Carrie Underwood, "Cry Pretty"
You can't exactly call it a comeback, but Carrie Underwood sings like she has a point to prove on her new single, "Cry Pretty." Her first new solo material to arrive in almost two years, it soars on spiraling guitars and Underwood's bravura singing, which turns this ode to vulnerability – penned by Underwood and Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna – into an even more bombastic anthem than her recent sports-themed collaboration with Ludacris, "The Champion." "Cry Pretty" will make its suitably glitzy live debut this Sunday at the ACM Awards. J.G.