The song Blown Away serves as a milestone in the career of former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, as the song is the first time the American singer/songwriter/actress has tackled darker, more mature subject matter in her songs.
The lyrics of Blown Away tell the story of a girl and her revenge against an abusive father, which uses a tornado storm as the metaphor for her anger. As expected of a song that deals tragedy, Blown Away is sung in the key of A minor. However, instead of a slow beat, the song relies on a surprisingly fast 134 beats per minute, making the song danceable, in direct contrast with the message it contains. The song itself was praised by some critics as a fine example of Nashville storytelling, with the added bonus of a slick, more refined production.
Written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear, Blown Away garnered praise from notable music critics, including Taste of Country’s Billy Dukes, who described the song as “dangerous, but irresistible” thanks in part to Carrie Underwood’s powerful voice, the grooving melody, and the odd mixture of strings, vocal overdubs and various synthesizers in order to create a neo-80s mixture of the Eurythmics and the Nine Inch Nails.