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on September 6, 2011
Everyone who knows me knows how incredibly eager I have been for new Kelly Clarkson music since wearing out her previous effort "All I Ever Wanted" (her song "Don't Let Me Stop You" has scored 132 plays and counting on my iTunes). I search Google news for Kelly daily, and have been tracking the progress of the new album since its infancy. This is all to say that my expectations for this song were impossibly high. The weekend before her live webcast to debut the single, a demo version of the track leaked online, so I broke my rule to wait for the official release and gave it a listen. My first impression was a rather negative one, but that's how I feel upon listening to all of her work for the first time. Like all of Kelly's songs, this one just got better with each successive spin. I found the song a bit sleepy and formulaic (much like "Already Gone" in that sense). The ubiquitous comparisons to Bruno Mars's "Just the Way You Are" are entirely warranted; the drum track is resoundingly similar to Mars's song. However, I see the merit in mimicking his style, given the landscape of pop music today. Because Kelly is not a Gaga, Ke$ha, or Britbot, heavily produced dance artist, it is smart for her team to steer her toward a style that has had recent success with a more nuanced sound. The R&B flavor of this song dates back to Kelly's Idol and "Thankful" days, and it is difficult to stifle a sassy finger-wave or snap while singing along. That sassy swagger is Kelly's signature; even though this track isn't a guitar-heavy break-up song expected of a lead single, it still delivers that same girl-power punch. I appreciate her ability to defy the audience's expectations and completely own any avenue she decides to pursue. Her exquisite vocal delivery is a constant throughout the eclectic and fickle production that backs her from single to single and album to album. Some of my favorite moments in the song are the beautiful and soulful bridge (another Clarkson trademark), and the mouthful of lyrics that almost reminds me of the hook in Donna Lewis's "I Love You Always Forever" when Kelly wails "you ain't got the right to tell me / when and where to go, no right to tell me." Overall, the song also reminds me of then sentiment in Ben Folds's recent single "You Don't Know Me." It's a phrase that many of us go back to time and time again for self-empowerment, a theme of which Kelly is Queen.
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on December 25, 2012
This is the first purchase of a Kelly Clarkson song and I really like it. (Thought it was someone else initially) Will likely buy more of hers now.
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on January 21, 2016
as it should be
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