The second single from Carrie Underwood’s sophomore album is a bit better than the first. “So Small” was drenched in production, but “All-American Girl” keeps it simple. There’s fiddle instead of strings, and Underwood opts for cool vocal licks over power notes. The song itself doesn’t exactly break new lyrical ground, but it’s a cute enough celebration of the father-daughter relationship. It’s not as clever as “Cleaning this Gun (Come On in Boy),” but it’s not as nauseatingly sweet as “Stealing Cinderella,”
It’s my belief that Carrie Underwood is going to have a long career ahead of her. This might not be one of the songs that she’s remembered for in the long run, but it’s an enjoyable single nonetheless. Hopefully in the new year, we’ll get “Just a Dream” and “I Know You Won’t” out there. No need to bring out the big guns yet, when the album’s still selling like hotcakes!
Written by Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace & Carrie Underwood