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This review is from: My December (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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Initial post: Jun 26, 2007 9:28:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 26, 2007 9:28:54 AM PDT
There are lots of "perfect" albums over the years. In 2006, The Orange Album by Stefy is perfect imo. I've read she spend years putting it together and it really shows. But back to Kelly, her new album is good and close to perfect. Good job Kelly for sticking it to the man!!!
Posted on Jun 28, 2007 4:44:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2007 4:50:55 PM PDT
Oliver Penn says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2007 8:19:06 AM PDT
Jennifer in TX says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2007 9:41:15 AM PDT
A. Meyer says:
Posted on Jul 4, 2007 3:13:16 PM PDT
Mark T. Brody says:
Kelly gets a 5 star album because she wanted to go in her own creative direction..... even thought the album sucks? I don't get it. I really don't.
Posted on Jul 6, 2007 5:38:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2007 5:42:31 PM PDT
Kelly is not ready. As much as I think of her, her songwriting skills are just not there, at least not yet. You're right, I'm Unreal, this album does not deserve five stars. The Divinyls Desperate from 1983 was an awesome punk-rock album. This one is not. Unfortunately, there are fans who will lavish praise on absolutely anything an artist does, even if it's bad. Kelly Clarkson could produce an album where all she does is yodel on it for 45 minutes and there are people who would give her 5 stars and call it "amazing." But, there are good things to be said about this most recent effort. She's got guts. I read she is going to be making a country album. That should be interesting and, given Kelly's vocal ability, may be very good.
Posted on Jul 7, 2007 12:09:41 PM PDT
I do believe that you are referring to those that are "higher up", in reference to the power chain at the record company. "Hire ups" has no meaning in this sentence as the spelling "hire" means to employ and is not a description of power or control.
well, the problems the hire ups have had with letting
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2007 6:16:11 PM PDT
Well, really, she wrote the hidden "Chivas" by herself. The rest she had help on from people who helped her on Breakaway, and that is what people do not realize or choose to ignore when it is written RIGHT THERE in the album notes.
Posted on Oct 19, 2007 3:38:26 PM PDT
"Who has made a perfect album?"
Posted on Aug 24, 2008 11:45:54 AM PDT
SPOON has made **THREE** perfect albums. They are called "Kill The Moonlight", "Gimme Fiction" and "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga". Check them out!