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Sunday, September 03, 2006

CD Review: Kelly Clarkson

The young Texan made it big by winning American Idol, but Kelly Clarkson did not reach total stardom until the release of her second album, Breakaway. The young singer proved she has some major pipes on the show, but Breakaway is the first time the world gets a real glimpse of just how talented she really is.
Her first album, Thankful, kept her in the American Idol mold and gave her no room to express herself as an artist. This is not so with Breakaway. Kelly took the reigns on this one and provided numerous hits, including the girl power sing-a-long anthem "Since U Been Gone." The song talks about how a girl "can breathe for the first time" and is "so moving on" from an ex. Clarkson also talks about heartache with "Behind These Hazel Eyes," a rock driven number with a ton of power, and "Gone," displaying a want for independence. She delivers a knockout with "Walk Away" calling someone's bluff and simply telling them to leave and "walk away."
Kelly illuminates her past with "Because of You," a power ballad dealing with familial struggles growing up. The haunting melody of "Hear Me" has Kelly desperating calling out for someone to find and rescue her. "I Hate Myself for losing you" explains jsut that: how she's angry with herself for letting someone slip away. She reaches out for answers in the melancholy track "Where Is Your Heart." This song comes in the middle of the album, slowing things down a bit following the angst-lined "Addicted," where she compares a relationship to being addicted to a drug that has the significant other constantly with her "like a leech sucking the life from [her]."
She turns things around with the optimistic ray of hope in "You Found Me." Here she expresses how she was found "when no one else was looking" and wondering "how did you know just where I would be?" She wraps up the album with a heart-tugging live rendition of "Beautiful Disaster," a gorgeous duet of voice and piano.
Breakaway is an awesome album because it delivers songs from all over the spectrum from the emotional releases of "Addicted" and "Because of You", to blare through your speakers and scream it like you don't care tracks like "Walk Away." This album offers a variety of songs that can appeal to a wide range of people, and serves up a fun time for the girls while driving in the car.


At 9/03/2006 6:57 PM, Blogger Nat said...

I love that you did your review on Kelly Clarkson. I liked the way you presented it. The only thing I didn't like was that I dont think I would like the CD because it seems like all relationship songs. I kind of felt like you talked alot about the lyrics and not so much about style, or maybe I just forgot all that I read. Overall, good review for someone who is on medicine and sick. Love you!

At 9/03/2006 8:36 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

I completely agree with how Thankful kept her in the mold. I own it and I really only ever listened to the first three songs and the last two covers. But it sounds like maybe I should check out this one.

At 9/03/2006 8:39 PM, Blogger Godfather Outlaw said...

fabulous presentation.. I like how you went through each song and explained it a little - and the "to blare through your speakers and scream it like you don't care" line adds a sweet touch. WOO.

At 9/03/2006 9:52 PM, Blogger Mistuh Bond said...

It's terrible how a review can be done about Kelly Clarkson, considering how phenomenal of a singer she is. With those amazing drives of her voice...ohhh. I like your comparissons.

At 9/03/2006 9:54 PM, Blogger Dennis Fuller said...

kelly clarkson is so 5 minutes ago.

At 9/03/2006 11:33 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

I hate kelly clarckson, but this review is pretty fair. So kudos.

At 9/03/2006 11:34 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

or clarkson


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