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Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted

Triumphant Return to the Pop Mainstream

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Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted

Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted

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When Kelly Clarkson prevailed in the release of her introspective My December album over the wishes of record label executives, many feared that it was a career-killing move. The release of All I Ever Wanted and triumphant success of the incessantly poppy lead single "My Life Would Suck Without You" should lay any worries to rest. Kelly Clarkson is back.

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One Of the Top Voices In Pop Music

The most obvious strength of Kelly Clarkson as a recording artist is that she simply has one of the most powerful and accomplished voices in pop music today. Given an outstanding song, Clarkson can nail it to the wall, and she has a series of impressive pop singles to her credit. She flies high here with the bubblegum rock of "My Life Would Suck Without You" and the midtempo bounce of the title cut. "Whyyouwannabringmedown" is a bracing, almost punkish, surprise.

Runs a Little Long

At 14 songs, All I Ever Wanted could have used a bit of trimming. "If I Can't Have You" is a little too close to Miley Cyrus' "Fly On the Wall" for comfort, and "Save You" sounds like a guest appearance from Pink. A solid 10 or 11 tracks is always better than an album padded out with lackluster material.

Top Tracks on All I Ever Wanted

  • "My Life Would Suck Without You"
  • "All I Ever Wanted"
  • "Whyyawannabringmedown"
  • "Ready"
  • "I Want You"

Welcome Back To the Top Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson's return to the pop mainstream is very welcome. There are songs here that will quickly become addictive for pop fans, and more hit singles are likely. Clarkson's ability to range from the punkish "Whyyawannabringmedown" to cute, bouncy "I Want You" shows that given a quality song she will turn in a memorable performance. Kelly Clarkson is an enduring pop star.

Released March 2009 by RCA Records

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 4 out of 5
A Backwards Step For Some. A Forward Step For Many, Member Jezza.

Without a doubt Kelly Clarkson has one of the best voices in the industry and is extremely gifted musically. However for some My December was too much to soon moving away from her largely top 40 audience. With all the controversy and lack of promotion surrounding My December Kelly Clarkson had a tough time in the industry with cancelled tours, weight publicly slagged by the media and record label deputes. Two years after all this Kelly Clarkson returns back to her pop roots with All I Ever Wanted. “My Life Would Suck Without You” has hit number one in both the UK and US charts and shows a return of one of pops best. One of Kelly Clarkson’s main musical gifts is her ability and variety in genres which is again shown on All I Ever Wanted. Such as pop track hits ""I Do Not Hook Up""; ""My Life Would Suck Without You"" and ""Don't Let Me Stop You"". The album also includes an upbeat almost techno track ""If I Can't Have You""; and punk rock track ""Whyyawannabringmedown."" Kelly again prospers in All I Ever Wanted where she writes or co-writes her own tracks, she brings out such emotion in tracks that have meaning to her such as (Because of You, Never Again, Irvine). She again shows this in ""Cry"" which is beautiful country waltz ballad written with My December's Aben Eubanks that will no doubt be in the next titanic movie. One thing that seems to be lacking in All I Ever Wanted is simply Kelly Clarkson herself and the personally and the emotion that we all love. It feels the producers have got there way this time and turned Kelly into what they want her to be. Six of the 14 tracks are covers on full demos such as two tracks from Katy Perry. The four tracks produced with Ryan Tedder lack originality from Ryan himself. They are all fantastic songs such as ""Already Gone"" which is beautiful and one of the albums picks but the beat sounds identical to Halo by Beyonce which was also produced by Tedder himself. ""If I Can't Have You"" also sounds almost exactly like the intro to Fly On the Wall by Miley Cirrus. Tip of My Tongue however breaks this trend and is Kelly's best effort of R&B to date which should have been put onto the original track listing. CD SINGLES PREDICITONS My Life Would Suck Without You I Do Not Hook Up Cry If I Can't Have You Already Gone / Tip of my Tongue Kelly Clarkson is one of the nicest, sincere artists you will ever meet and she deserves any success that comes her way. Most will feel satisfied with All I Ever Wanted which certainly packs some top 40 hits and keeps most of the Kelly we all know and love. We will certainly be hearing from Kelly Clarkson again, who is proving to be a true pop legend.

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