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In 2007, Kelly Clarkson did the unthinkable by releasing 'My December' - coming off the back of one of the most successful albums of the decade, she decided to deliver a grungy, introspective and unashamedly bitter rock album - far from the pop gloss of 'Since U Been Gone' or 'Breakaway'. With Kelly as the sole writer of the entire album, she rejected multi-million dollar incentives from her record label to replace the tracks with radio-friendly hits written by professional songwriters. The controversial album showed that Kelly was not only unafraid of rocking the boat, but was determined to be seen as a serious artist. 'My December' was not an instant favourite of mine, but has over time, won a place in my heart as an incredible album. The dark lyrics, the production and Kelly's vocals really capture the dark place that Kelly was in when she penned this record, and should be praised as one of the most daring moves of her career.
Kelly plays the role of the wronged lover on most tracks. The opening song, 'Never Again', is probably the most commercial song on this collection. The lyrics are brilliant: "I hope the ring you gave to her turns her finger green" she hisses on the first line. The pounding drums, soaring chorus and chilling vocals - particularly in the bridge - make for a slightly abrasive and noisy pop-rock triumph. Without a doubt, one of the best of her career. The theme is continued on 'Judas', which is characterised by pulsating guitars and powerful vocals as Kelly sings "Couldn't believe, couldn't believe/How you deceived, you deceived/I never thought that you would do that to me." A simple lyric, with a profound delivery.
Some of the louder tracks are let down by their lack of melody in the chorus. 'One Minute' and 'Hole' are conceptually, amazing songs, but are a little too shouty for my liking. 'One Minute' deals with the exhaustion and confusion of being on tour, where nothing seems permanent or familiar. "You're going crazy, running on empty" she sings robotically on the first verse, trying to convey her fatigue. 'Hole' similarly deals with feelings of emptiness and a sense of being lost - the guitar riff is heavily influenced by 70s rock music, and adds a new dimension to Kelly's sound that I have never heard before. A good addition to the set, although the chorus is a little weak.
She is at her strongest, lyrically, when she is not simply speaking through the voice of a woman scorned. 'Don't Waste Your Time' is about a friend who has taken advantage of you, and let you down, so you choose to let go of them. Kelly's emotive delivery is what really makes the song, and the easy melody is a good break from the noisy guitars of previous tracks. 'How I Feel' has more electronic elements to the production, and adds a bit more versatility to the flavour of the set. I just love the lyrics to it, as Kelly describes her life surrounded by married couples and children, while she remains single. A lot of people can relate to this tongue-in-cheek track, delivered with half humour, and half despair.
The album really succeeds in the stripped back, mid-tempo ballads. 'Sober' is a slow-building, strangely uplifting track that uses addiction as a metaphor for getting over a breakup. The slow, slightly stagnant track gradually builds momentum to a soaring climax, where Kelly's voice carries the bittersweet emotion of the song flawlessly. It's one of those tracks you will listen to over and over, as it becomes more spectacular with every listen. 'Maybe' is probably one of my favourite Kelly tracks of all time - the lyrics deal with being in love with someone, who is unwilling to be with you. Kelly plays the role of the borderline-obsessive woman who watches his life from a distance, waiting for him to come back to her. The guitar work on the track is amazing, and the gradual crescendo that the production builds to is rousing to the say the least. A flawless track for me.
The album is let down by the slightly listless 'Haunted' and 'Yeah', which are by no means bad songs, but are a little forgettable on listening to them. Even now, I struggle to remember their melodies despite owning the album for five years. 'My December' may have clearly benefited from being two tracks shorter.
The closing track, is artistically like nothing Kelly has ever done before. Allegedly, it was written at the lowest point of her career in California, on one of the dates of the 'Breakaway Tour'. The ethereal vocals, are haunting and sound nothing like Kelly has ever recorded before. She is completely destitute and alone, questioning her life and talking to God, maybe even contemplating suicide. The track is so dark given her previous work, yet it is such an amazing track, and such a deliciously dark close to the album.
The album is by no means perfect, and could benefit from a couple of more melodic up-tempo tracks, however, this is a fantastic dark and slightly gothic rejection of all things commercial - so the absence of radio-friendly tracks is warranted. Kelly's flawless vocals, rich in emotion are clearly made more compelling by her emotional ties which were forged in the writing process. For anyone who enjoys Kelly Clarkson's music, this album is a must-have. Anyone who likes the rock or singer-songwriter sound, give 'My December' a chance, it will definitely offer-up a pleasant surprise.
Highlights: Never Again, Sober, Judas, How I Feel, Maybe, Irvine
I paid just £1.97 for this album off Amazon.co.uk, which I thought was a bargain!
The album contains the single "Never Again" which was perhaps the rockiest single that Kelly has ever released. The song is a pop/ rock number featuring interesting lyrics from Kelly and vocals full of emotion and angst. I loved this single and I bought the album purely based on it. I am pleased to say that the rest of the album follows the same path as "Never Again", which is a path full of powerful meaningful songs. The songs don't all sound the same, even if they do follow a similar route. The album is a mix of both upbeat rocky numbers and slower songs that tug at the heartstrings. The album fully showcases the amazing vocals of Kelly and it shows how versatile she is as an artist. Kelly co wrote songs on the album and based them on her own life experiences. This probably explains the reason as to why Kelly put her heart and soul into the album itself. The rocky numbers sound great with amazing guitar riffs and the slower songs are ballads that Evanescence would be afraid of.
The album is great for when you're coming out of a relationship and you really want to let your anger show. This is what Kelly has focused on here and she's done it really well. Kelly has really focused on heartbreak here without it sounding predictible.
The album is VERY different to the previous albums that Kelly has released but she's done well here.
Definitely worth a listen.
My December is American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's third album and was released in 2007. She has an amazing voice that is really easy to listen too and most of her music has a pop rock kind of style to it.
You can buy My December for around £10 in most good music stores, for £4.98 on amazon or alternatively if you are a member of Spotify you can listen to it for free with your free account. (for more information on spotify see my spotify review.)
The track listing for My December is:
1 Never Again
2 One Minute
5 Don't Waste Your Time
8 Be Still
10 How I Feel
12 Can I Have A Kiss
This is a song about washing your hands of someone who you have broken up with in a relationship, its a really confident and cool song and I think the best off the album.
How I Feel
This song is about how there arent any good men left in the world, and when you feel like anyone who is dateable is taken, this is a really catchy song and is well worth a listen.
I didnt really like the song Haunted or Yeah, I just find them really boring and end up skipping them, they arent in my opinion as good as other songs on the album.
Overall this is a fairly decent album, it wasnt as good as her other albums but it still has some good tracks on it and was a good buy.
Being a HUGE Kelly Clarkson fan, I am slightly biased. However, this is one of her best albums to date.
The overall tone of the album is rock/pop, with the majority of tracks upbeat, with a few slower numbers thrown into the mix, such as Sober, Maybe, Be Still, and Irvine.
Songs you will find yourself playing over and over are: Never Again, One Minute, Hole, Sober, Maybe and Be Still. Having seen her perform tracks from this album live during her tour, it just reaffirmed how talented she is and what great tracks these are!
If you liked her previous album Breakaway, you will love this. If you aren't familiar with Kelly's work, she could be compared to the likes of Pink with a slightly softer side, the passion of Christina Aguilera but with slightly less power, or more latterly The Veronicas.
This is a great prequel to her latest album All I Ever Wanted.
My December is the third album from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, following on from previous CD Breakaway which was a massive global success, so does this offering continue in the same vain?
The album features the singles "Sober" and "Never Again" which perfectly describe the general sound of this album. Whereas her past two efforts have been pop based which Kelly does really well, this album moves into the rock domain. In my opinion, I just don't think this works & doesn't make the songs on offer very accessible.
In general, the lyrcis just don't sound that great and there doesn't seem to be much mood or feeling in the record. I'm not saying that this album is terrible, I would just say it's very average compared to what else is out there & will probably only appeal to the hardcore Kelly Clarkson fans.
I think Kelly has tried a new direction here to show her versatility and it hasn't quite paid off. You end up with a fairly standard album with nothing memoriable to it. Her first two albums were fabulous, I just hope her next album goes back to the sound of these & doesn't continue on from this effort.
My December was Kelly Clarkson's third album, released in mid 2007. The album marked a change of direction from the lighter pop of Thankful and Breakaway, and there was a bit of a fight to get it released. Written by Kelly herself after a low period, it was darker than her previous albums and her record company were initially reluctant to release it, and wanted her to either change several of the songs or delete the entire album and start again, depending on what source you read.
I originally bought this album a couple of years ago after liking Kelly's first two albums. The first thing I thought on buying it was actually, "What a beautiful dress! I wish I had one!" The album cover is very gothic with Kelly in a dramatic red ballgown in front of a sweeping staircase with weeds growing about the balustrades.
My first impression of this album was that it was not immediately as catchy as Breakaway. However, I've been listening to it for ages now and I've really grown to love it: in fact, I'd go as far as saying it's her best album yet. It's a very rock-based album and may not be to everyone's taste: however if you do like rock music I'd recommend you give this a try!
The album opens with Never Again, an angsty rock song which I love. This was the first single released from the album. One Minute and Hole are also angry songs with powerful guitar riffs and angsty vocals. Hole in particular has a really memorable guitar intro and sounds very dark: "There's a hole inside of me/It's so cold, slowly killing me". Things slow down a little with Sober, a powerful ballad which really showcases Kelly's voice.
Don't Waste Your Time is one of my favourite songs on the album. It continues the angry theme and sounds very personal. Judas brings religious references to a song about betrayal, while Haunted, another of my favourite tracks, is about somebody who committed suicide and has quite an eerie sound. Be Still is probably my least favourite song on the album, but it's calm and relaxed and we get to see a softer side to Kelly.
Maybe is one of my favourite songs. It starts off as a very simple guitar-driven track, but builds up to drums and violins. How I Feel is a fed up, angry song which I love. Yeah is slightly repetitive but it is also refreshing as probably the most upbeat song on the album. Can I Have a Kiss is pleading yet upbeat as Kelly asks an old boyfriend to give her another chance. "I know why you left, I can't blame you myself, must be hard living with ghosts and such an empty shell".
Irvine is the last 'official' song on the album, and was written by Kelly after a show in Irvine, California, when she was feeling particularly low. The song is stripped-down with pretty much only a guitar in the background. It is phrased like a prayer, as if Kelly is speaking directly to God and is full of sadness. "How are you so strong? What's it like to feel so free?/I don't have much to go, before I fade completely". I'm not religious myself but I find this song particularly affecting.
A bonus track tagged onto the end of Irvine is Chivas. This is a slow acoustic song but it's quite bolshy and it's nice to end the album on a reasonably upbeat note.
After owning this album for almost two years, I've realised I play it more than almost any other I own. The strong melodies and vocals make it ideal for listening to at any time, but I also find that it helps me when I feel angry and comforts me when I'm feeling sad. It's my favourite Kelly Clarkson album, but it's also one of my favourite albums of all time with barely a weak track on it. It wasn't as commercially successful as Kelly's previous albums, but I feel this is more to do with her young, pop-loving fanbase than the album itself. I highly recommend it, even if you don't like her other music.
1. Never Again
2. One Minute
5. Don't Waste Your Time
8. Be Still
10. How I Feel
12. Can I Have A Kiss
14. Bonus track: Chivas
My December is Kelly Clarkson's third studio album. Development as a singer/songwriter always seems to have a bit of hit and miss, especially when you're the product of a huge talent show such as American Idol, as Kelly is. Having featured in the very manufactured sound her previous two albums, you can see the maturity finally coming through in a lot of the composition here.
Raw passion and emotion seem to be the order of the day from the off, with Never Again almost seeming like we as listeners are being attacked as much as the subject of the lyrics. It's passionate and bitter, but effective. It grabs your attention and makes you want to listen to more - a solid opener. In a way, this mood continues through the album, despite a couple of attempts by Clarkson to lighten the mood. I feel she would have been better off giving us a completely darker side to her throughout, and thus the efforts in tracks such as One Minute go more against the grain than with it.
As the album progresses, tracks such as Judas and Haunted bring different elements into the lyrical nature of the album, showing religion and an almost gothic nature to her, relating well to the artwork on the cover. Indeed, these tracks just go further to show that Clarkson wants to shed the commercial poppy element that seemed to have held her back immediately after her American Idol experience.
However, this shedding reveals a talent that is raw and needs constant nurturing. There are some powerful displays and some experimental sounds here, but not everything works. There are attempts at acoustic sounds trying to rule, but it is almost as if the production team can't resist the urge to thrash out the powerful rock sounds that Kelly's voice had proven successful at following. In this respect, it almost feels as if the aim of the tracks are in a sort of cross-genre limbo. It's definitely rock, but of what sort? The combos don't completely add up, and while it seems to be a curiously successful combination as an album, some of the individual tracks don't add up for me, and make it hard to listen to and enjoy.
In fact, it's not until we reach Irvine, at the end of the album, that the lyrics and instrumental sounds combine perfectly with an acoustic feel to them. Up until this point, my general feeling was of disappointment. There is no denying she can sing, and write powerfully, and it is surely only a matter of time before the maturity slots in with tverythign else to bring us something special. This is a much lauded album, for many valid reasons, but I just felt that the overall combination and set up with the tracks didn't sit comfortably with me. There are a lot of differing and warring elements going on here, and I just couldn't rein them all in to enjoy this completely.
1 Never Again
2 One Minute
5 Don't Waste Your Time
8 Be Still
10 How I Feel
12 Can I Have A Kiss
2005-2006 saw Kelly Clarkson take over the world. The pop-rock sound of her international breakthrough record 'Breakaway' earned her millions of new fans and even more sales. With hits like 'Since U Been Gone' and 'Because Of You', under her belt she had established herself as more than just another reality TV show winner, thrown to the sharks in a bid to add more money to Simon Cowell's pockets.
Writing the follow up to such a huge record, is always difficult and most artists tend to fail though Kelly Clarkson decided to build on the foundations already laid down on 'Breakaway' and produce something that was more what she wanted. The result is her third studio album released back in the summer of 2007 - 'My December'.
Clarkson is notorious for using gritty guitar rifts and overdramatic lyrics and vocals in her song surrounded by storming beats and infectious melodies. There's definitely a twinge of Alanis Morrisette when listening to 'My December' and opening track 'Never Again' is just a storm of pure venom from start to finish. The track is poisonous with eerie harmonies and Clarkson's vocals oozing with rage. She has the ability to convey her emotions through her singing and 'Never Again' showcases this fantastically. It's a rather morbid start to a record that is only going to get darker.
There's still faint traces of her old mainstream style on the record though these don't have the same impact as 'Since U Been Gone' for instance. 'One Word' is a very bouncy record but it feels like the vocals are all over the place and don't really fit with the melody. The song tries too hard to be cheerful and Clarkson doesn't really capture that in her singing. On the other hand, 'Don't Waste Your Time', is a simple, run of the mill, radio friendly pop tune that has a great middle eight and a very effective chorus. It seems out of place with most of the moody endeavours on 'My December' but is a wonderful track in its own right with very deep and throught provoking lyrics.
Clarkson has co-written all of the tracks on the album and lyrically she has also progressed massively. Gone are the child-like, rhyme fueled words that paved 'Breakaway' and replacing them is maturity and pain. 'Sober' is a gorgeous piano led number that highlights the vulnerability and emotion in her face. The melody churns away in the background becoming larger and larger until it just explodes. It's a wonderful piece of music that is a credit to Clarkson's talent. Lyrically and musically it is my favourite song on the album and was a very refreshing antidote to the noisy and messy arrangment that plagued previous track 'Hole'.
Getting fruity with the biblical references 'Judas' is an effective and pulsing piece of music that has a rather upbeat sound to it even though it's driven by Clarkson's latest bout of angst and hurt. She knows how to make a song as melodramatic and as deep as she possibly can. Happy puppies don't sell - pain is where it's at and Clarkson is on fine form when she's venting her issues.
Despite the similar vibe throughout much of the record, each track has its own distinct feel which is very refreshing. 'Haunted' sounds like a middle of the road Evanescence clone, complete with screeching vocals in the chorus and gothic and moody undertones that tiwl their way around the melody and unleash the dark beats of the song. In contrast 'Maybe' is a rather dull, acoustic number and is one of the album's poorer moments. Clarkson wears her heart on her sleeve with the track but it's just not felt as much as previous offerings on the album.
Final track 'Irvine' is a much better example of an acoustic led track. The lyrics blend perfectly with Clarkson's voice. The emotion oozing from her vocals is just spot on and whilst musically the track isn't up to much, it's just a further testament to the huge journey she has traveled since the release of 'Breakaway'.
'My December' is a credit to Kelly Clarkson's talent as her voice is just brilliant on every track here. There a lot of duds and if mainstream music is your thing, you will find yourself alienated here. Clarkson has evolved her already exisisting sound to create something stronger and more concreate and it not only exposes her vulnerability but also shows her progression as an artist and the ability to move outside of the box that made her so huge. 'My December' is definitely a career gamble though it works very well in my opinion. It's a record of confliction and mixed opinions, of amazing choices and some extremely awful ones. Until you listen to yourself you're not going to be able to decide whether or not this is the record for you. I reccomend searching for the album on iTunes and listening to the clips if you're still left unsure after reading this review.
01 - Never Again
02 - One Minute
03 - Hole
04 - Sober
05 - Don't Waste Your Time
06 - Judas
07 - Haunted
08 - Be Still
09 - Maybe
10 - How I Feel
11 - Yeah
12 - Can I Have A Kiss
13 - Irvine
Kelly Clarkson is a young lady who won the first series of Pop Idol USA way back in 2003, since then she has released three albums, the third of which is entitled "My December".
To be honest I was a huge fan of her as she performed on Pop Idol and continued to be with the release of her first album but she has not been able to keep up the good work, her second album could not live up to the first and this one is a backwards step yet again.
All that said this is still not a bad album it is just nowhere near as good as her earlier work and whereas with the first album I could have listened to every track over and over again, with this one there are a few I will not listen to at all and the others have a short shelf life with me.
The first song on the album (Never Again) is a fairly good tune and it is a sing a long track that I quite like and it shows of Kelly`s amazing voice really well, this is followed by another good track (One Minute) which again is a very catchy sing a long tune and sounds great when sung by Kelly.
The third track on the album is called Hole and she really should have buried it in one, great guitar work on this track but weak lyrics and the song does nothing for Kelly`s voice or singing style, in my opinion it is one of the weakest Kelly Clarkson tracks so far.
The only other really weak track on the album is "haunted", this track is very weak both lyrically and musically, it is instantly forgettable and it offers little to Kelly`s style at all. It is the sort of track that if it had been the first I had heard by her I would probably not have bothered to listen to anymore.
The rest of the tracks on the album are all listenable and there are one or two slightly better than the others, those being "How I Feel" and "Yeah", I really enjoy these two tracks and although they are different styles, they both allow Kelly to stretch her amazing vocals and show what she is all about.
Overall I would say this is another typical pop album, not a great one but a good one. There are other artists out there who would probably be very happy with an album like this but as we know Kelly can do much better it is a bit of a letdown for me.
Instead of ripping the whole album to my IPod like I have with her previous albums I have just selected certain tracks off of this one and I would imagine that others have gone down a similar path where this album is concerned.
ALBUM SCORE = 6/10
1. Never Again
2. One Minute
5. Don't Waste Your Time
8. Be Still
10. How I Feel
12. Can I Have A Kiss
As with many Kelly Clarkson fans I was throughly disappointed. I have been to see her live twice, and suffice to say there won't be a third time.
As a winner of a singing talent competetion she has really abandoned her routes. She doesn't sing songs that are hard to do, like she used to. She is a genuinely talented singer, therefore you'd expect her to flaunt her talents with pride. She is trying to change her image to a singer who sings childish pop songs with not much meaning or emotion but are good for a karaoke and not much else.
I bought this album expecting the same qualities as her previous album, Breakaway, which had the best of both worlds, poppy catchy songs but also serious, tear jerking songs which sent shivers down your spine and tears to your eyes. I looked forward to seeing those songs live.
Lets hope the next album is not as average as this one.
Kelly Clarkson's third studio album, and we are just beginning to glimpse what she is capable of. The trouble is, her record company doesn't seem to know what to do with her. She's gone from being a pure pop "American Idol" winner, to a black leather clad rock chick, to...who knows. The singles that get released seem to be the boyfriend-hating screamathons - great for getting the crowd worked up, but are they really her finest work? Personally, I think Kelly is at her best when she strips away the vocal acrobatics and sings the more pensive tunes that come from the heart.
This album shows another side of Miss Clarkson's talents; rather than being a glossy product of marketing like some of her peers, she is closer to the acoustic guitar and thoughtful lyrics of singer-songwriters like Alanis Morisette.
The first track, "Never Again", feels like a reworking of her huge hit "Since you've been gone." It's as if somebody has decided that Kelly sells more records when she is angry, so this is what she must release. "One minute" and "hole" are more standard rock tunes. Kelly shows a softer side with the heartfelt "Sober" and "Be still." But the stand out tracks, to my mind, are "Yeah" - a slinky rock tune, and the hauntingly sad "Irvine." Not to mention "Chivas" - it's a hidden track at the end of the album, but in my opinion it's a stronger song than many of the tracks she has released as singles.
I saw Kelly in concert when she was in London - she was outstanding. She may not be a one woman circus like some of the pop stars in the charts at the moment - I don't think I've ever seen her in a tabloid paper, and plenty of people in the UK seem to have never heard of her! But I think she is a fantastic singer - nobody sings with more soul than she does. And I think the best is yet to come.
I don't mind this girl, who rocketed from nowhere to conquer American Idol but a lot of her material is middling at best. This album is a good showcase of her talents though and does have a few decent tracks buried on it. The main track on this is Never Again and most people probably won't be that familiar with the rest of it.
She has a rich earhy voice which is capable of destroying most of the material she has to work with, Kelly sometimes pushes her vocals just a bit too far and shouts too much. I prefer her when she is being softer and more refined. Despite this, the album has some rocky moments and a few ballads as well to create quite a pleasing mix. The production on the album is obviously very strong and all the elements shine through well, just not that many hits off it...
Kelly Clarkson being the first American Idol winner has in the UK in the past few years been regarded as one of the biggest female artists of recent times although last year that all changed, this year whilst Rhianna,Pink and Mariah Carey have been selling huge numbers as well as the international mega hit artists Leona Lewis, Kelly has whilst been in obscurity after her second album Breakaway spawned off 6 major hit singles, gave her two grammy awards and millions of album sales all around the globe as well as approval of Clive Davis (someone really important in the music industry) and hit after hit.
This third album, Kelly described was more ''her'' and Kelly said this is more ''real and more me''. It isnt like the first and second album full of catchy and mega hit stompers and pop songs it is rather an album that is quite cohesive and also it's defintely more Kelly in my opininon. It doesnt have a Since U Been Gone o anything although Never Again does come close to that. Because of You and Behind These Hazel Eyes type of songs are also not there, instead we have the atmopsheric amazing Sober that's not pop but it's a spectacular song especially the vocal at the end.
It's well known that Clive Davis and Simon Cowell fought with Kelly to instead of using these tracks that she co wrote etc and with this rock type vibe to instead buy tracks like Breakaway for the album. He said it wouldflop, and it did. I dont think it's that bad of a album, it's defintely a pop album but more of a authentic album where you can the artist is more comfortable
Never Again is really catchy, but it's no Since U Been Gone. I didnt like the much to that. One Minute i found quite good, it has a good vibe. Hole was slightly underwheming. Sober is amazing, it didnt do well in the charts but deserved to. Don't Waste Your Time is probably the best song on the album, and it was the song that they used to try and ressurect the album but it failed because it was too late, i like that song ALOT. Judas is quite original. Haunted, Be Still, Maybe . are quite ordinary and abit expiermental which i didnt like. Asides from Irvine i thought the rest of album was slightly average
It's a good album, but i think it didnt work the plan and even Kelly now admits to this that next album she will take Clive's advice. I was so curious how this would sound. The first half of the album is really good - very Avril Lavigne and rocky but i think Kelly's a pop artist and should stick to that.
First off I'm not huge into pop, especially of the type that is sang by girls, however theres something about Kelly Clarksons voice and melodies that I find irresistible, I guess it helps that she's nice to look at too.
My December was released in June 2007 and was Kelly's third solo album to date, she returns with her Raw emotional lyrics and tone to bevy her way through another 13 excellent tracks.
The first single she released was Never Again, some have described this is almost a sequel to Since You've Been Gone, given the similarities in her sentiment. She released another three singles from the album all fairing well in the singles chart . Sober and One Minute were both released on the same day in September and her final single was released around Christmas and was entitled "Don't waste your time".
Other good tracks include "Hole" "Be Still" and "Haunted" . The album flows well and is nicely paced.
I'd put the thumbs up for this album as I think theres something about this chick that's incredible real, her emotion comes through in both her voice and her lyrics and it's well worth picking up off the shelf.
As previously I had not been a fan of Kelly Clarkson but of her rockier single releases I decided that it was time I invested in an album rather than just downloading tracks or copying an album from a friend. So I made use of my amazon vouchers and bought it, and yesterday it arrived and went straight in to my car
The first single from My December was Never Again and I have to admit it was the reason I bought the cd. After hearing the trakc on several occasions on the radio usually while driving to work it appealed to me in the same whay Miss Independant (from Thankful) and Since You Been Gone, and Breakaway (from Breakaway) did.
After an initial listen I think my purchase was a good one, admittedly there are weak tracks but can anyone honestly say that they know of an album which is all of the same high standard?
Opening with the lyric 'I hope the ring you gave to her turns her finger green' (Never Again) this album from the start is clearly not one for the weak and wining among us, this seems to be a collection of songs by a strong woman aimed at those of us who believe ourselves to be strong.
One Minute continues in the same vein as Never Again, the voacls come across strong and it is definately one I'll be listening to alot.
Hole was good enough just not as good as the previous two tracks, and comes across very much like Evanescence, though it is likely to grow on me its not an initial love it song.
The first real weak link for me is the track Sober, the fourth song and first which isn't out and out rocky with a more laid back feel. For me it just isnt up to scratch following three rocky songs the transition to this is maybe too jarring, it also seems to never really get going, but I think listening to the track more it will grow on me but will never be a favourite.
Following on from this is Dont Waste your Time a faster rockier song which could possibly have been better placed before Sober, but is another I cant see becoming a feature on my mp3.
Judas is OK, not the best track but certainly not the weakest.
Haunted is a song to the lover she wants back the one who left without warning ' I miss you, you hurt me / you left with a smile' Not great but not bad either.
Be Still is a slower softer song, and it fits, this though again it seems never seems to go anywhere musically has lyrics which can be listened to and find meaning in.
Maybe, somehow seems familiar from reading the lyrics yet I cant place the song itself, it is another slower song and another which I enjoy (but theres still the nagging feeling that the lyrics are similar to something else).
How I Feel is slightly disappointing, it jsut doesnt stand out as it possbily could in fact I didnt even notice its passing while driving on a clear motorway at 6.30am (therefore had no other distractions).
Yeah also passes by with relatively little intrusion on my conciousness, but Can I Have a Kiss, resonates with me in particular the lyrics 'Ive been a mess since I've known you/ I cant promise forever/ But I'm working on it' and is the track that stuck in my head behind Never Again.
Irvine as a closing track was frankly dull and I skipped it on my second listen through, leaving me with a bad impression of the album overall.
As with Breakaway Kelly Clarkson has co written all of the tracks on the album, a feat noone would really have expected of a reality show winner.
Since the categories below ask about the inlay and packaging it is fairly standard stuff, a few moody looking photos of Kelly alongside the lyrics in the insert, the cover (as seen above) reminds me of the cover to an Evanescence album indicating a rockier edge to the music on the album.
All in all Ms Clarkson has given us a reasonable set of songs on this album, but it probably deserved its critical panning. It starts well, then Just tails away which is a shame since Clarkson has a good voice and plenty of potential, its a shame that for what ever reason (poor song choice, management, production etc) this isnt the album it could have been. I suppose it remains to be seen if a fourth album returns to the more aclaimed levels of Breakaway, and if indeed the British public will give her that chance. Then again did the British public ever expect to be buying the third album from a Pop Idol winner, and more surprisingly still a winner from the American version of the show?
For the £9 price tag it is an OK buy, certainly not one I would recommend to anyone and everyone, I would say fans will probably get this regardless and anyone else should wait and see what the next few singles are like before commiting to a purchase.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Never Again
2 One Minute
5 Don't Waste Your Time
8 Be Still
10 How I Feel
12 Can I Have A Kiss