Carrie Underwood gets early raves for her ‘Play On’ tour

Carrie Underwood launched her Play On Tour Thursday with a sold-out show at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Penn.

“Underwood sang … Just a Dream, while on a rope swing,” wrote Jon Fassnacht of the Reading Eagle. “I Told You So was a virtual duet with Randy Travis at the Grand Old Opry. Change featured a dress that included its own light show.”

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Perhaps the show’s biggest surprise came in the form of a blue pick-up truck that lifted Carrie over the crowd during her cover of John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads.

”No, you’re not seeing things,” she said. “I’m in a giant blue truck in the air.”

“Underwood went through a couple of songs while the truck made a giant U-turn through the arena’s rafters and returned to the stage, like some sort of Disney World ride,” wrote Keith Groller of The Morning Call in Allentown, Penn.

Groller also wrote that “when it’s all said and done and the lights go off, the stage stops shifting and the streamers and confetti are swept away, Underwood’s voice remains the most special effect of all.”

Carrie played Friday in Albany, N.Y. and David Malachowski of the Albany Times Union had this to say: “Sure, there was a lot of pop sugar and country candy, but much more than most of her peers, Underwood understands how to connect with her audience, and her songs of love lost and won resonate with more resolve. And her voice, it’s just a gift from God.”

Carrie’s tour continues Saturday in Providence, R.I., and Monday in Portland, Maine.

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