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Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away (RCA)

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Kelly Clarkson
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The Bottom Line

One of the most impressive things about "Walk Away," the new single from Kelly Clarkson, is that this is the 5th single from her smash album Breakaway. By this time, typically, the artist is beginning to scrape the bottom of the barrel to wrestle one last hit. This single is one of the best songs from the album.

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Pros

  • Kelly Clarkson rocks again
  • Classic pop-rock style
  • Illustrates her versatility

Cons

  • Difficult to find a real negative here

Description

  • Throbbing bass
  • Anthemic chorus
  • A vocal request to demonstrate commitment by action not just words

Guide Review - Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away (RCA)

After spawning 4 major top 10 singles ("Breakaway," "Since U Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and "Because of You") and spending 60 weeks in the top 20 of the pop albums chart, you might expect the album Breakaway to be running out of steam, but then along comes the 5th single "Walk Away." It is a pop-rock anthem that may not quite reach the status of "Since U Been Gone" but rivals any of the album's other singles in quality.

"Walk Away" is one of 5 collaborations with studio MVP Kara DioGuardi from the album and the first to be released as a single. DioGuardi has become one of the most sought after songwriter/producers playing key roles on hits from Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me" to Lindsay Lohan's "Confessions of a Broken Heart." For additional insurance Canadian couple Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, frequent Avril Lavigne collaborators, assisted on "Walk Away."

Kelly Clarkson is arguably the most talented vocalist and song interpreter DioGuardi has worked with, and she drives home the song's insistence on romantic commitment with grit and style. Clarkson has said "Walk Away" is her Annie Lennox-type song, and her singing here does bear some resemblance to Lennox' gut-bucket approach to rock-oriented songs, particularly in a nearly a capella passage just past the song's midpoint. Look for this single to be in the pop top 10 soon.

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