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Review: Feeling blown away by Carrie Underwood at Staples Center

Review: Feeling blown away by Carrie Underwood at Staples Center

Carrie Underwood’s choice of a tornado as the central image for her current "Blown Away" album and tour became something of a double-edged sword as her show unfolded Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

On one hand, it’s a powerful symbol of a force of nature analogous to Underwood’s titanium pipes, which at times seemed capable of filling the arena with no help from a PA system.

On the other, a tornado is a force beyond human control that typically leaves a trail of destruction wherever it touches down, a trait Underwood also shared throughout a show that opened at maximum voltage and operated there for the bulk of the evening.

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