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Kelly Clarkson is Clearly Stronger

Andy Ellis | A&E Editor | 11-7-2011

Although there have been many winners since Kelly Clarkson on American Idol, she will always be the original American Idol winner.  Her voice won her legions then, and she still blows people away with her ability to evoke emotion into any song she gets her hands on.  She continues to show that ability on her fifth album, “Stronger.”

One thing I noticed with her new release is that it’s not the quietest album I’ve ever heard, but that’s not a bad thing.  The quietest song is the closer, “Breaking Your Own Heart,” and that’s not really saying too much.  Even towards the end of the song she releases the power of her vocal cords, and you can’t help but feel the emotion she’s delivering.  I don’t really feel as if there is a bad song on the album, but when it comes to one stand-out for me there’s the lead single “Mr. Know It All,” then there’s “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” and for my third favorite I’ll go with “Hello” because the guitar intro hooked me instantly.

As an album it’s really good, and I can totally see myself listening through the whole thing many times.  What makes it all so worth listening to is that it isn’t just the choruses that are good, it’s the whole song.  It’s a great album of music that I think can be thoroughly enjoyed by music fans everywhere.  Tim McGraw has a song that goes “Some say it’s too country/Some say it’s too rock and roll/But It’s just good music if you can feel it in your soul,” and that’s what this album is.

My Grade: 5 out of 5 stars