Carrie Underwood is leveling up her Storyteller era with the release of the smokey, atmospheric single "Dirty Laundry." Penned by Zachary Crowell (producer of previous single "Heartbeat"), Ashley Gorley and long-time collaborator Hillary Lindsey ("Jesus Take the Wheel," "So Small," "Two Black Cadillacs"), the track gives Underwood some hefty lyrics to dig her voice into -- “I can tell by the smell of that perfume. It’s like forty dollars too cheap, and there’s a little wine stain on the pocket of your white cotton thread. Well, you drink beer and whiskey, boy, and you know I don’t drink red," she confronts.
Later, on the R&B-rhythmic hook, the powerhouse deliveries one of her best vocals, glossed with a sheepish, confident grin, "Now I'ma have to hang you out to dry, dry, dry. Clothespin all your secrets to the line, line, line. Leave 'em blowing in the wind, just say goodbye to you. All those midnights sneaking in, 'I'm late again, oh, I'm so sorry.' All the Ajax in the world ain't gonna clean your dirty laundry," Underwood coos. By far, "Dirty Laundry" is one of the singer's boldest and most musically adventurous singles of her career. There is an intensity and fury as inescapable as "Blown Away" and "Two Black Cadillacs," but the story is fresh and windswept. Undoubtedly, Underwood has a massive hit waiting to happen here.
Take a listen to "Dirty Laundry" above, and grab the track now on iTunes.
During her No. 1 celebration on Thursday (August 11) -- honoring "Heartbeat" and "Church Bells" hitting the top of the charts -- Underwood performed an acoustic set, which included "Dirty Laundry," "Jesus Take the Wheel" and "Church Bells." For the latter performance, songwriters Lindsey and Brett James (on guitar) doused the sinister story with ghostly harmonies, unlike anything Underwood has ever done before. CMA Awards, here she comes.