her own and Taylor’s fans are too busy attending her concerts and buying her albums and singles to worry about what Carrie is doing. The performance was honestly not good, I have HD tv and sound. Perhaps those that thought it was good do not have a great tv. If you were watching it threw a tin can with horrible sound, yes you could preceive it as good. But watching it on a great tv with great sound the performance was such a let down especially with all the tweets saying how great and much of a showstopper it was going to be. If you go to Miranda’s facebook page, it is her fans who are disappointed. Carries fans on facebook did not like it either. Perhaps the people on twitter were drunk or something, cuz the folks on facebook saw what I saw. They looked like a female version of flordia georgia line, perhaps that’s is why he looked to be enjoying.
May 19, 2014 @ 5:23 am
I agree; “sluts” is a little offensive. They actually looked more like prostitutes
May 19, 2014 @ 6:49 am
Trig never said they were sluts..But Alley just did!
And I’m the furthest thing from a Taylor fan,but she would never partake in something this horrible just to keep up with the boys.She don’t have to.Neither does Carrie or Miranda..But THEY did..
May 19, 2014 @ 1:46 pm
To quote Alan Jackson – “I’m not saying everything has to sound like Hank Williams, but some of it should”.
The point we are trying to make is that none of it sounds real anymore, it’s all manufactured music. If this is the type of music Carrie Underwood wants to sing, hey all the power to her. All I ask is she go and do it on the pop charts where it needs to be and where she needs to be, but I think the reason why she does not is because she cannot compete with the Katy Perry’s of the world so she calls herself “Country”. There are a lot of young talented “real” female country singers that do not get a fair chance because they are not willing to sell out. Ladies like Katrina Elam, Ashley Monroe or Jana Kramer even.
Like Trigger, I had very high hopes for this song, thinking that these two would step up in a big way. And did I ever get let down. But I guess I really should’ve expected this.
I don’t know what was worse, this performance or seeing Florida Georgia Line win country song of the year, a duet with a hip hop artist and then have that one member that looks like the chick from Wendy’s step up and say thank you to pop radio.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
Are they so surrounded by “yes” men that nobody told them this is a bad song. I would have expected
this from Carrie after listening to her with Steven Tyler but Miranda ugh…..shame on you, as a matter fact shame on me for hoping for something better. And who dressed Miranda? In the words Marlon Brando the horror, the horror.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
Carrie was Not off key! That is comeete bs! I think your hate for carrie makes you hear things that do not exist. Carrie is a great vocalist and I don ‘t think I have ever heard her off key! She sounded great! I swear- this site is pretty much an excuse for The I Hate Carrie Underwood club to convene. Do you have pins and voodoo dolls too? Or just nasty insults??
May 18, 2014 @ 10:39 pm
I wanted this collaboration to work. I wanted it for Carrie, for Miranda, and for country music. I wanted it to work so bad, I wrote and entire article on it earlier today, prefacing the entire thing and how important it could be to instilling some balance back to the women of country.
But one thing I can’t do is lie about my opinions. It was disappointing for a lot of people, many of whom consider themselves big fans of these two women. If you enjoyed it, then screw my opinion and everyone elses. But that doesn’t make us bias, or with a vendetta.
May 18, 2014 @ 9:50 pm
It’s a good thing they are hot. :/
May 18, 2014 @ 10:15 pm
So I heard it again on West Coast time which I think may allow for some vocal correction (correct me if I am wrong). Nothing against Miranda but this was a Carrie song through and through. Carrie has floated between country and pop but Miranda has been consistently country. The song was a rocking song their outfits I like. I did have to laugh at the amount of eye liner, the last time I saw that much eye liner was on Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks.
May 19, 2014 @ 6:52 am
At the end of the day “GRR”,that’s all that matters in today’s pop-country!
May 18, 2014 @ 9:51 pm
Good lord, that sounded terrible. That was supposed to be a song? O_O
May 18, 2014 @ 10:15 pm
Absurdly substandard for both ladies. It sounds like it was thrown together in about five minutes. Absolute garbage, but that’s what sells records nowadays. The goof from FL GA Line seemed to be digging it.
May 18, 2014 @ 10:19 pm
Wow ! Just when you think mainstream country radio has bottomed out with the KRUISE KIDS , …THIS !! The tragedy of this performance is that both of these amazingly talented vocalists seem to have thrown up their hands and said ” If you can’t beat ’em …” . I mean damn.. WE KNOW THESE WOMEN CAN SING ….why THIS ? REAL singers don’t have to do this s**t . This is for all the wannabe acts who CAN’T sing . No melody …no harmony …HARMONY ? My God can you imagine these killer talents wrapping their vocal gifts around a REAL song with a real melody and the harmonies they could deliver ? They barely stayed on key for most of the ” performance” . Tonight I’m going to console myself with the last Trisha Yearwood album which was one of the BEST country records to be ignored in the past 20 years ,IMHO, and pray that Trisha hasn’t been sucked into THIS vortex with her upcoming release .
Damn …..and I’m all out of aspirin since the ACM show last month .
May 18, 2014 @ 10:35 pm
Well that was pretty embarrassing.
May 18, 2014 @ 10:52 pm
All sizzle and no steak.
Disappointing, because I wanted this collaboration to work. Could have been a cool moment for mainstream country. I didn’t bother watching the rest of the Billboard Awards.
I find it hard to regard Billboard as legitimate after the recent chart rules changes.
May 18, 2014 @ 11:27 pm
Check out Teea Goans- don’t mean to name drop but this girl is country.
May 18, 2014 @ 11:44 pm
Okay, here’s a link to the studio version of “Somethin’ Bad”.
Having listened to it a few times now, I’m going to share my unfiltered thoughts; juxtaposed from the live performance.
Firstly, what’s most noteworthy to me is that this doesn’t have a stand-out chorus. This is one of those type of anthems driven more by its beat: which in this case is punctuated by stomps, hand-claps and militant 80’s rock percussion.
Honestly, it’s kind of an admirable experiment, or reprieve of sorts, from the fetish with big choruses that we are accustomed to hearing on virtually any radio station of any genre these days. The most recent example of a song I recall hitting #1 that lacked a big chorus was Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” (a Mediabase-only #1 in this case, which settled for a #2 peak on Billboard’s Hot Country Airplay chart). Then again, “Hey Pretty Girl” isn’t necessarily an adequate comparison here because it was driven by Hot Adult Contemporary-leaning production with light flourishes of token pedal steel, and was definitely lyrically-focused.
The next song that I was reminded of when listening to “Somethin’ Bad” was Gwen Stefani’s solo hit from 2005: “Hollaback Girl”. Much like “Hollaback Girl” was driven by a stomping, cheerleader motif, “Somethin’ Bad” is like a fusion of the pep-rally like minimalism of “Hollaback Girl”………..mixed with nods to “Pump”-era Aerosmith.
Lyrically, this sounds like a revisiting of the tropes in Carrie Underwood’s previous hit “Last Name”: except the locale this time is decidedly New Orleans instead of Las Vegas in the former song. In the beginning, we see the subject apparently balances a life fearing God, with a life raising hell by smoking a bag of pot and spending all the money stashed underneath her mattress at the local bar. Then, she heads down to New Orleans on a full tank of gas with a few friends, and even uses “kidnapping” as an end rhyme (I couldn’t decipher the whole set of lyrics in that last quartet).
There is a subtle, sinister undercurrent behind both Underwood and Lambert’s vocals in this song: perhaps alluding to the disintegration and other potential consequences that come with debauchery and living life on the edge. I get where they were attempting to go with this…………….but here’s the problem. The production fails to back it up. While they may, in fact, have been trying to deceptively offer a rollicking, fun-sounding arena rocker that deceptively masquerades as a three-minute public service announcement urging the dark side of extreme behavior put to song……….that self-awareness just isn’t executed well even on behalf of the vocalists, or by the flatness of the production.
It doesn’t help matters that Lambert has already been known for writing about drinking and smoking pot in a celebratory, social libertarian context……….and so when taking that into consideration, many listeners are not going to pick up on the underlying subtlety and nuance………and rather take it as another “Hell yeah! Time to light it up and throw it down!” party anthem.
Dierks Bentley’s current single “Drunk On A Plane” is actually a fitting example of a song that better succeeds at projecting the nuance of the situation in the mold of a party song. The song has a massive, infectious chorus that is dance-worthy and loaded with references to the cult electro-pop hit “Like a G6” and Mardi Gras, as well as some absurd, over-the-top imagery………..and yet we also learn in its second verse that the narrator is reeling from his engagement being called off (“I feel like a plastic groom alone there at the top of the cake…”) after he and his fiancee had the wedding date marked on their calendars for a long time…………and he is drowning out the heartbreak and resentment by loading up.
“Somethin’ Bad”, in comparison, fails to project that nuance: making for a flat, loud and empty result.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:55 am
This sounds like some kind of R&B or female pop/rap music. I guess this is the birth of “Soul Sista Country.”
May 19, 2014 @ 1:37 am
I was actually looking forward for this…..
Now I’m just sad…
May 19, 2014 @ 3:52 am
Hated it. Very disappointing. Probably will be a big, big hit. (sigh)
May 19, 2014 @ 5:00 am
I could be wrong, but it strikes me that some people thought this song was gonna be on the level of “Murder On Music Row.” Man, what a disappointment for them.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:09 pm
Actually, I didn’t.
I thought from the start Trigger jumped the gun (pun intended! 😉 ) on this one, but respected nonetheless the sentiment in hoping this would work out.
Here’s the thing though. This is two marquee contemporary country female artists we’re talking about here, who have gravitated further to the mainstream with each successive release musically. Granted Lambert has always been an astute song selector and quite subversive in the themes she chooses to tackle, and Underwood (who has mostly played it safe to date) tried a little harder on her most recent album “Blown Away” to cover a wider range of topics………..but I think it was absolutely naive to expect them to offer a game-changing fight song or anthem for the downtrodden under the death grip of bro-country.
It was about as naive to me as expecting Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s “Remind Me”, before its debut, to be the all-female equivalent of “Return of the Grievous Angel” for this generation.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:29 pm
My first article on this song strictly had to do with outlining the political importance of the song in the fight against “bro-country”. Having never heard it, I wasn’t about to go out on a limb and say how good or bad it might be. Personally, I was hoping for something with impact, even if it wasn’t something that I personally liked. Unfortunately, it accomplished neither.
May 19, 2014 @ 4:14 pm
I apologize if you felt I misinterpreted your initial remarks and felt I put words in your mouth. That wasn’t my intention.
I suppose my contention was primarily centered around your depiction of “Somethin’ Bad” as battling “bro-country” in the previous article header.
I didn’t get that vibe or impression whatsoever. I wouldn’t have believed it unless they tipped in a press release by either themselves or their management that it is high time there is room provided for more than just “bro-country” on the airwaves.
It’s tragic when we’ve gotten to a point where almost ANY career move one of the few established female artists of the commercial genre makes is so closely scrutinized for any hint of rebellious intent or tipping point. That is why Kacey Musgraves remains as wildly hyped as she is, in my view, primarily. I’m not exaggerating when I’ve leafed through numerous forums and the standards of listeners have been set SO low that they’ll basically cheer on ANY female artist to be catapulted to mainstream fame REGARDLESS of how good the material at hand actually is.
And, obviously, I’m fully supportive of equity and ending discrimination based on gender, sexuality and other descriptors. But at the end of the day, the music itself is what matters most to me, and as shamefully sexist as corporate country truly is in the meantime, I equally as much don’t want to see female artists catapult to fame just because they happen to be female. I want them to succeed because they’re awesome artists and storytellers that have something to share.
May 19, 2014 @ 5:29 pm
No need to apologize Noah, I was just clarifying what happened.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:48 pm
I think it was absolutely naive to expect them to offer a game-changing fight song or anthem for the downtrodden under the death grip of bro-country.
As did I, for all the reasons (I think) I previously mentioned in the comments to the other post. This is what I said on my own blog:
I don”™t know why anyone would have thought either of those artists would have been kind of any part of shaking up the country music establishment. Sure, she had her nice little fake-out with the Pistol Annies, but Miranda Lambert rattling the mainstream country cage in any way would have been crapping where she eats, considering that she”™s married to one of the problems with it anymore. As for Carrie Underwood ”” well, if you”™ll pardon the phrase, bombasters are gonna bombast.
I mean, it would have been nice, but the likes of Carrie Underwood is not the answer to the bro-country plague. Yes, she can sing, and that’s a lot more than be said for the likes of Brian Kelley or Chase Rice, but as I often say, what Carrie Underwood brings to the table is crap as well ”” just a different kind of it. A “choice” between bro-country and amped-up pop-rock bullshit is no choice at all.
May 19, 2014 @ 1:36 pm
I never thought, and never said in my initial article on the song that it was going to be some sort of “fight song” or “protest song” or anything of the sort. I felt the idea behind it was to combine star power and do something that was so commercially successful, it would challenge bro-country’s dominance at the top of the charts. And for all we know, it very well might. As has been pointed out, the song is selling like crazy on iTunes. It very well could accomplish the goal of crashing the bro-country party. It will just suck while doing it.
May 19, 2014 @ 3:05 pm
I never thought, and never said in my initial article on the song that it was going to be some sort of “fight song” or “protest song” or anything of the sort.
Oh, I know. I didn’t mean to sound like I was calling you out. Just the way you described everyone else’s reactions made it sound like that was what they thought. 😀
May 19, 2014 @ 5:04 am
Should be called “Somethin’ Horrible” because that what it is. Two of the most overexposed, overrated women in country music trying to outsing each other. It is definitely time for new blood, so tired of these two. Trigger can’t believe you could rate this that high. I hope to never hear it again.
May 19, 2014 @ 5:29 am
Yeah, that really was something bad.
Truth in music, I suppose. Maybe it’s a meta-joke?
May 19, 2014 @ 5:43 pm
Yes, the song title is descriptive. It’s an unfortunate double entendre, just like an intended crossover song released by Lee Ann Womack in 2002 titled “Something Worth Leaving Behind.” But this song makes that one sound like a classic country song by comparison.
May 19, 2014 @ 5:40 am
Ugh. You can’t fight crappy music with more crappy music.
May 19, 2014 @ 6:52 am
lyrically it could’ve been decent but something went wrong in the creative process. as far as tune goes.. it sounds like they got tired of looking for just the right notes and resorted to the mono-genre sound. the performance was a train wreck. then again I only made it halfway through the video and had to stop
May 19, 2014 @ 7:13 am
So u all are telling me I don’t need to turn off Sturgills new album to check this out haha!
May 19, 2014 @ 7:16 am
By god, these two…
One’s a great vocalist (Carrie) and one’s a great songwriter (Miranda). Not that I needed to tell anybody here which was which, but I think both of these artists are getting to the point that they’re just wasting their fucking talent. Miranda keeps releasing I’M MAD songs with each album that just make her more and more intolerable, even if the likes of Over You, All Kinds of Kinds, and Automatic are some of the best songs she’s ever released to radio.
If I could just ignore that one or two songs from each album of faux sassy bullshit, I’d be a huge Miranda supporter, but I can’t, because they get jammed down our throats for weeks on end. While I like both Kacey and Brandy, Mama’s Broken Heart was just another shitty faux-sassy song to add to Miranda’s collection. Had Kacey or Brandy sang it, they probably wouldn’t have screamed the chorus and it’d have been fine.
As for Carrie…Two Black Cadillacs is just another double standard portraying, violence perpetuating song that just did her in, for me. While I’d rather hear it than Miranda’s bullshit, I’ll pass on both.
As for “Something Bad,” you get Miranda’s shitty sassy screaming vocals and Carrie emulating that. It’s not good. Terrible song.
I’d love to hear more of Kacey, Ashley, and Katie Armiger on the radio, even if I’m not a huge fan of any of those three. I guess my women in country listening is going to have to include artists like Sarah Jarosz–someone who won’t be on the radio.
May 19, 2014 @ 8:35 am
You said “Had Kacey or Brandy sang it, they probably wouldn”™t have screamed the chorus and it”™d have been fine.” I heard Brandy sing Mama’s Broken Heart at the Bluebird about 6 months ago and it was more than fine. I’ve never been a fan of Miranda as a vocalist but I love Brandy’s singing.
May 19, 2014 @ 3:46 pm
Kacey’s version of the song is better as well.
May 19, 2014 @ 4:01 pm
Just watched it. Thanks. I agree.
May 19, 2014 @ 8:23 am
Love these two together. They killed it.
May 19, 2014 @ 10:00 am
Agreed. Me too. People who already don’t like Carrie or Miranda aren’t going to sway from their opinions.
Meh. Not every song they release needs to be a ballad or something uber-serious. Let’s have fun, ya’ll. 🙂
May 19, 2014 @ 8:33 am
Well since everyone else has said everything a person could say about a new song… I will just say LOVE Miranda’s tee! Haggard! All I got. LOL.
May 19, 2014 @ 8:35 am
Yeesh… No thanks.
I made it about halfway through and had to turn it off. Others have said similar sentiments, but it’s true. This has “County Fair Talent Show with Pyro” written all over it.
A couple of cheerleaders borrowed their Mommy’s stash of trashy clothes, and screeched their way through the lyrics. Which is a shame, and I really believe there’s not enough women on the country radio dial these days. However, I don’t think this’ll do anyone any favors.
Now, to be fair, all I got to witness was the live version. The studio version came up with “this video has been removed by user” when I clicked on it.
I’ll be willing to give the studio version a chance… but I’m a firm believer of “if you can’t do it live, you can’t do it”. And after a minute forty five… they didn’t.
May 19, 2014 @ 8:48 am
The only “Something Bad” was this song. I kept expecting the dooshbags from Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan to run out and they drop a verse of “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. This was a huge missed opportunity to put out a great song from 2 talented ladies. Instead they throw together a bunch of random thought lyrics over a rock beat and march out playing more off of their sex appeal than they did their talents as artists. I would ask why they did this but it is obvious that this song was done to sell copies and make money. It will be a top 10 summer hit with the beer drinkin’ in the moonlight jager shooting crowd and then forgotten about in 8 months. When I heard that they were doing this collaberation I was really expecting a “Mad Miranda” version of “Does He Love You” from Reba and Linda Davis but instead we got another strip club anthem with no story telling, little emotion, and worse poetry than what you would see on a porta john wall. So is the state of big machine played on the radio music these days. Thank God for CD’s, MP3’s, and old records.
May 19, 2014 @ 8:57 am
Truth in advertising–‘Somethin’ Bad’, indeed.
This is just the continuation of the game the 5 remaining mainstream country music song writers are playing amongst themselves–to see who can get paid the most whilst taking the biggest shit on country music.
It’s Nashville’s newest, exciting game show–Shitting for Dollars!
How low can they go? Wait until they get into the exciting Bone-us Round!!
(Theme song plays, ‘Choppin’ Broccoli . . . . )
May 19, 2014 @ 9:10 am
I’m not surprised at all by this song. The only thing I thought was surprising was Trigger’s expectations about what this song would be. Not once did I believe that this collaboration would be part of a mission by the women of country to save the genre.
The business model of the mainstream of the genre is to cater to young pop music fans. In this framework, each artist is supposed to do just enough to differentiate herself from the others, without going too far from the pop country mold. On a scale where 0 is pure pop and 10 is pure country, I’d say Taylor is a 1, Carrie a 2, and Miranda a 3. The singers are differentiated more by their image and popular identity than by their music. Taylor represents the rich daddy’s girls, Miranda represents the downscale side of middle America, and Carrie represents the average girls in between. The flavors of pop country are intended to differ more in their outward appearance, than in musical substance.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:40 pm
I did have big hopes this song could symbolize something. Despite Music Row’s best efforts, I insist on remaining positive. These two girls really let us down here though.
May 19, 2014 @ 1:21 pm
I do not see much of a thematic similarity in the lyrics of the 3 artists. Could you please explain further?
May 19, 2014 @ 4:37 pm
Eric, my point was that all three of these artists are part of the pop country scene. There is less difference in the music than people think. I do agree there is more differentiation in the message of the lyrics and the image of the artists.
Taylor tries to portray the “good” girls, the upper middle class kids from white collar families. Miranda tries to represent the wild and crazy girls, the blue collar women from the other side of the tracks. Carrie wants to be everything to everyone, so she has a hard time deciding which clique she wants to hang out with.
The evolution of Carrie’s image is interesting. She was portrayed as the sweet and innocent girl on American Idol. That continued with her initial singles. Some of her early songs such as “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” could almost fall into Taylor Swift territory. But over the years, Carrie the sweet Christian girl has gradually been put out to pasture. I don’t recall hearing a radio single on this theme since “Mama’s Song” which was released in 2010, the year in which she got married. In recent years her lyrics have been more similar to Miranda’s, which might reflect a marketing strategy of not trying to compete directly with Taylor (see: http://perezhilton.com/2012-06-21-carrie-underwood-doesnt-like-taylor-swift-comparisons#.U3qVbS961DE).
May 19, 2014 @ 9:37 am
From bro-country to ho-country…
…wait… they’re all whores, the whole lot of em.
May 19, 2014 @ 9:55 am
I think Miranda tries to be the un-Taylor. It’s part of her image and it makes sense commercially. She has largely filled the niche that was occupied by Gretchen Wilson about 10 years ago. The outfit fits the image.
Carrie tries to wear both hats in her music persona. The character she portrays is a party girl on Saturday night, but manages to recover from the hangover in time to be America’s sweetheart on Sunday morning. But I don’t think this split personality image has been that helpful to her career. I think by portraying a good Christian girl only part of the time, she weakened her brand and gave Taylor Swift a big opening in 2006-2009.
May 19, 2014 @ 10:17 am
I think you nailed it Adrian . An REAL artist is supposed to lead , not follow . Carrie is a great singer who chases trends and tries to be all things to all people…and sometimes in keys that don’t flatter her vocal gift . Loretta sang about the Pill , drunken men coming home to jump their wives’ bones , and life as a workin man’s daughter before any women singers were courageous enough to push the envelope that way . She’s an Artist with a capital A .
May 19, 2014 @ 10:14 am
BTW …has everyone noticed how reliant pop music has become on ” the chant ” ( Whoa – oh- oh- oa ) in just about everything released ? Here it is again . Its almost like ” We don’t need a strong chorus …or ANY chorus if we insert a chant-like section for the sheep to sing along to ” I know ” fresh” is the new buzzword , but if everyone is doing the same thing production-wise ( and content-wise lyrically ) what’s ‘fresh” about a tune ? Maybe we should just count our blessings that someone’s song didn’t become hugely popular with a hammer dulcimer or an accordian on it or we’d be dealing with THOSE instruments on every new track . Pop-On….!!
May 19, 2014 @ 12:28 pm
I blame U2 and 80’s metal histrionics for that unfortunate trend! 😉
May 19, 2014 @ 4:46 pm
…exactly ….U2 mined that vein 25 years ago . Now you can add Coldplay , Carrie ( See You Again ) Maroon 5 , Sheeran , Brad Paisley , T.S. , Christina Aguilara …and a bazillion other pop-countr -indie-retro acts to the list.
” Its done ..and its predictable , homogenous and boring ….lets think of a LYRIC for these songs , already “
May 19, 2014 @ 10:54 am
Honestly, this song was so dull I can’t even muster an attempt at a witty critique or anything like that. It sort of reminded me of Band Perry’s flat awards show performances…except without the bad hair.
May 19, 2014 @ 11:01 am
Interesting comment from Rolling Stone:
Best Rock Moment: Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert Are Livin’ on the Edge
It’s a sad state for rock music when the most headbanging thing at the Billboard Awards is a country singer and an American Idol. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood premiered their new duet, “Something Bad,” a mix of “Toys in the Attic”-era Aerosmith and Use Your Illusion-era Guns N’ Roses and, ostensibly, some country beyond Lambert’s torn Merle Haggard shirt. Do you need any more proof that country is the new hard rock in 2014? Eric Church better step up his T-shirt game.
SB is already #2 All Genre at ITUNES.
May 19, 2014 @ 11:40 am
As right as Rolling Stone may be here (dear God, talk about your blind squirrel finding a nut), this song would mostly be meh even as a rock song. Granted, my standards for heavy music are different than most, as, just for an example when I’m not playing Jason Boland and the Stragglers or the Turnpike Troubadours I’ll be listening to something like Iron Maiden or Symphony X.
In a way they’re still full of crap, though. They could just have easily and more accurately said “It”™s a sad state for country music when two of the most prominent artists in the genre are channeling ‘Toys in the Attic’-era Aerosmith and ‘Use Your Illusion’-era Guns N”™ Roses.”
May 19, 2014 @ 11:03 am
I am literally amazed that the people that like this song are the same ones that trash everything that FLA-GA line, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett etc are doing. This was such a let down to see both of these women waste an attempt at providing the Genre with greatness.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:43 pm
Yeah, I glanced over a couple of old music discussion forums I used to be contributors to, and they tended to be dominated by the likes of those that scream bloody murder at most anything “bro-country”, but will lap up almost anything any of the three major female artists of the genre trot out.
They’ll (rightfully) tear “Redneck Crazy” to sheds as the misogynistic, harassing (if not outright abusive) piece of garbage it is, but in the same breath praise and excuse songs from Underwood and Lambert about murdering cheating exes/partners. They also deify Kacey Musgraves like she is the best thing since bread came sliced. Granted I like Musgraves well enough, but it is utterly preposterous to think of her as some saviour of the genre when “Same Trailer, Different Park” hardly stands up to the hype. Granted it’s a better-than-decent album, but the production is mostly unremarkable and some of the songwriting, while decent enough, is mostly forgettable.
Predictably, despite many of their fans vocalizing their disapproval of the song on their fan pages, most on these aforementioned forums are praising this song. Go figure! -__-
May 19, 2014 @ 11:39 am
I’m drinking from a fire hose right now, but I respect Miranda.
I believe she’s helping Carrie out.
Miranda is a class act. She’s humble and she’s sharing her success. She did it with Pistol Annies, too. She gives back.
I remember when she was the one sitting on the sidelines, patiently waiting for her turn. She didn’t make faces or act like a spoiled brat. Miranda was the one watching Carrie receive every award from the audience. It’s her turn now, and I love that.
I like “Automatic”. She’s got it covered from soup to nuts. She did the prep work and deserves the recognition.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:10 pm
Well apparently Ran’s #1 fan liked it:
@blakeshelton: “@otis_74: @blakeshelton do you pretend to know anything about hockey when hanging out with @mikefisher1212”
I showed him some moves..
@blakeshelton: I swear I’ve listened to “Something Bad” by @mirandalambert and @carrieunderwood 10 times today already!!!!
@blakeshelton: It makes me like.. “You go gurl!” or “Oh no she di-ent!” or “***** you don’t know me!” or “Talk to the hand cause the face ain’t listening!”
May 23, 2014 @ 3:58 pm
I disagree that Miranda was being nice and helping out Carrie.. Miranda asked Carrie to sing on this song with her… So Miranda picked the song, So if anybody is at fault for this, it is her for picking a bad song.. IDK, if Carrie aggreed to sing it because she really liked it, or if she just did not want to be rude so she opted to go for it.. Oh, and by the way both Alan Jackson and Darius Rucker want to sing duets with Carrie.. I like both Miranda and Carrie.. However Automatic is not a very good song.. So I am hoping that Miranda’s album doesn’t suck.. I would like Carrie to stop going more progressive in every album, and record some traditional country music..
May 19, 2014 @ 12:09 pm
I’m failing to understand how everyone thought this was gonna be a great song and change the way things are being done in country music. Are we forgetting Miranda’s husband is a part of bro country? She encourages the bro country bullshit. You actually think she is going to challenge it? And we’re talking like Miranda and Carrie are great artists who could turn county around for good. Miranda is the female version of bro country. Aside from a couple of decent songs, most of her stuff has been terrible. She claims she’s all about Haggard and Jones, but has no actions to prove it. Her fake sassy bullshit has gotten tiresome. As for Carrie, she has a great voice and looks sexy. Not a whole lot more to her music than that. I honestly see them as ones who are near the end of the peak in their career and are trying to hold on to relevancy before the next flash in the pan takes their place. To expect anything other than more of the same from this performance is only setting yourself up for a major disappointment.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:44 pm
I do think the intention was to challenge bro-country, and after seeing it last night, I’m even more confident of that. I’m not sure how many people thought it was going to be “great” but I think a lot of people thought it would be significant for these women to come together and release a song. And it may be significant, but significant for all the wrong reasons.
May 19, 2014 @ 4:59 pm
Trigger, it might have been an attempt to challenge bro country, but I don’t think they understand what is wrong with bro country. The commercial reasoning might be that women are having a difficult time getting radio hits, so let’s have two of the biggest female stars work together, to bring some marketing muscle to the song. Yes it’s bra country – loud rock production combined with sex appeal, but of the female variety, as in bro country with two X chromosomes. Those Shania-esque 1980s rocker chick outfits, with the leather and the hot pants, made the package complete.
May 19, 2014 @ 5:27 pm
I agree. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
May 19, 2014 @ 5:45 pm
Yes this is a classic case of missing the forest for the trees. The answer to the lack of female presence in mainstream country is not to join in with what the men are doing it is make something of a quality that will force people to recognize the talented female artists out there.
May 19, 2014 @ 12:21 pm
I’m a huge Lambert fan, and I don’t mind Underwood for the most part. I don’t think this is a “bad” song per se, the greatest crime here is that the song is BORING.
I listened to it and half way through realized I had no clue what this song was about, which is the real tragedy here, as I know both of these women can deliver solid lyrical messages. This is just some generic rock-country piece that could just as easily be a forgettable deep track off a Jason Aldean or Nickelback album.
A collaboration between these two should be something special and memorable, which this song definitely isn’t. Disappointed.
May 20, 2014 @ 10:26 am
Same here…all I heard was “whoa oooo” vocals and music were off…
May 19, 2014 @ 12:48 pm
Miranda is a writer. That sets her apart from bro-country blathering and foaming of the mealy mouth…fountains of useless lyrics.
She’s not a singer who interprets other’s songs, she writes her own. Singers seldom have the longevity of a writer/composer.
Singers can stand there and carry on for a few years but people tire of formulas, power ballads, recipes for success. FGL, they are the poster boys for schmaltzmeisters. It won’t be long before they’re totally adrift. I could clearly see that on the BBMA’s. When the camera panned the audience and FGL stuck his tongue out like Miley…it was a stinkeroo every which way. Ass and No Class. Mongrels.
The current trend has been as the country talent decreases, the number of pretendians increases. Resources are finite, but Miranda fulfills the stricter country quantum requirements.
May 19, 2014 @ 1:00 pm
The only great song Miranda has had “The House That Built Me” wasn’t written by her. She did a fine job interpreting that one.
May 19, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
“Singers seldom have the longevity of a writer/composer.”
George Jones? George Strait?
The key for a singer’s longevity is in consistently choosing solidly written compositions.
May 19, 2014 @ 2:31 pm
Anyone current come to mind…I can think of many good interpreters who’ve fallen off the grid.
Today, you have to do it all. Write, sing, model, sell products, movies, talent shows…everything you can of.
May 19, 2014 @ 3:17 pm
Uh, Strait & Jones both had careers that lasted 30-plus years. We all know what happened to George Jones, and it didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he didn’t write his own songs. And Strait’s not writing his own songs also has nothing to do with his fading from the spotlight.
May 19, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
With all due respect, Carrie Underwood also contributes more than ever to the songwriting process herself.
Between the two of them, I can confidently say Lambert is by far the sharper and more instinctual lyricist. But it would be disingenuous to ignore or discount the reality that Underwood has at least tried to engage herself as a recording artist and songwriter. She, in fact, co-wrote eight of the fourteen tracks from “Blown Away” (including three of its four singles)
I may not be a fan of Carrie Underwood, but I recognize that she is at least trying to up her game: however mixed the results may be.
May 19, 2014 @ 1:21 pm
I can think of several of the new artists who wear the little short shorts with their cowboy boots, hats and fringe in their videos. It’s a style.
Men have to paint their jeans on and women wear Daisy Dukes.
May 19, 2014 @ 1:22 pm
This song even if you like the style of music these two typically release was very underwhelming to say the least, it showed little vocal talent just over driven music and not even a catchy tune at that. Unfortunately with that said though it will probably sell a bazillion copies on iTunes because it was such a “landmark” performance on the BBMA’s last night, the same BBMA’s that gave the top rock song award to Lorde, I mean really who are these people that pick this stuff out?
May 19, 2014 @ 2:03 pm
Categorizing “Royals” as a rock song is truly a stretch. It belongs to the hip-hop and techno categories.
Six String Richie
May 20, 2014 @ 11:44 am
I found it hilarious that the nominees for best “rock” album were Lana Del Rey, Mumford, Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Fall Out Boy.
Lana and Lorde are pop with electronic touches, Lana doesn’t even get played on Alternative radio. FOB’s music 10 years ago could’ve been called rock but now is more like pop. Imagine Dragons are pop with electronic touches and Mumford is folk.
I feel like 5 Seconds of Summer is more rock ‘n roll than anybody else at that show.
May 19, 2014 @ 2:03 pm
I only lasted 42 seconds, not a fan. I paused the Matt Woods new album player to hear this, should of just kept it playing.
May 19, 2014 @ 2:05 pm
I haven’t even heard it and I don’t like it lol
May 19, 2014 @ 3:08 pm
“Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe they just have to get radio play.”
It’s all time and chance. If radio is not willing to give you air time, you have to get your face out there. Even the men are trying different things to stay relevant.
Talent show judges, restaurants, clothes, cologne, fashion, movies, television, talk shows, magazines….
It’s no longer enough to stand at the mic and sing. You have to be seen to be heard. It’s across all of the genres, same thing. Those that are listened to are visible. People have too many distractions. If you stay out of the spotlight too long, you’re a memory. Hope is not a strategy.
May 19, 2014 @ 3:52 pm
Kacey is definitely not out of the spotlight.
hot country booty
May 19, 2014 @ 9:51 pm
i know you gave it a 1/4 of a gun because of the legs
May 20, 2014 @ 10:24 am
O man…I did not watch award show Sunday and I heard for the first time here. I am little disappointed because I like both artists and I was expecting something better. I have listened to both Pistol Annie albums and they have promising songs on both (they don’t release good ones) so I expected the collaboration to be along those lines.
I think the lyrics had promise but the beat and vocals were off…also no one was talking about this on twitter. I never saw it trending Sunday or Monday (that is why I knew nothing about it until now lol).
May 20, 2014 @ 10:50 am
A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he”™ll never crow. I have seen the light and I”™m crowing.
I’m shifting my focus to the positive direction of Country artists and how they can survive.
If they have to use their stints on TV shows as a prop for their musical aspirations…so be it. Most new artists are practically volunteers with little salaries.
I’m well aware of the glories of George Jones and George Strait. I’m looking forward.
You have to have visibility to be heard. Put them in the spotlight and let them sing.
May 20, 2014 @ 11:14 am
Is Something Better too much to ask?
May 20, 2014 @ 12:04 pm
Hope is not a strategy.
I actually believe the survival mode crisis is over. I watched young Jake Worthington on the Voice…singing “A Country Boy Can Survive”, the audience loved it. He sang those lyrics with all of the emotion he could muster.
I would listen to that kid any day of the week before I’d cross the street to see FGL. His heart is in it. All he needs is someone who cares.
That’s all any of the good ones need, someone who cares about them.
May 20, 2014 @ 12:23 pm
At least they did not wear pants…
May 20, 2014 @ 2:03 pm
I’m not surprised. I’m still a big fan of Miranda Lambert but after Four the Record I’m not surprised she’s going extremely commercial and chasing the hit singles. Her albums always have great songs though so this one I can ignore until her album is released.
May 21, 2014 @ 3:53 pm
Come on now….You expected something out of Mrs. Blake Shelton and Miss American Idol? They know which side their bread is buttered on. So of course they are going to come out with corporate drivel like this. I think a lot of people got fooled on this one.
May 21, 2014 @ 3:53 pm
Whoa-whoa-woeful. Just found the time to listen and that is 3 minutes I will never get back. I don’t own recordings of either, but I don’t always change the station when one of their songs is played. Good thing my car has the radio controls on the steering wheel…
May 31, 2014 @ 5:58 am
All the haters. Funny how this song is already soaring at the top of the Billboard charts.
June 7, 2014 @ 10:39 am
To all the haters I think thus is the perfect song for all of u BC what they are basically saying is stand up and don’t care what people think I’m not perfect but u can like or dislike this song but don’t dis them I think to my self wow how stupid r these people to predict the future and what it holds or dis a really good song. If u don’t like it don’t listen to it if u do than do but keepur nnegative ness to ur self BC I’m pretty positive I don’t care what u have to say they r my role models and seem pretty nice if u don’t like it keep it to ur self
August 21, 2014 @ 12:02 pm
Can I give you some advice? Get hooked phonics.
August 21, 2014 @ 5:25 pm
Madison, your post just gave me cancer!!
June 18, 2014 @ 12:24 pm
I admit, I was so looking forward to this duet. I thought with Miranda’s lyrics and great song choice, with the singing talent of both, nothing could go wrong. But oh. were we all disappointed. It’s the worst piece on Miranda’s “Platinum” album. Keyed way too low, both were having trouble but especially Carrie singing those low disappearing notes. I just don’t get how they thought it was a good song to begin with? Sad, lost opportunity.
July 1, 2014 @ 7:00 am
RAP is outselling every form of music on earth, hence the mixing in of RAP with “country”. And this is just an extension of that mindset. These people are having their (cowboy) hats handed to them by the other genres of music and if they want to make any money, they feel that they have to blend in. The pure country audience is probably 2 to 2 1/2 million tops. Garth would have never sold 10 million records without appealing to the rockers and pop listeners. That’s why hundreds of brand new Takemine guitars had to die. So, final point: money wins over quality!
August 8, 2014 @ 5:44 pm
it sounded to me like We Will Rock You by Queen, but really, really (somethin) bad.
August 21, 2014 @ 10:34 am
I really am beginning to think that these so-called modern “country” music artists are laughing thier collective asses off by recording the most ridiculously simplistic hook anthems just to see how far they will go up the charts simply based on thier name recognition alone. Just because it is a ‘duo’ of Lambert/Underwood, people will flock in droves like zombies to purchase it regardless of quality. This piece of crap is proof positive that the musically dumbing down of society is working marvelously. Considering the popularity of this nightmare of a song, I believe Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood could fart into a microphone for 5 minutes and it would soar to the top of the country charts.
August 21, 2014 @ 10:24 pm
I hate this song with every fiber of my being.
October 5, 2014 @ 11:10 am
I like it……6 weeks at number one? and yall” criticize it. Music is music and opinions are just opinions. It’s funky, fun and these stars are hot…is that not part of the whole “star” scene? Come on yall open up your mind a bit I promise it won’t hurt.
Is music about selling records or has that changed recently? They are awesome singers and song writers but I guess that is not enough for you all!
Are all ya just jealous? Just say’in..