This was a golden opportunity to get lyrical quality back on country radio. These are the artists behind recent masterpieces such as "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Two Black Cadillacs", not to mention two of the only female A-listers. Why did they have to record a bad-girl anthem? And not a very good one at that. It doesn't even really say anything, it's pretty much a feminized Brantley Gilbert bad-ass rocker.
I will give it this: despite the obnoxious production, below average melody and hollow lyrics, Miranda does sound pretty good here. There was the potential here for a shout-fest but that doesn't happen. That said, I'm not a fan of Underwood on this one. Never been a fan of her performances on her bad-girl stuff before ("Undo It", "Before He Cheats", "Last Name") and "Somethin' Bad" does nothing to change my feelings on that. Too exaggerated for my liking.
*sigh* What could have been legendary adds up to nothing more than irritating radio filler. How disappointing.
Listen: "Somethin' Bad"