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Deluxe Edition includes a bonus DVD with 14 music videos of hers. Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released 5 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 10 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Academy of Country Music Awards, 1 Country Music Association Award and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson's most recent effort Stronger debuted at #2 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Digital Albums Chart. The album is certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and produced the smash singles, "Mr. Know It All" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" which marks Kelly's 9th and 10th Top 10 hit. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) was #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart for two consecutives weeks (3 weeks total) marking her 3rd #1 on the Hot 100 chart after 2002's "A Moment Like This" and 2009's "My Life Would Suck Without You." Kelly was recently a mentor on ABC's Duets as well as a guest mentor for Team Blake on NBC's the Voice. Kelly was recently nominated for a 2012 CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year.
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anyway having said all of that while i like her voice i feel its a bit early for a greatest hits package and the main cuts on here almost really good, but nothing i'd call a memorable track. i think country pop in a Olivia Newton John kind of way might give her that track that stands for her.this isn't a bad start,just not what i call greatest hits product on a whole. it feels rushed and a act very much still a work in progress.
I want to be especially respectful to Ms. Clarkson here, but it may be a bit premature for a Greatest Hits CD, no? I mean, sure her immortal and highly intelligent songs like My Life Would Suck Without You and Catch my Breat (sic) catapult her to diva royalty that eclipses even the late, okay Whitney Houston, but maybe she should wait until one of her songs actually becomes the theme of a WWE event before she puts out a Greatest Hits collection! Who's with me on that, huh?! I knew it!
Still, I bought this CD because a lot of its songs are inarguably some of the greatest contributions to American music since Elvis Presley shook his hips and curled his lip. I mean, I can't even begin to excitably tell you how many times Behind Those Hazel Eyes got me through many long, torturous hours of doing homework. Similarly, I can't even express to you how Since U Been Gone steeled me through absolutely hellish times in my life, such as when my pet goldfish died, and I had to flush his a/s/s down the toilet because he started to smell.
Clearly, it goes without saying, now that I have briefly thought it over, that Ms. Clarkson has indeed put out an impregnably solid body of musical work that totally justifies this Greatest Hits CD. In fact, thinking about this whole issue even a little bit harder and longer, I am starting to get really, really furious that her evil, probably un-libertarian, record label refused to put out a Greatest Hits CD sooner than today! How dare they! Clearly, Ms. Clarkson deserved to put out a Greatest Hits CD from the first second that she was named Ms. American Idol 10 years ago. Sheesh!
Clarkson's first album Thankful (2003) is represented by no. 9 Grammy-nominated hit "Miss Independent" (Track 3) and no. 1 American Idol winning single "A Moment Like This" (Track 16). These are the two most representative cuts of Clarkson's debut, so kudos to the choices made. The Deluxe version tacks on "Beautiful Disaster" near the end, but ultimately disregards the excellent "Trouble With Love Is" and minor hit "Low." Even so, "Miss Independent" and "A Moment Like This" are more definitive.
Second album 2004's sextuple-platinum, 2x Grammy winning juggernaut Breakaway is the best represented effort, sporting no. 2 hit "Since U Been Gone" (track 1), no. 6 hit "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (track 5), no. 7 ballad "Because Of You" (track 6), no. 6 Avril Lavigne co-write "Breakaway" (track 10) and no. 12 "Walk Away" (track 12). All five songs were huge hits at the time and represent the pop chanteuse at her very best. No quibbles here.
Third album 2007's My December was Clarkson's miss. There was controversy all along the way between Clarkson and Clive Davis in regards to the tone and material featured on the album. While Clarkson failed to back down, sales weren't favorable and the sole hit was the dark no. 8 cut "Never Again." The cut does make an appearance here (track 7), following "Because of You" and serving as a darker contrast to the somber ballad.
Fourth album, 2009's 'comeback' All I Ever Wanted is represented by bubblegum sensible no. 1 "My Life Would Suck Without You" (track 2) and popular no. 13 hit "Already Gone" (track 8). "I Do Not Hook Up" only graces the deluxe edition. While it's absence could scrutinized since it was a top 20 hit, it's absence is also justifiable.
2011's Stronger (Deluxe Version) yields representation via no. 10 hit "Mr. Know It All" (no. 9) and no. 1 hit "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (track 4). These are the two most notable cuts from Stronger, though "Dark Side" wouldn't have been questioned had it appeared.
As for the rest, "Don't You Wanna Stay" is a sound choice (track 11) considering it was part of Jason Aldean's breakthrough and did hit the top 40. "Catch My Breath" (track 13) is a solid promo single, even if it isn't as strong as the juggernauts showcased on this compilation (produced by Sound Kollectiv) . "People Like Us" (track 14) finds Clarkson in solid voice against a driving pop production (produced by Greg Kurstin). "Don't Rush" (track 15) is certainly pleasant, with Vince Gill adding nice vocal harmonies to Clarkson's lead (produced by Dann Huff). Closing cut "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (track 17) is described as the iTunes Session Version, produced by Thuy-An Julien. Maybe its inclusion is odd, but Clarkson performs it extremely well if nothing else.
All-in-all, there are no missteps on this compilation. The standard version accomplishes the task of showcasing Clarkson's biggest hits while the Deluxe adds a few more notable pieces of her discography. The new cuts don't propel Clarkson's star any loftier, but do find her in superb voice. Highly recommended for both the die-hard and casual Kelly Clarkson fan. 4 stars.