Carrie Underwood Two Black Cadillacs Video Review

Carrie Underwood’s Two Black Cadillacs Video Takes Fans Down A Strange and Winding Road.

I’m pretty disappointed in Carrie Underwood‘s new video for single, “Two Black Cadillacs.” Yep, I said it. The song was released as the third single from her most recent album Blown Away back in November, with the video reportedly being filmed then too, but even just two weeks ago Carrie was claiming on Twitter that they were still editing, trying to make it perfect. So as a result, there were pretty high expectations for this video! …And then I watched it.

Too Long.

At 5 minutes 47 seconds, this is a long music video, but it had been announced that it’d be shot as a short film. S,o I was prepared for the standard couple-of-minute-long intro without music, plus maybe a section
around the bridge where the music cut out for another short scene. This is a formula that has been tried and tested and it works. However, what proceeded was not as it should have been. It begins dramatically and suspensefully with expected scenes of winter and a lonely Cadillac come into view. There’s some creepy piano music that I don’t think was necessary but it works okay within the context. However, instead of allowing the suspense to linger and to draw it out properly to instigate a mood, the song kicks in just 20 seconds into the video, and you’re left wondering what they’re going to do with the time.

Too Confusing.

Much of the first half of the song is filled with multiple-angled shots (including many close-ups) of Carrie driving the Cadillac, the wintery desolate environment, and the funeral. As it progresses, we get a few brief shots of the Cadillac in a different setting, at night, driving down an alley in a city with the headlights beaming on a couple meeting for an embrace, presumably the cheating husband and mistress. Carrie plays the mistress, with another similar-looking actress playing the wife. There’s some lovely scenery, good graphics, great outfits (Carrie is a vampy mistress), nice close-up shots and some well-timed interplay between the two opposing scenes. However, for me, it’s far too slow, there’s too much of the same thing, and I feel like there should be a lot more content. Slowly but surely, we get some plot narrative, with the briefest of shots depicting the wife chasing her husband in one of the Cadillacs during the night scene. It is implied that due to the blasé attitude of the mistress when the Cadillac turns up that Carrie is a decoy for the wife to corner the cheater.

Too Strange

Suddenly, however, after the end of the third chorus, the music dies down and the sinister piano music from the beginning returns. Although we don’t see the cheating husband being run over, it is implied and there’s even a token ‘crash’ sound against a black screen. I’m already feeling that they’ve ruined the momentum of the song at this point. The piano music wasn’t necessary and actually did more harm than good, they could have just left it silent. Then we launch back into Carrie’s “bye bye’s,” and within a few seconds we’re back to piano music (very VERY bad move), and the mood has been totally messed up. It is then that we get all the song’s narrative that SHOULD have occurred at appropriate points within the song, and it is very well acted and put together. But it’s in the wrong section completely.

To top it all off, we now have shots of the Cadillac ‘healing’ itself after the crash, as if it never happened, and the mistress and wife riding in the same Cadillac after the funeral with no-one driving, yet the steering wheel moving. What? While it’s all nicely sinister, I’m struggling to make sense of it, and the chopping and changing of music, combined with putting scenes in the wrong places within the video and the too-slow moving of the video compared to the song just makes it one gigantic, confused mess that is trying to be too many things and ultimately ends up being nothing at all.

Too Disappointing.

This video is strange for all the wrong reasons, and clearly the extra time they have spent has been overdoing it. They’ve totally over-thought something that should have been so simple. They had the entire video laid out for them in the song. For such a plot-driven song and video, I’m pretty frustrated with this effort and disappointed that I and so many other people waited so long to view it.

Vickye is a guest contributor! Find her on her own site or Twitter, @FTcountryRecord!

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About Vickye

Vickye was born and continues to live in England, and discovered country music at the age of 13 through the internet. She loves Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton among others, but Taylor Swift is a secret guilty pleasure because she used to be a proper fangirl! She's in her final year of doing 'Popular Music Studies' at college, loves reading country music academia and has her own blog on country music, For The Country Record. She hopes one day to finally visit Nashville.

9 Replies to “Carrie Underwood Two Black Cadillacs Video Review”

  1. I completely disagree with this review.

    In my opinion, you just didnt get the video and the reference to Christine. The alternating environment is also meant to add to the mystery of the video.

    And a video thats a literal translation of the song? too predictable and boring

    Just because your imaginationis limited, doesnt mean that carrie has to be limited too.

  2. You missed the ENTIRE point of the Video! Carrie got Stephen King’s permission and blessing to make it an homage to his book and movie “Christine.” The entire video is based on that movie and book. So if you are confused- that is why. The video is AMAZING and it is NOT confusing at all!

    I am tired of all the country music videos containing the same boring elements: Beer, Trucks, Hot girls, and corn fields or tractors. Talk about lame and overdone!

    Brad Paisley is the only guy lately with any creativity and imagination in his videos. The rest all make every video the same boring cliche about country music– beer, trucks and hot women. How imaginative.

    Carrie dares you to use your imagination and think for once, and once you do– you see all the greatness of this video and its homage to Stephen King.

    If anyone is disappointed, it is the readers of this blog as you clearly missed the glaring reference to the movie.

    It is not confusing at all, and it is brilliant.

  3. Seriously? The video is brilliant and you missed the entire point of it. Carrie told ET that she got Stephen King’s permission to do an homage to Christine, and he gave it. He even blogged about it on his facebook account and posted the video. Before posting a blog trashing Carrie’s amazing video, at least do your homework. It is not confusing at all but crystal clear and very well done.

    Don’t we have enough beer, trucks and tractor videos on CMT already as it is? Can we not enjoy something creative and different for once?

    The way the car drives Carrie and the wife at the end by itself was brilliant, and right out of Christine. The car going back to new and fixing its own dents was also based on Christine, as was the sudden blaring of the music after the creepy silence. It was meant to startle you, just like in the movie.

    Every detail was painfully worked on to make it a perfect homage to Stephen King, and it was. Brillaint!

    Have some imagination and try to think outside the box. It will do you good to watch something other then drunk guys in trucks with hot chicks singing how “country” they are. So boring.

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  5. Based on your personal profile. We know why you dislike this video.
    All the TOO CONFUSING…TOO DISAPPOINTING..words by you are basically scripted.
    Don’t comment if you have nothing nice to say.
    I know you are just a blogger reviewing something, but keep that bias inside your heart, not for public viewing.

  6. this review is just too over thought.Reads like a young child trying to sound important.
    The writer clearly missed the whole point of the video.
    Too bad

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  8. Did you duck when you heard that wooooshing sound, because it is obvious this video went right over your head. 😉 Creativity is in the eye of the beholder I guess. I thought the video was brilliant!