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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.Read more ›
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!
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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Played until scratched vinyl is alike. The track, Haunted...played itself in the car. Eerily comforting.Published 14 days ago by Jordan
Heart breaking, non stop jamming to this artist's songs and how the melody of each song has you thinking about that someone from the past, someone you're with right now and or... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bella
Had missed getting this,love Kelly,good cd,came fast as promisedPublished 11 months ago by marjorie a. kemmerer
The spectacular Kelly Clarkson's most personal work. Songs all co-authored by Kelly very heartfelt, emotional and at times raw. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tim Lumsden
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Cassee48
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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|