By Grady Smith
Updated February 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM EST
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It’s been almost three years since her last album, and Carrie Underwood is ready to make her comeback.

This morning, the country superstar released her new single “Good Girl,’ the lead track from her upcoming fourth album (set to arrive on May 1), exclusively on iTunes, where it’s already holding strong in the Top 10.

The song is an outright rocker, a natural progression from her last uptempo solo single, “Undo It,” which found Underwood flirting with an edgier sound. This time around, the Idol winner growls at a “no good” man over electric guitar riffs and pounding hand-claps. Someone get the girl a can of AquaNet and a comb so she can tease out some classic ’80s hair.

“Good Girl” reminds me of the types of songs Shania Twain was releasing at the peak of her career — rock-influenced pop with a just a tinge of country. Sure it might not please old-school traditionalists, but it does seem poised for potential crossover success.

Plus, I have to admit: it’s kind of refreshing to hear a country song that doesn’t feature obligatory fiddle runs added for the sole purpose of making sure the song gets played on country radio.

You can listen to a snippet of the song (or just go ahead and buy it) here. Once you’ve given it a spin, let us know what you think in the comments!

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