The Bottom Line
It looks now like Kelly Clarkson's album My December will be seen as the artistic triumph that was just a brief pause in her commercial and chart success. "My Life Would Suck Without You," the first single from All I Ever Wanted is poised to be her next pop mega-hit that will please a wide range of music fans across the pop and rock spectrum. The first great single of 2009 has arrived.
- Pop perfection
- Strong, clear vocals
- Memorable title and lyrics
- Written by Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, and Claude Kelly
- Produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke
- Released January 2009 by RCA Records
Guide Review - Kelly Clarkson - "My Life Would Suck Without You"
No Kelly Clarkson fan should fear whether or not she would ever have a true follow up to the #1 smash "Since U Been Gone." Reuniting with the Max Martin and Dr. Luke production team that helmed "Since U Been Gone," Clarkson has unleashed 4 minutes of pop perfection that could easily end up one of the biggest hits of the year.
Elbowing her way into the independent female territory of Katy Perry and Pink, Kelly Clarkson adds just enough sugary bubblegum to the mix to leave listeners with a sweet smile on their face. A key element that sets "My Life Would Suck Without You" above the competition is Clarkson's vocals. She once again displays the clear, resonant pipes that took her to the top of the first season of American Idol.
After displaying ample versatility in edgier rock and a sojourn into country music, Kelly Clarkson has returned home to the pop foundation of her work. It is indeed a welcome return, and expect to see her back near the top of the pop singles chart very soon. Bring on the charging synths, drums, and one of the most clever song titles in recent memory.