After a week of teasing by the singer on social media, Carrie Underwood’s new single, “Cry Pretty,” is finally out. True to Underwood’s history of delivering outsize hits, it’s a no-holds-barred, all-encompassing emotional fest.
The song came from a strong foundation right from the start: Underwood cowrote it with Nashville powerhouse writers Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose, and Lori McKenna, and the group chose a theme that simply couldn’t fail to resonate with listeners. “The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back,” Underwood explained in a letter to fans on Tuesday (April 10).
The lyrics of the tune reflect this sentiment admirably: “You can pretty lie and say it’s okay/ You can pretty smile and just walk away/Pretty much make your way through anything/But you can’t cry pretty.”
Fans unanimously seem to think the song was worth the (brief but agonizing) wait, with many of them raving about how it speaks to their hearts … and handkerchiefs.
thanks carrie underwood for 'cry pretty,' its what I needed this week
— Alejandra Guevara (@alejondraaa) April 11, 2018
Wow. @carrieunderwood new single "Cry Pretty" has me doing the ugliest of cries right now.
— Justin (@justsig) April 11, 2018
Cry Pretty by @carrieunderwood was my new favorite song within the first verse being over.
That is all.
— 540L (@540L) April 11, 2018
I tried to hold it together while listening to Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty but here I am …. pic.twitter.com/ApWhSGrsov
— The Divine Mother (@iPrefer_Gabby) April 11, 2018
Underwood’s last new release was another grandiose anthem, “The Champion,” which came out in January for the Super Bowl and featured guest vocals from Ludacris.
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