The Bottom Line
There really can't be too many rousing rock hits about the healing power of a solid romantic relationship. Some guy has been driven to drink, and the slow pursuit of Kelly Clarkson can heal the pain. That's the message here, and it seems a plausible one. It is also likely to drive the second big smash single from All I Ever Wanted to the upper reaches of the pop singles chart.
- Seriously rocking hook
- Solid lyrics
- Kelly Clarkson's clarion voice
- Standard rock arrangement
- Written by Greg Wells, Katy Perry, and Kara DioGuardi
- Produced by Howard Benson
- Released April 2009 by RCA Records
Guide Review - Kelly Clarkson - "I Do Not Hook Up"
The song "I Do Not Hook Up" first emerged with the title "Hook Up" as a track for a Katy Perry album that remains unreleased. The song was given to Kelly Clarkson to record for her album All I Ever Wanted, and she has done it justice. She steers into an overtly rock mood here, and the song's message about taking a relationship slow if you really want the most positive benefits can't be missed.
Howard Benson, the man in the producer's chair for such hits as All-American Reject's Move Along, My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, and the Daughtry debut album, is at helm for "I Do Not Hook Up" giving the song a very muscular rock arrangement. The sound is somewhat standard issue, but it is Kelly Clarkson's vocals that take this recording to the next level.
With all of the star power in production and songwriting, Kara DioGuardi has a hand in putting the song together, great things should be expected, and "I Do Not Hook Up" does not disappoint. There is a serious point about relationships in the lyrics, Kelly Clarkson proves she knows her way all around a melodic rock song, and you will find yourself singing along. Add another to the growing list of classic Kelly Clarkson singles.