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album review | COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood finds fraternal Twain

Seven years after she won season four, it’s clear that Carrie Underwood would have been a major star with or without her “American Idol” victory. Likewise, genre is an afterthought for the Oklahoma-bred singer whose latest album is as much about country charm as it is about arena-rock bombast.

“Blown Away,” Underwood’s fourth release, is deliberately familiar to anyone who has listened to commercial country radio — and Top 40, for that matter — so much so that it ends saying little about the woman who made it. In that sense, it’s an archetypal modern country record with hit singles you can spot a mile away.

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