Carrie Underwood laid waste to a vehicle with a Louisville Slugger as a way to get even with her unfaithful man in “Before He Cheats” and, earlier this year, did away with an abusive husband by poisoning him in “Church Bells.” She takes a totally different approach to handling infidelity with her latest single and video for “Dirty Laundry.”
Cast entirely in vivid black-and-white, the clip, directed by Shane C. Drake, co-stars several humans, plus a menagerie of wildlife: lions, snakes and owls. Underwood says they “represent the parallels between human and animal behavior and instincts [and] look great interwoven with visuals of emotional women and men. It gave us a way to portray one of my songs in a way we’ve never done before.”
The singer and her screen companions (especially the human ones) stare intensely into the camera as Underwood fiercely sings, “Now I’ma have to hang you out to dry, dry, dry / Clothespin all your secrets to the line, line, line / Leave ’em blowing in the wind, just say goodbye to you.” Her conclusion that “All the Ajax in the world ain’t gonna clean your dirty laundry” may not win her a product endorsement deal for the cleanser, but the fourth single from the half-million-selling Storyteller LP has already given the multiple CMA nominee another Top 20 – and climbing – hit.
“Dirty Laundry” was co-written by Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley and Hillary Lindsey, who have all contributed several tunes to Underwood’s five studio albums, especially Linsdey, a writer or co-writer on more than two dozens tunes the superstar has cut since her 2005 debut.
Underwood has four CMA Award nominations this year. In addition to her first-ever bid for the top prize of Entertainer, she’s up for Album (Storyteller), Female Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for “The Fighter,” her duet with Keith Urban. She’s also performing and co-hosting the live telecast opposite Brad Paisley. The 50th CMA Awards air Wednesday, November 2nd, on ABC.