Carrie Underwood, "Temporary Home"
The second single from Carrie Underwood's chart-topping new album, "Play On," finds the gifted artist switching gears from her feisty previous single to this poignant, finely crafted ballad. Underwood co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and Zac Maloy, and each verse profiles someone facing a challenge, from a young boy to a single mother to a dying old man. Hope reverberates through the scenarios as each character senses that life on Earth is but a temporary trial. Underwood has said that she aimed to reveal more of herself on this album, and her faith shines through here. Vocally, she has never sounded more heartfelt and compelling. "Temporary Home" is a powerful song that's stirring but not preachy, and Underwood's performance is sure to resonate strongly with listeners.-Deborah Evans Price