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As Kelly prepares the worldwide release of her new album, she's riding another hit single and video, 'Breakaway,' which is quickly becoming one of the hottest songs at radio for the fall of 2004, as well as the setup track for this new record. With contributions from some of the biggest producers in music today (John Shanks, Max Martin, Clif Magness, Ben Moody), Kelly's new record will further broaden her base as a worldwide pop star. The publicity campaign surrounding the launch of this album, one of the most anticipated pop events of the year, will see Kelly everywhere leading into this holiday season.
Kelly Clarkson could have played her American Idol-propelled career much differently, languishing in the role of dippy ingénue or shunting her musical development by leaning too heavily on overnight stardom. Instead she dug in her heels and allowed good sense (or a good manager) to steer, and somewhere Simon Fuller and the rest of the TV gang ought to be smiling. Credit Breakaway, which couldn't be more aptly titled--the sophomore effort represents a seismic split from the thin if pretty debut, Thankful. Here we encounter Clarkson as superstar, with the humility that made her likable on the first disc tucked tightly under her arm. First single and leadoff track "Breakaway" topped the pop charts on arrival, and its rock-friendly thumps, dips, and rolls don't wear out their welcome. Instead,they blend into the firestorm of beats and guitars that is "Since U Been Gone," another shout-it-out rocker. Those songs set the tone for the rest of the disc in all its fury: The innocence is long gone, "Addicted" and "Hear Me" say. The big, expressive voice ringed by the occasional high-pitch trill--the one that prompted millions to get behind her on Idol--doesn't dip entirely off the radar, though. On "Where Is Your Heart" and the stunning live closer "Beautiful Disaster," it's there in full force--a hint, maybe, that despite the wide, smart career step Breakaway represents, her fans come first. -Tammy La Gorce
Top customer reviews
I think this is the perfect title for her CD. She broke away from the mold of engineered robotic talent. She has great talent and thankfully America took notice and didn't wait around for another manufactured Britney Spears. I really like the songs and the guitar riffs in this new CD. You are totally awesome Kelly! Her voice is beautiful. It's soft yet strong; sweet yet powerful. This girl has the chops & the will power of a star. She has earned everything she has received. Defiantly her best album ! This album is the best! It has so many great songs from ballads to pop anthems to a little rock. You won't be able to get the songs out of your head.
millions of records worldwide,[This album alone 12 million plus]
she is a force to be admired. Mr.Bassman Randy Jackson, one of
the judges on American Idol knew this after Kelly auditioned,
with her voice only..no music![You can watch her audition on
She has a powerful voice that hypnotizies some folks. Kelly can
rock with the best, and slow it down for a ballad/romantic song.
The record Company RCA put their might behind her, along with Max
Martin the producer, and of course Clive Davis. Later it would be
Sony and Walt Disney that wanted a slice of the cake; but the early
work is much better. Like this CD?
Then came the similarities between Kelly and Avril Lavigne, also
on RCA/Arista. Well, Avril did co-write the title song for this
album along with "Since you been Gone." Therefore nothing seems
amiss with their musical relationship.
"Breakaway" features outstanding production, and loud musicians.
I would have replaced the drummer. His technical skills were not
really in vogue with Kelly and the rest. So...let's give Kelly
four stars based on her terrific abilities to get out of Texas
and sing her heart out.Kelly really did "Breakaway".
Think I might drive to Texas and see if I can find another Kelly
in a small town. Or is that simply duplication, or impossible?
Here's what on the discs...
1. Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson, Gerrard, M.
2. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson, Sandberg, Martin
3. Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson, Clarkson, Kelly
4. Because of You - Kelly Clarkson, Clarkson, Kelly
5. Gone - Kelly Clarkson, DioGuardi, Kara
6. Addicted - Kelly Clarkson, Clarkson, Kelly
7. Where Is Your Heart - Kelly Clarkson, Kreviazuk, Chantal
8. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson, Kreviazuk, Chantal
9. You Found Me - Kelly Clarkson, DioGuardi, Kara
10. I Hate Myself for Losing You - Kelly Clarkson, DioGuardi, Kara
See all 12 tracks on this disc
1. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson, Sandberg, Martin
2. Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson, Clarkson, Kelly
3. Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson, Gerrard, M.
4. Because of You - Kelly Clarkson, Clarkson, Kelly
5. Miss Independent - Kelly Clarkson,
6. Hear Me - Kelly Clarkson, Clarkson, Kelly
Some real substance here with "Addicted" being my favorite. This song is so haunting. I can't get it out of my head! Needs some airplay though. AMAZING!
Other standouts include:
Because of You
Where is Your Heart
Since U Been Gone