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My December

Kelly ClarksonAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)

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In a story about “Mr. Know It All” — the first single off Kelly Clarkson’s new album Stronger — Entertainment Weekly calls the multi-platinum singer and songwriter “the samurai of shooting guys down.” Indeed Clarkson has earned herself millions of devoted fans thanks to her feisty, straight-talking lyrics. Clarkson’s hits such as “Miss ... Read more in Amazon's Kelly Clarkson Store

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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Records
  • ASIN: B000QFAJ7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Never Again
2. One Minute
3. Hole
4. Sober
5. Don't Waste Your Time
6. Judas
7. Haunted
8. Be Still
9. Maybe
10. How I Feel
11. Yeah
12. Can I Have A Kiss
13. Irvine

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Judging by the themes of anger and betrayal that dominate Kelly Clarkson's third disc, My December, perhaps 'Jagged Little Idol' would have been a more telling title. According to interviews, the massively successful artist wanted more creative control with her music going forward; as a result, unlike her previous CDs, Clarkson contributes as a songwriter on every track. The final product is not nearly as catchy as Breakaway, but is far more introspective and honest. My December's overall sound brings a harder musical style than fans might expect, with acerbic lyrics to match; the disc's first single "Never Again"--a dark rock song slamming her ex-boyfriend--is certainly a tip-off. The compelling chorus of "Hole" finds Clarkson singing "There's a hole/inside of me/it's so damn cold/slowly killing me" over a melody that is far more Tool than top-40. "Haunted" and "Judas" are wrought-over tracks that veer into Evanescence territory, while the wonderfully sparse "Maybe" is a highlight within which Clarkson's pleading voice is perfectly showcased. My December's final listed track, "Irvine" (prior to the hidden bluesy acoustic ballad "Chivas") sounds far more Cat Power-meets-Corinne Bailey Rae than Clarkson, but it is certainly one of the most captivating songs on the disc, and serves as yet another reminder of just how versatile her voice is. Fans of her previous radio-friendly releases may well be divided on her new direction, but it appears to be the path Clarkson is likely to continue to travel. --Denise Sheppard

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One of the most heralded voices in pop, Kelly Clarkson returns to reclaim her place at the top of the music scene with her new album My December. With every song on the record written or co-written by Kelly herself, My December is Clarkson's most personal record to date and shows tremendous growth as an artist. Going in a harder-hitting direction, the first single off the album, "Never Again," is all-attitude lyrics, edgy guitars and soaring vocals. And that's only one of the thirteen new tracks that showcase the sheer excellence of Kelly's artistic depth.

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up! June 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was never a Kelly Clarkson fan until this week. I didn't watch her on American Idol. I bought her first CD because I liked the single "A Moment Like This," but wound up disliking the rest of the CD. Sure, I found all those Top 10 hits from Breakaway catchy, but they were just so sugary. There was no real emotion in them; it was blatantly obvious that they existed solely to become hits and sell CDs. After a while, "Since U Been Gone," "Breakaway," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and "Because of You" melted into one big, mindless pop song trying to cash in on the emo craze and simultaneously retain pop radio appeal. And while they did get stuck in my head, I refused to listen to them because they seemed so obviously manufactured.

Not so with this disc. I downloaded it when it leaked on the Internet, just to see if it was any better than Breakaway. At that time, I hadn't heard about the controversy surrounding the album, so I wasn't biased in Kelly's favor; if anything, I had exceedingly low expectations for the album. Instead, I fell in love with it at first listen.

These songs are overtly different. They're not trying to be bouncy summer radio sing-alongs. They're not trying to reel you in with catchy hooks and keep you satisfied with lightweight melodies and inconsequential lyrics. These songs are heartfelt and, at times, downright hardcore. The lyrics aren't world-changing, but they ring true, and their titles are blessedly devoid of cutesy intentional misspellings. My December may not be steak, but it's certainly more filling than Breakaway-esque cotton candy.

In fact, when I first listened to the album, it reminded me of nothing so much as Origin-era Evanescence: pre-Fallen, pre-fame, pre-studio gloss.
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143 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly's Ready! June 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Everyone knows by now the problems that Clarkson has had with this disc -- well, the problems the higher ups have had with letting Clarkson have her own voice on record. But this is nothing new. In the world of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Clarkson had the guts to tinker with what worked. A poppy, melody written style that sucked in everyone who had ears. Did the change do her good? Yes-yes-yes. Is her album perfect? No. Who has made a perfect album? Not a dang soul out there.

What makes this album work so well. Is that Clarkson is TRYING!!!! Trying so hard not to be some cookie, cutter waif, with bleach blonde hair, kohl rimmed eyes, and a snarky attitude. The woman has substance. Songs like "Sober," with it's build up to an almost necessary rant is just plain talent!!! The disc pops with tracks that show a woman in transition. The contemplative "Irvine" with its hollow melody and Patty Griffin like simplicity is marvelous and Clarkson can drudge out a sour note like no other popstar on the market.

Clive Davis offered her a truck load of money to put more "sellable" songs on the disc and she chose not too -- again, guts! Clarkson is growing as a sonwriter. And its bumpy for her. Her lyrics, at times, are too simple, but when they hit the right mark -- she tells a relatebale story. A girl/becoming a woman in a world where she's feeling a lot less secure. When Clarkson sings: "Let it go ..." on "Be Still" there is a quiet pain in what she sings, a great connection to the lyric.

Guts alone to take a chance on your own vision as an artist should merit you credit. But when you work at it and it comes out as solid as Clarkson's "My December," you want to stand and cheer for the girl. She nails it. Daivs must also be a little deaf, if "Yeah" with its shout-back chorus and "One Minute" aren't radio friendly hits -- I don't know what is.

Congrats on, so far, having the best album of the year, Ms. Clarkson!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.... June 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album had so much negativity surrounding it, that some people wouldn't even give it a chance. I am SO happy Kelly took a chance and put HER album out there. I am so happy she didn't record based on anything being "radio friendly," and I am even happier she didn't feel the need to release a more positive album. In my opinion, the album is not negative. It is refreshing and inspiring. It tells us that we can have the worst of times and get through it. We aren't alone. It is truly amazing.

Her vocals are amazing as always and her lyrics are beautiful. The emotion she has in her songs is remarkable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply ... AMAZING!!! July 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Simply ... Amazing!!!

Okay so I bought this cd the very first day it came out because I simply LOVE Kelly. She was amazing on Idol and is MY favorite idol so far. Her voice is simply beautiful and her first 2 cds I love. I heard this crap talk about Clive and her fighting and was scared to hear what she would put out, at first listen, I thought `damn this cd is just ok, I do like Breakaway better' but now after many listens, after listening 2 the beautiful lyrics, the nice melodies and her haunting voice, this cd is amazing! I cannot get enough of it, its in my car, on my desk at work, my ipod and next to me at night for bed.

Never Again- Love it- love the words- 5 out of 5 Stars
One Minute- Didn't love at first but I find myself singing along to it- 5/5
Hole-Same as OneMinute, this is currently the song on repeat- 5/5
Sober-LOVE it, amazing, haunting! 5/5
Don't Waste Your Time- Fun song, 4/5
Judas- Love it! Great lyrics great beat 5/5
Haunted- Never caught on but still a great song 4/5
Be Still- One of my favs! Just great! 5/5
Maybe- Possibly my top 3, amazing! 5/5
How I Feel- Good song but not my fav I also find myself singing it when its not on 4/5
Yeah- Same as before, good song 4/5
Can I Have A Kiss- Love this song love the lyrics 5/5
Irvine- amazing! Just haunting- 5/5
Chivas- funny great her voice is amazing! 5/5

Buy the cd you will not be disappointed! BETTER, yes BETTER than Breakaway!
Kelly is one of the best today if not top 3 singers of the newer generation! Here to stay and I cannot wait for future music! Kelly is original, her voice is amazing and her songwriting is just as good! GO KELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COOL BEANS :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly Shows Her Deeper Side
Shows a deeper, darker, or heavier side of Kelly than her previous albums. Maybe I should state it as not as bubbly, upbeat, or bouncy as her other albums. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cassee48
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excelent product!!!
Published 1 month ago by BARBARA FERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly Clarkson
This is one of Kelly Clarkson's best CD's!!!
Published 2 months ago by Shannon2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic voice from AMERICAN IDOL.
Kelly Clarkson has that dynamic voice that is totally awesome. She has that wide vocal range that is simly amazing and truly can captivate an audience.
Published 7 months ago by JOSEPH JEDLICKA
4.0 out of 5 stars good solid album
I'm just starting to get into Kelly Clarkson's music. I have a few more of her albums to listen to, but this one was enjoyable. It didn't have an overly Pop feel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Q. Blunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album.
It's a story from the begin to the end. The emotions in the writing and singing is exactly how I felt while in my 20's and I imagine most of us all felt this way during that part... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Valerie Lynn Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly's Best Album So Far
When Kelly released her breakthrough album Breakaway in 2004, she made her origin, reality competition American Idol an even bigger hit. Kelly had turned into pop's biggest star. Read more
Published 13 months ago by textpal112
3.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Clarkson's last GREAT album(more like 3.5 stars)
In my opinion Clarkson started out strong with great albums like Thankful and Breakaway-and obviously this one. But since "all I ever wanted" the music has been lacking. Read more
Published 13 months ago by nobodygrl6
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly Clarkson: My December
I don't know why Kelly Clarkson didn't sell as many of My December CD's. I love this CD (and Kelly Clarkson), so I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Read more
Published 13 months ago by thebigbangtheoryfan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Album
My December is fantastic!! Kelly Clarkson depicts great emotion in a lot of her songs and I can relate to many. This is by far one of my favorite albums of hers.
Published 14 months ago by Mandi Thompson
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IS KELLY CLARKSON GOING COUNTRY ?????????
I actually read in this months Blender magazine that she is already working on her next alum and that it will have a country bluesy sound to it. So I guess she is sort of.
Jul 22, 2007 by Paul Shultz |  See all 12 posts
lets help kelly out read to find out how
Go to malls and hang flyers to help out Kelly? Are you serious? She has sold millions of cd's. She is QUITE wealthy. Her new cd will get plenty of buzz when it hits stores. If it doesnt sell as well as the last one...Kelly is an adult and she can handle it. She will be just fine. Trust me.
Jun 23, 2007 by DaBrandoChipper |  See all 18 posts
Winners vs Winners
I would absolutely go with Kelly Clarkson. She's always been my favorite. Carrie is a close second. I don't care for any of the other winners at all. Outside the winners realm, I also love Daughtry & Elliott Yamin. :)
Sep 19, 2007 by Shauna Future |  See all 13 posts
My December Album Review
01. Never Again - ok i love this song its really catchy i still don't get how it didn't to better on the radio .i know people who aren't kelly fans who love it great pop/rock song 10/10

02. One Minute -This song would make a great single and do great at clubs only thing is her voice sounds... Read More
Jun 10, 2007 by stephaniewolford |  See all 24 posts
The Best Song?
Maybe is a strong song, but the best song has to be Irvine
Jun 27, 2007 by S. Moore |  See all 36 posts
Proof that Never Again is a huge hit... Be the first to reply
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