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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: Kelly Clarkson / Import / Audio CD released 2009-03-17 at RCA

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      30.06.2010 20:57
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      A fairly solid pop album from the number 1 idol

      This is a pretty awesome little pop album. Mixing a touch of the old glam pop with a sprinkle of light rock, Kelly Clarkson's most recent album proves why she's a cut above all the other X factor wannabe's and Idol winners. This girl is a genuine talent, and manages to give us an album that has something for everybody. If you dont want to bounce up and down to half the tune's on this album, then it can only be because you're not a pop fan to begin with.

      1. My Life Would Suck Without You

      Strangely enough, the leading single is one of the least favourable songs on here. Combining a thumping head-banger of a chorus (slightly reminiscent of her earlier hit Since You Been Gone) with a melodic verse, this is a sign of everything else to come. I'd happily skip it though. Clarkson questions the validity of her decision to end a relationship on the song, and lyrically it's easy to relate to.

      2. I Do Not Hook Up

      A guitar solo leads the way for the warbler to kick in with the beats. Another big chorus with Clarkson declaring that the harder you try, the more she will fight. Lyrically, its a condradiction of the first song, but musically its the sister track, complete with a sing-a-long verse and head shaking chorus.

      3. Cry

      The albums big ballad is a belter to sit alongside earlier hit Because Of You. It's a song that speaks of keeping your dignity in the wake of a break-up. Mature stuff, and once again, the song keeps the album's trend of big belting chorus' that will make you keep the song firmly in your head long afterwards.

      4. Don't Let Me Stop You

      A real diva moment comes in the form of this track. Clarkson sings of her reluctance to open up. "This is gonna sound kinda silly..." she yells, coming across like a more feminine Pink. The chorus is weaker than previous entries, but the track is complete with a prominent guitar backing.

      5. All i Ever Wanted

      One of the best tracks on the album kicks in at number 5. This is a real put your hands up moment. A lower key verse then leads to Clarkson's big voice belting out the chorus. I seen her perform this one live on the release of the album, and loved it immediately. Her voice is slightly strained, but it is a real big number.

      6. Already Gone

      Thinks take a drab turn at number 6. This is more ballady than most of the other material on display, but still comes complete with the heavy drums and guitars that the album is so expertly coming off with throughout.

      7. If I Cant Have You

      Nothing to do with the Bee Gee's classic, this is a pack-a-punch dance number that sounds like Miley Cyrus' Fly On The Wall for grown-ups. It's on familiar territory though, and boasts lyrics like "Cant breath, cant sleep, its the medication". This is one that will wear your repeat button out.

      8. Save You

      This is more laid back number that has Clarkson gently warbling in a moment of tranquility. Even when the guitar's kick in, which they inevitably do, it still manages to remain the low key chill out number on the album.

      9. Whyyouwannabringmedown

      Despite its really rubbish one worded title, this is the rockiest number on display and might even convert a few nay-sayers, if they give it a chance. It's my least favourite song on the album, slightly lacking a melodic hook. I can see a crowd going wild for it though.

      10. Long Shot

      Now, this is my favourite song on the album. "I felt it, the wire you caught my neck in..." she begins after the slightly orchestral opening. The guitars and drums are all there, but there is also a superb piano backdrop during the chorus' that give it a more radio friendly sound.

      11. Impossible

      Things take a slightly slower turn for this piano heavy number. Taking a pot shot at those who say the possible is impossible, Clarkson's voice is at its finest here. I dont really like the song though, it sounds like a Pink cast off.

      12. Ready

      This one sounds very different to the rest of the album. It has a slightly quirky backdrop and vocally reminds me of Lily Allen slightly. Its a real shoulder shaker, and has a real hooky melody. "I'll sit so peacefully...I cant escape" calls Clarkson before breaking into a big chorus that harks back to the early tracks on the album.

      13. I Want You

      Not unlike previous track, this also borrows elements from the handclapping music of the 60's. The song takes a few snipes at "Uncle Sam", but is generally just a generic pop song that sadly doesn't lead to the album going out with a bang. With only one track left, lets hope things pick up.

      14. If No One Will Listen

      When your album starts up with such a thud and carries on in that vein, its difficult to fathom why somebody like Clarkson would end on such a low key note. This is a fairly pleasant ballad, although vocally she is capable of much better. This should have been put in the middle of the set at best, but really would have been better served on an album more of its ilk.

      This is a pretty solid album that has all the right elements to be one of the best album's of her career. The couple of ballad's spoil it slightly, but there is enough stomper's to keep it repeating in the player. Clarkson, surprisingly, contributes less of the lyrics than I had at first believed, but keeps her hand in as a fairly accomplished lyricist. Credits on the album are a fair few recognisable writers, including Ryan Tedder, Katy Perry, and Max Martin.

      The album was released in March 2009 as a standard edition and deluxe edition. The deluxe included two extra tracks; Tip Of My Tongue & The Day We Fell Apart. It met with generally favourable reviews across the board, but unfortunately failed to ignite the charts. It apparently sold less than 100k which makes it a comparative flop. Shame really, because its pretty solid stuff, and deserves a repeat listen at least.

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        06.03.2010 00:50
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        One of the best albums I have heard in while. Full of confidence & originality in her voice & words

        Kelly Clarkson, I love her. So pretty and such a strong voice; she has a shout-sing voice, not very melodic but she is nice to listen to and not many women can actually pull this type of singing off. By the time solo singers like Kelly get to a certain number of albums, they have a few good songs then fill in the gaps with half-arsed naff stuff and have a total of ten songs at a push. Kelly has clearly put her heart and soul into this album, all 14 songs, I just do not take to a lot of them. The CD case is a picture of Kelly with her lovely golden brown/blonde hair, young look with pale skin, defined eyes and bright pink lipgloss, she is wearing a tight leather jacket stood in front of what looks like a retro, minimalist background of pink orange and yellow.

        On opening the CD you get a little book with lyrics inside, on taking the CD out you see Kelly's lips very glittery and red. One of those cases you can just sit and admire.

        *WHO IS SHE?*
        Born in April 1982, an American singer who won the first series of American Idol. Released four albums to this point (March 2010).

        *PRICE*
        I like Kelly, and Asda had a deal on of two for £15, so I picked this up along with The Fame by Lady Gaga, I think it was £9.99 if you bought it on its own. Now it can be hunted down for about £6+ brand new and even less second hand on Amazon.

        *SONGS AND VERDICT*
        1- My Life Would Suck Without You: This is my favourite song on this album, I am glad she released it or I would not have known about this album. It is a very upbeat song about two people who are clearly made for each other/meant to be in each others lives, but cannot seem to get on and always go back to one another.

        2- I Do Not Hook Up: A feel good song, about not jumping into bed with someone and being the rebound girl. Very bouncy, the sort of thing you listen to at sleep overs, jumping around the room in your pyjamas. Not just a woman song though!

        3- Cry: Not too keen on this song much. About a relationship that has ended, the other party does not love her anymore but she is still holding on and very much attached.

        4- Don't Let Me Stop You: This is joint favourite with track number 1, let us say that Kelly is the subject of the song, she loves someone and the person she loves does not seen to love her back, he has someone else in his sights but he is just with Kelly because she is there. Kelly is singing about how she is normally shy and reluctant to open up to this person for fear of hearing something she does not like but now it has to stop; she has built up the courage to say 'I love you, I want to be with you, you do not want to be with me, it is making me uncomfortable and I will not be with someone who wants someone else and is using me' or words to that effect. She also mentions that she will be upset but she will manage, a great song.

        5- All I Ever Wanted: I am not too keen on the chorus of this song but the verses are quite touching, I am sure everyone can relate to this sing. About Kelly giving someone a second chance and now they are taking liberties, they do not seem to want to be with her and she is singing about only ever wanting this person and not asking much from them. An upbeat ballad if you can imagine such a thing.

        6- Already Gone: The music behind the words is very good, not her usual backing. It is an upsetting but again with a little bit of upbeat to it about a relationship that has just burnt out and each party wishes the other well in life.

        7- If I Can't Have You: A Britney Spears sort of intro, little bit techno. This title explains it all, if I cannot have you then I do not want anyone!

        8- Save You: Not a song I am fond of, and quite repetitive. About feeling bad for leaving someone to manage on their own because it was hard for her but now she wants the other person to know that she is there for them.

        9- whyyawannabringmedown: A quite angry I-have-just-found-my-confidence song about someone with a bad attitude who is jealous of her being in the spotlight.

        10- Long Shot: Taking a big risk on a relationship.

        11- Impossible: One of the songs that drone on quite a bit but a really good intro. Another song I cannot quite grasp; possibly about not asking much from the other person but they will not give anything. That it is possible for Kelly to give almost anything but the other person will not budge. She is always giving more and more but not receiving anything else back.

        12- Ready: I do not fully understand this song but from what I can gather it sounds like she is wallowing in self-pity and all of a sudden she finds herself and becomes 'Ready'.

        13- I Want You: A positive and bouncy song, the title explains it all really. About a person who is not perfect but the good bits outweigh the bad, the little amazing things that make her love this person.

        14- If No One Will Listen: If all the pain, tears and secrets build up then Kelly will always be the one waiting to listen. A slow touching song, one of the few without the shout-singing.

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        One of the best albums released this year, which will appeal to pop, rock and dance fans alike.

        As 2009 draws to a close, it's a good opportunity to look back and consider some of the best albums of the year. One of which, for me, was Kelly Clarkson's fourth studio album - All I Ever Wanted. It was the follow-up to Clarkson's 2007 album, My December, which featured a much darker, heavier, rock sound. While it still sold well, most felt that it lacked the shine that her 'Breakaway' album had. So returning to the formula which made her a star, this album is a glossy pop-rock record.

        The album begins with the US and UK #1 single - 'My Life Would Suck Without You'. Penned by Max Martin (the writer of Kelly's biggest hits but also countless other smashes by Pink, Britney and Katy Perry), it is a high-octane blast of rock-tinged pop. The guitar plucking verses, followed by a synth-heavy sing-along chorus make for a slice of pop perfection. There is really nothing left to say about the song other than it is unashamedly feel-good.

        'I Do Not Hook Up' is a really strong track, which has another huge chorus that I can imagine an arena full of fans singing along to. Singing about how she wants something real, as opposed to just a drunken fling, the song has a good message behind the fun. It is a little formulaic, but then again, Kelly's last record was the experimental one - if you want something groundbreaking, then obviously, 'My December' will suit your tastes more.

        My favourite track on the CD, and perhaps, one of Kelly's best ever is 'Cry'. It is a heartbreaking rock ballad, that has such painful honesty that anyone who has ever been through a breakup can relate to. The desperate questions in the chorus are definitely something I can relate to: "Is it over yet? Can I open my eyes? Is this as hard as it gets? Is this what it feels like to really cry?". This song really reaffirms Clarkson as also one of the premiere vocalists of our time as well as a phenomenal lyricist, as she sings with passion but doesn't ever over-sing (and as a result, doesn't erode the lyrical message).

        'Don't Let Me Stop You' is an up-tempo song, which is driven by pounding drums and fast percussion. It's a really enjoyable song to listen to and it's given a great injection of sass and personality in Clarkson's delivery. The lyrics talk about that oh-so-familiar feeling of paranoia about a boyfriend who you suspect wants to be somewhere other than with you.

        The title track is something completely different to what Kelly has done before. It has a rawness to the vocals, and the guitar riff is like something from the 1970s golden age of rock and roll. However, there's a modern beat to accompany it in the verses to keep it from sounding dated. Again, this song shows Clarkson as not just a popstar but an incredible vocalist.

        'Already Gone' was produced by Ryan Tedder (lead-singer of OneRepublic, and songwriter of Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love) and the production sounds strikingly like Beyoncé's 'Halo'. Such a comparison has meant that people have neglected to focus on the meaning of the song and instead are opting to tout it as a "rip-off". Drama aside, the song is a hauntingly beautiful ballad about leaving a relationship because you love someone so much, you can't bare to hurt them anymore. There's such a sad sense of resignation in the song, Clarkson's delivery is absolutely beautiful. The strings and the metallic percussion are just epic.
        Again, there is a degree of venturing into new territory on the album as 'If I Can't Have You' showcases a dance sound. A sparky electric guitar and distorted vocals drive this wonderfully dark song, which is addictively catchy (particularly when it comes to the chorus). Panting the words "Heartbeat, cold sweat, thoughts slipping under", Kelly sounds almost deranged in the song and it's this interesting take on the lyrics that makes this song, again, not just be a cookie cutter pop song.

        'Save You' is the first sign of the album's pace slowing. It's a beautiful song but is not as instant as the rest of the CD. It's one that I always enjoy listening to but at the same time, will not go out of my way to do so. Much like in 'Already Gone', Kelly's voice does sound beautiful and incredibly emotive.

        'Whyyawannabringmedown?' is a punk-inspired song that shows Kelly using a very rough tone to her voice. I really dislike it, as the attempt to be fierce and rebellious just backfires and seems very artificial. The guitars just become a din after a while, and there really is no clear melody to the song. Maybe this is one that would be better live but it's by far one of the worst songs she has ever done.

        One of my favourites on the album is 'Long Shot'; the staccato guitars really build up tension in the chorus before launching into a typical Since U Been Gone-esque belt along chorus. "It's a long shot/but I say why not?" she sings, as she realises the stupidity in not taking every chance to be in a relationship she can since "the chance is we won't make it/but I know if I don't take it/there's no chance."

        'Impossible' has a fantastic production behind it. The opening guitar riff and the crashing symbols, making it an epic song. There's such a sense of drama about it, which it really makes you sit back and listen. It's definitely one for those who loved her last album. The song is followed up with, 'Ready', a bright and breezy song about finding new love. It's a happy song that is much needed as one of the biggest downfalls of Kelly's last album was the dark subject matter that at times felt far too heavy for an artist in her genre.

        'I Want You' is pure pop fluff. There's no way to describe it. The sugary sweet lyrics of 'I want you, you, you, you, I, I, I, I want you' are hardly poetry... and you know what? I love it! This shows that Kelly is brave enough to do something fun, and doesn't care what people think. It's a great mood-enhancing song, with a great beat.

        The album ends of the beautiful piano led ballad 'If No One Will Listen'. This is one of those songs that I really want to like more than I actually do. The lyrics seem a little too contrived and clichéd for me, and all the metaphors for adversity and support just are a bit too sickly sweet. However, Kelly's voice does sound amazing on it and it's a pleasant (if not unremarkable way) to end the CD.

        Overall, this is a fantastic album that appeals to a broad range of music tastes. I feel that a lot of rock fans would love this album but may be put off by the stigma of it being by Kelly Clarkson. It's their loss though, because it's a great record. I'm not sure whether it matches up to the sheer brilliance of 'Breakaway', but I think that's a rather unfair comparison to make since that still stands as one of the best albums of the decade. I'd definitely recommend the album to anyone who loved her previous work, but also fans of Pink, Miley Cyrus etc. who are also in the genre.

        However, it should be noted that there is also a Deluxe Edition available which contains two extra songs - the dark, drum-led 'Tip of My Tongue' and the outstanding 'Day We Fell Apart'. I own this edition of the album and I'd say it is 100% worth the extra money as these two songs are exceptional.

        NOTE: This review is also posted on havenforum.co.uk

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          Fourth album from Kelly Clarkson

          All I Ever Wanted was the fourth album from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson - an achievement in itself since most reality show winners sink without trace after their first album. She's gone from strength to strength since releasing her first album and with this one seems to have finally found her style. It was released in March 2009 and debuted at Number 1 on the US Billboard chart.

          The album met with both critical and commercial acclaim and mixes radio-friendly pop with influences from The Killers, Garbage and even Mozart. It has a poppy-electronic feel running through it.

          The album opens with first single My Life Would Suck Without You, a strong, distinctive pop-rock song, and is followed by I Do Not Hook Up, which became another single and runs in a similar vein. The first ballad, Cry, showcases Kelly's strong voice and has a country feel to it. Don't Let Me Stop You is one of my favourite tracks from the album. It has the bitter, angry feel of tracks from My December and a catchy chorus.

          All I Ever Wanted is the title track from the album and was also released as a single. It has a light, poppy feel. Another ballad, Already Gone, was also a single and although I'm not usually a fan of pop ballads, I really like this one. If I Can't Have You is catchy with an electropop feel, while Save You is a slower song.

          Whyyouwannabringmedown hits you like a rocket. It's a fierce, rock track that never lets up. Long Shot is another of my favourites and is quite optimistic: "It's a long shot, but I say why not/If I say forget it I know that I'll regret it". Impossible follows, a slightly darker track to contrast with Long Shot.

          Ready and I Want You are light, bubbly pop songs and the album closes with a soothing ballad, If No One Will Listen. There are also two bonus tracks which I downloaded later: Tip of My Tongue and The Day We Fell Apart, a pop-rock song and a ballad respectively.

          I really like this album and I listen to it a lot. It's not as good as My December in my opinion, but it's more commercial and there are some very good songs on here, which come to life sung in Kelly's amazing voice. Highly recommended for anyone who loves pop!

          Track Listing
          1. My Life Would Suck Without You
          2. I Do Not Hook Up
          3. Cry
          4. Don't Let Me Stop You
          5. All I Ever Wanted
          6. Already Gone
          7. If I Can't Have You
          8. Save You
          9. Whyyawannabringmedown
          10. Long Shot
          11. Impossible
          12. Ready
          13. I Want You
          14. If No One Will Listen

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            04.09.2009 17:10
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            A goo mix of tunes, which should cater for most people

            All I Ever Wanted is the fourth album from American singer Kelly Clarkson. To date, it has three singles, and although not every track is perfect, there are some great tunes to be found withing the fourteen tracks in the compilation.

            The album opens with her massive hit 'My Life Would Suck Without You', and this definitely goes down as one of the songs I should not love, but do. The opening guitar riff is absolutely brilliant, and this is followed by good vocals and good subsequent music throughout. I do not listen to much pop music, but this definitely goes down as one of the better pop tunes I have heard.

            'I Do Not Hook Up' has a weaker opening sequence, though it is by no means less catchy than the previous track. I would say with confidence that the musical input to this tune is nothing to go wild about, though the lyrics are good, to say the least, and is overall a good song.

            After two opening tracks of hectic liveliness, Miss Clarkson took a different approach, installing the slow, but powerful ballad 'Cry' at the third position. This inspiring song is talented, though is too slow and deep for my enjoyment, being the sort of person who likes only fast pop tunes at the best of times.

            I really like the fourth track on the album, which is called 'Don't Let Me Stop You'. This tune really brings out the talent in her powerful voice as although there is a great musical backing, the main focus on this track is totally her voice. I think part of the reason I like this so much is because, although not rock, it is not as close to pop as some of the other tracks on the album, and has quite a heavy base for a track on such an album.

            The title track of the album, 'All I Ever Wanted', is a song which reverts back to the pop genre. Although not a terrible thing, I do feel that this song reminds me more of somebody like Pink than Kelly Clarkson. For me, this is not a track that blows my mind, and I would certainly not class it in the same league as some of the others she has made.

            'Already Gone' is a song that reminds me of another artist, or two in fact. Relatively unknown, Aly & AJ are a duo of sisters who perform what I like to call 'pop with a difference'. This track appears to fit right in with their style of a slow, soothing approach.

            Similar to the above track, 'If I Cant Have You' reminds me of another artist, although this time, the more well known teen sensation Miley Cyrus. If you listen to the opening of this track, and then take at look at 'Fly On The Wall' by Cyrus, you will understand the similarity I can see. Anyway, I really like this track, especially the outgoing base beat that protrudes more than in anything else we have heard so far. A great track for the middle of the album.

            'Save You' is the eight track and as before, is the calm tune after the previous exasperation we were first introduced to earlier in the album. Unfortunately this song does absolutely nothing for me and I do not regard it as a worthwhile tune to listen to all that often at all.

            This song is another matter though. At a bit of a mouthful, 'Whyyouwannabringmedown' is definitely up there challenging for the best track on the album, and it certainly puts up nothing less than a good fight. Like the other tracks I enjoy more, this has a rockier feel with a good base and powerful lyrics.

            'Long Shot' is an odd little number. Quite slow in nature, my immediate response would be to 'skip' and carry on with the rest of the album. But actually, if you give it a shot, you would see that this actually holds it's own and is certainly worthy of a number of listens. The contrast between the electronic guitar and the singing voice in the verses are absolutely phenomenal and is one of those few tunes where I would say the verse is a stronger part than the chorus.

            'Impossible' has an odd electronic opening that, before the drums kick in, would not appear out of place on a number of different artists' track lists. I do like this beginning, though when the rest of the instruments kick in, they seem to ruin the effect, and put a downside on the song. A bit too slow and not powerful enough for my liking.

            'Ready' has a very odd opening and, being located further down the album, I think it is probably fair to say this does not get enough play as some of the other tracks higher up. Positioning is a good reason for this, but I also think that if raised higher up the order, I would still not listen as much, it just seems to offer nothing special that makes me really want to listen out for.

            'I Want You' has an opening that reminds you of what you would expect to find on a really old kids TV show. This follows on past the lyrical introduction though thankfully is a lot quieter and in the background. This is quite an odd track throughout and I get the impression it was put on to pad out the album with more tracks. I see no world in which this should be released, and it is not really even good enough for a half decent album track.

            The album ends with a slow ballad called, 'If No One Will Listen'. For me, this is far too slow to get much airplay in my house, though I can see why some people would be interested, if you like this sort of track. Even I can see it has been put together well, just not to my complete taste.

            With fourteen tracks, this is quite a long album, and although some are weaker than others, overall I would say this is a positive album and has some really good tunes on it. Even if you initially think it would not suffice your taste, I suggest you take a quick look, as I had these thoughts and actually really liked the album.

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            This is the newest Kelly Clarkson album out. Not really sure how many albums she has released, but this is the 3rd one I've got of hers. Kelly Clarkson was the first winner of American Idol and she's done pretty well for herself! The first one is good, I wasn't that keen on My December, and this one is pretty good. This is only been out a few weeks and I just bought it on Amazon brand new for £4.90 - bargain. So the tracks and what are they like?

            1. MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU

            The first song released from the album. Got quite a punchy beat with plenty of guitars in the background. A great song to sing along to. One of my favourites on the album and a good chart song.

            2. I DO NOT HOOK UP

            The 2nd song to go into the charts, and the only other so far. Another one with plenty of guitars and drums and a good sing a long stack. Basically a song that says she does not sleep around "Oh Sweetheart put that bottle down. You got too much talent", great lyrics.

            3. CRY

            A bit slower. This sounds a little like Bon Jovi and Aerosmith to me. I'm not that keen on ballads, but this one still has a good backbeat to it, and Kelly's voice is good on this. A slight bluesy feel to it.

            4. DON'T LET ME STOP YOU

            Not a ballad, but not a bouncy dance track. Plenty of Crashing drums and sheiking guitars. Feels like quite a summery track.

            5. ALL I EVER WANTED

            Title track of the album. Not my favourite. It is alright, but it just seems weak compared to the other tracks. More of a walking Guitar beat with a little drums. This style of song reminds me of someone else, who I can't think of just now!

            6. ALREADY GONE

            More of a rock ballad this one. For some reason the background of this track reminds me of Beyonce's halo, but it doesn't exactly sound like it. Quite a nice chill out track and although this has the Guitars and Drums, it has some string instruments as well as a Piano.

            7. IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU

            This song reminds me of the Miley Cyrus track Fly On The Wall. Not one of the best ones on the album in my view. Has a beat to it, but a bit softer and not as punchy. Dancy enough, but not really going anywhere.

            8. SAVE YOU

            Another Ballad. I'm not saying Kelly can't do Ballads, as she does them well, but I'm not into Ballads much. Again good enough, but not the kind of song I bought the album for.

            9. WHYYAWANNABRINGMEDOWN

            This isn't that good a song. It is a heavy rock and reminds me of Ballroom Blitz from Wayne's world. Fast beat and fast lyrics. I will always skip this one,

            10. LONG SHOT

            This track sounds like a lot like most American tracks. I would expect this to be at the end of High School Musical or something. Just a good pop song, which is hard to describe. Again Guitars and Drum beat, and a kind of Shouty chorus

            11. IMPOSSIBLE

            Is this an electro-pop track, dance track or jumped up rock ballad? Not quite sure. Reminds me of Evanessence. Pretty good for being more of a slower song.

            12. READY

            Starts off with Kelly more talking the lyrics rather than singing. Bit of a weird track this. I think this sounds a bit like a song from the 70's. a soft, easy flowing track, but not one I would skip straight to.

            13. I WANT YOU

            This one starts with a beat like a 60's and sounds like a song you would have heard in an American Diner. Another easy going track, but just not my favourite on this

            14. IF NO ONE WILL LISTEN

            A ballad to end the album. You can't deny Kelly has a great voice, but this one is slower than slow. Just Kelly's voice accompanied with a Piano. I always end the album before this track as it is not my style.

            Another great album from Kelly, and I would say her best.

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            Worthy of spending your pennies!

            Kelly Clarkson - All l ever wanted

            We bought this album a while ago, not long after it first came out in March 09. We bought it because we just loved the song 'my life would suck without you', the song is so catchy and upbeat and actually rather infectious.
            However this isn't the only reason we bought the album. We have bought albums of hers before and we generally really like her music, so knew it should be a good album and a worthy investment.

            This is Kelly Clarksons 4th album. She rose to fame after winning American idol back in 2002. She has had great success since then. This album for me, is possibly her best!

            In the past Kelly Clarkson's music has been music l enjoy, but music that l need to be in the mood for, and sometimes just a little bit loud and repetitive.
            But this album is a little different to some of her previous work where she gives up screaming the lyrics in favour of singing so you can actually hear what shes talking about. Actually it was a nice supprise to see something a bit different. This album is still very much 'Kelly Clarkson' music, with her rocky and poppy songs and her catchy lyrics, but it seems a little less 'screamy' and a little more 'grown up'.
            At 26 her music is changing a little, she doesn't want to be marked as constantly having the same sound, so has actually ventured on new territory with this album, and it actually works incredibly well

            The album has a mix of sounds, fun songs, and some more mellow ballad tracks which also fit her voice perfectly. Its good to see that she is out there trying new things and she is not afraid of a challenge.

            We have listened to this album continuously now for weeks. The album has such an upbeat feel to it, and l think its rather a good summery album. it's the type of album that just wants to get you singing away. Its rare you put on an album and it has this uplifting effect on your day, but this album does just that.

            There are 14 tracks on the album, and l cant say l dislike any of them. What's great about this album is that, unlike other albums where there might be a couple of really good tracks and the rest are really weak, this album remains consistently good throughout.

            The track listing is:

            1.My life would suck without you
            2.I do not hook up
            3.Cry
            4.Don't let me stop you
            5.All l ever wanted
            6.Already gone
            7.If l cant have you
            8.Save you
            9.Whyyawannabringmedown
            10.Long shot
            11.Impossible
            12.Ready
            13.I want you
            14.If no one will listen

            My favourite tracks on the album are 'all l ever wanted' with its again catchy lyrics that are quite uplifting . Many of the songs are about relationships and many of the songs l think, sound a lot like Pink... l cannot pinpoint exactly what it is but there is something in her sound in some of the tracks that shouts Pink.
            Other favourites are Already gone, which is totally different to the other tracks and shows a different dimension to Kelly's voice, a slower song, with a great deal of depth and meaning. Its good to know she has the depth in her voice to enable her to sing a variety of tracks.

            Im sure l am going to miss listing some of my favourite tracks on the album, so l insist you listen for yourself. I have so many favourite songs on the album that l won't comment on them each individually, what l will say is that there are most definitely less poor tracks than good ones. One track I am not so keen on is 'if l cant have you', this is perhaps because it reminds me of some of her older material. Its definitely not a bad song, there is just something about the song that l find a little annoying, and something that doesn't quite sound as good as the rest on the album.

            So would l recommend this album? Yes most definitely. If your in to the pop / rock sound that is characteristic of Kelly Clarkson then l think you will love the sounds of this album. This album seems to have lots of really positive reviews about, so it seems that many people feel that it is a top quality album, why not see for yourself? Im sure you wont be disappointed!

            If your still not sure whether to buy, have a look at her website
            www.kellyclarkson.com

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              06.07.2009 12:50
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              The album is very good and better then the previous album

              I am a huge Kelly Carkson fan and this album is great I could literally listen to it all the time. Although some of her previous work has been very good this is certainly my favorite album I just love it! It's very hard to believe a few years ago Kelly Clarkson was just an odrinary girl and now she is releasing albums as good as this!

              I think this album is so good because it has songs for every type of mood and setting I love listening to it when I am getting ready to go out because I can sing along or when im just driving to town.

              There are a variety of songs on the album and includes debatably one of the best pop/ rock songs 2009 my life would suck without you! It's a song full of attitude to be honest it does sound a little similar to a track from a previous album but once you get into it its a song on its own level!

              I really enjoy- I do not hook up, its one of my favorite songs on the album and definately one to sing along to. The delivery of the song is fairly lively as the My life would suck with out you and all I ever wanted.

              Others that I would certainly recommend listening to are already gone and impossible.

              The album also has ballads on it such as cry and save you which is a very emotional but good song.

              This album would make a very good gift; however, it is mainly females that like Kelly clarkson rather then lads.

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              An album worth checking out, and purchasing

              Following on from the commercially unsuccessful but experimental My December, Kelly decides to go back to basics with a straightforward pop/rock affair reminiscent of her Breakaway album, which was a huge success in the mid 00's.

              The first single 'My Life Would Suck Without You' is a reasonably good idea of what to expect, pop/rock with a hint of electro-pop and a bold catchy chorus that bears all the hallmarks of a Max Martin and Dr. Luke production and got Kelly her first UK #1 at the start of the year, the second single 'I Do Not Hook Up' is another punchy pop/rock stomper which was originally a Katy Perry demo, and actually sounds exactly how Kelly Clarkson covering a Katy Perry track would. 'Long Shot' on this album was also penned by Perry.

              'Already Gone' is arguably the album's key ballad, and unsurprisingly will be the third single. It was penned by Ryan Tedder who was responsible for hits such as 'Halo' and 'Bleeding Love', it's a touching ballad which instantly catches on. Other highlights on this album include 'Whyyawannabringmedown', a short but sweet fun track with funky drums and guitar rhythms, totally different to anything Ms Clarkson has ever done before and ludicrously addictive, 'If I Can't Have You' is an electro pop/rock stomper, 'Don't Let Me Stop You' is a very basic track and reminiscent of a lot of her previous work, but very effective all the same.

              The Special Edition version of this album includes two excellent bonus tracks, including 'Tip Of My Tongue' which I consider to be a very strong song lyrically, 'The Day We Fell Apart' and a DVD documentary of making the album, making the 'My Life Would Suck Without You' video, the video to that single itself and a photo gallery.

              Overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable pop album, she didn't have as much personal input as she did with Breakaway or My December, but any Kelly fan should enjoy this.

              Tracklist:

              1. My Life Would Suck Without You
              2. I Do Not Hook Up
              3. Cry
              4. Don't Let Me Stop You
              5. All I Ever Wanted
              6. Already Gone
              7. If I Can't Have You
              8. Save You
              9. Whyyawannabringmedown
              10. Long Shot
              11. Impossible
              12. Ready
              13. I Want You
              14. If No One Will Listen

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                kellys best album by far.

                all i ever wanted is kelly clarkson's 4th studio album, after my december.

                the style of this album returns to the pop / rock roots of 'breakaway' which was a winning formula back in 2002.

                my favourite tracks on the album are all i ever wanted, and don't let me stop you, which if it isn't released as a single, i will eat my own arm.

                the album is full of rock ballads and uptempo pop/rock songs which will have u singing along after the 1st listen.

                worst track is 'i want you' it sounds like duffy's wailing in the background and it doesn't fit the rest of the album. also not too keen on 'whyyouwannabringmedown' it sounds like a mock cockney rip off.

                kelly's voice is stronger than ever and the overall feel of the album lends itself to some really strong live performances.

                this is kelly's finest work to date and hopefully will continue her success so far.

                would definitely recomend to anyone who has liked her previous albums or fans of the pop/rock genre.

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                  A great CD to listen to in ANY mood

                  Kelly Clarkson's fourth studio album All I Ever wanted is truly all WE ever wanted: Catchy, fun, addictive rock pop! It will give you hours and hours of enjoyment. I will be reviewing the DELUXE Edition.

                  ~~~ALBUM COVER~~~
                  First off though, the album cover is a darn right cheap mess. She looks slightly uncomfortable, in pain, and what is with the background? What is worse is the image of her with the lollipop! I despise the album cover and cringe at the sight of it. Compared to her other album covers, this is the WORST. But let's not judge the CD by its cover!

                  ~~~TRACKLIST~~~
                  The Deluxe Edition CD contains sixteen tracks:

                  1. My Life Would Suck Without You
                  2. I Do Not Hook Up
                  3. Cry
                  4. Don't Let Me Stop You
                  5. All I Ever Wanted
                  6. Already Gone
                  7. If I Can't Have You
                  8. Save You
                  9. Whyyawannabringmedown
                  10. Long Shot
                  11. Impossible
                  12. Ready
                  13. I Want You
                  14. If No One Will Listen
                  15. Tip of my tongue (bonus track)
                  16. The Day We Fell Apart (bonus track)

                  TRACKS TO LOVE: The Day we fell apart, Long Shot, Already Gone, I Do Not Hook Up, My Life would suck without you

                  TRACKS TO SKIP: Whyyawannabringmedown

                  This album is more upbeat and electopoppy than her other albums, but most of the tracks are really strong and show off Kelly's vocals and range. Some are a bit shouty (whyyawannabringmedown) but most are extremely enjoyable, catchy and addictive.

                  The moment I heard "The day we fell apart", which is a bonus track on the deluxe edition, I fell in love with the song and knew I had to get the deluxe edition. I personally felt this song should be put on the main one instead of whyyawannabringmedown, which would literally complete the album... but atleast it is available AT ALL!

                  The Deluxe Edition also contains an additional DVD with videos and making of the album, which doesn't really interest me, as I only got this for the bonus tracks, which are amazing!

                  ~~~PRICE~~~
                  I bought the album for £5 on Ebay, which I thought was a real bargain!
                  If you want a smashing summer cd, this is it! Grab it at major stores, HMV, and online at play.com and should be under £10 (I think HMV is doing 2 for £10 with this item)

                  ~~~OVERALL~~~
                  This is better than My December, and is a fun, upbeat and catchy record. There are many songs that people will love on here, and getting the Deluxe Edition is so worth it, because that last track is PHENOMENAL. I would highly recommend this album to those who like upbeat pop songs at a great level.

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                    Kelly Clarkson back to her Breakaway best!

                    Kelly Clarkson, winner of the original American Idol and arguably the most successful of American Idol winners, is back with her fourth album and is better than ever. I started listening to her when I heard Since You've Been Gone on the TV and really enjoyed Breakaway, her second album. I know she took a huge risk with her third album, My December, and haven't listened to the full album. Now she's back with All I Ever Wanted and, as far as I'm concerned, she's back to her Breakaway best.

                    1. My Life Would Suck Without You
                    The first single off the album and in the same vein as Since You've Been Gone, it's incredibly catchy and a great first song.

                    2. I Do Not Hook Up
                    Written by Katy Perry, I Do Not Hook Up is the second single released off the album and is just as catchy and just a good as My Life Would Suck Without You.

                    3. Cry
                    Cry is a ballad which would make a great single at some point. I love when Kelly sings ballad-type songs and this is no disappointment.

                    4. Don't Let Me Stop You
                    Back with the catchy song and catchy lyrics, Don't Let Me Stop You is one of my favourite tracks off the album.

                    5. All I Ever Wanted
                    The album title and a song about all she ever wanted - you!

                    6. Already Gone
                    My absolute favourite song off this album, and probably my favourite of Kelly's period. Written by Ryan Tedder (accomplished song-writer and singer with OneRepublic) and Kelly with vocals from Tedder it's a brilliantly sung song.

                    7. If I Can't Have You
                    The beginning of the song sounds awfully like Miley Cyrus' Fly On The Wall - and when I first heard it I thought "Why is Miley on a Kelly album?" but it isn't Fly on the Wall and is actually If I Can't Have You. Fast paced and catchy.

                    8. Save You
                    Another Ryan Tedder co-written song, a mid-tempo song which I enjoyed.

                    9. Whyyawannabringmedown?
                    Fast, fast, fast is all I can say about Whyyawannabringmedown - incredibly catchy.

                    10. Long Shot
                    Another of my favourites is a Katy Perry written song. It has a great tune to it and Kelly's voice suits it well, I'd love to hear Katy's version as well though just for comparison!

                    11. Impossible
                    I like Impossible, it's slow but I like the backtrack to it.

                    12. Ready
                    Probably one of the weaker songs on the album but still good to sing a long to.

                    13. I Want You
                    I love I Want You, it sounds like something from decades ago and it's a really good song with a great beat.

                    14. If No One Will Listen
                    A bit like Beautiful Disaster, this is a slow and sad song.

                    Overall it's a brilliant album, one of my favourites. I can listen to it on my iPod again and again. Kelly is definitely back to her best!

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                      The 4th album from American Idol songstress Kelly Clarkson

                      Reality TV show winners bug the hell out of me! It's very rarely that one makes a lasting impression before they're nothing but a mere memory in the public conscience. However, Kelly Clarkson has continued to grow stronger and stronger since her 2002 win on the first season of American Idol.

                      Despite poor mainstream success with her 3rd studio album 'My December', the record was praised by both critics and fans alike. 'All I Ever Wanted' is a return to the pop-rock mainstream sound of her international smash record 'Breakaway' but still shows strength and progression. Clarkson is an amazing singer and chooses not to throw out warbling ballads but to create music that is fun and deep all at once.

                      It was with great anticipation that I listened to 'All I Ever Wanted' for the first time so here is a brief outline of my opinions on each of its tracks:


                      01 - My Life Would Suck Without You
                      Produced by Dr Luke who was responsible for Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone' and hits from Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry amongst others 'My Life Would Suck Without You' is the perfect mainstream ditty. Sounding like a more electro charged version of 'Since U Been Gone' itself, the song is uplifting and catchy with blinding hooks and just manages to crawl inside your head and make you want to bop. It's Clarkson on fine form and sets the tone for the rest of the record. Easily the best track here.

                      02 - I Do Not Hook Up
                      The album's second single and previously recorded and written by Katy Perry. The song again delivers those hypnotic guitar rifts and Clarkson's vocal has a desperate edge to it. It's strange to hear her being so cheerful. The song does sound like a more watered down version of the previous track but that is by no means a bad thing.

                      03 - Cry
                      In my own personal opinion 'Cry' is flawless from start to finish. The emotion and depth of Clarkson's vocals set against the urgent and haunting melody make this one of the album's standouts. Clarkson knows pain and angst and she lets rip on this song.

                      04 - Don't Let Me Stop You
                      This song has a catchy chorus and is likeable enough not to make you skip it on a repeated listen. However, it just seems to lack something that grabs at you and really makes it stand out from the rest of the CD.

                      05 - All I Ever Wanted
                      The album's title track is a powerful rock stormer that starts off rather slow and laid back but sees Clarkson letting loose on the chorus. It's hard not to have the tune to this stuck in your head after listening as it not only provides another great song but also showcases Clarkson's vocals again.

                      06 - Already Gone
                      Many people have compared this to a rockier version of Beyonce's 'Halo'. Maybe due to the fact that OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder co-wrote and produced both tracks... 'Already Gone' inches ahead of 'Halo' however with the strength of Clarkson's vocals shining through and the haunting, breathless melody that seems to captivate you fro mthe offset. Whilst I am quite partial to 'Halo', Clarkson definately handles this song with more emotion...

                      07 - If I Can't Have You
                      Produced by Ryan Tedder again the thudding and hypnotic rhythm of this track takes over. The chorus is almost robotic and gives us seven amazing tracks in a row. It's hard to describe until you actually listen to the song but it just washes over you leaving a trail of energetic urgence in its wake.

                      08 - Save You
                      Another ballad that isn't as good as 'Cry' but is still pleasent enough to listen to. The build up to the climax of the song does seem rather limp and uninspired in parts but its still another strong effort.

                      09 - Whyyawannabringmedown
                      Well a solid record is ruined by the inclusion of this song. It sounds like something you'd hear in a barn, its gritty but boring, too fast but not fast enough. Clarkson sounds horrible as if she's struggling to get the words out and the whole thing just collapses into a painful mess to the ears.

                      10 - Long Shot
                      Again like most of this record this doesn't scream 'mainstream hit' potential but its consistant at providing strong and deep lyrics and a rather catchy chorus that just sees Clarkson on a roll.

                      11 - Impossible
                      There's a very dark and distinct sound to this record. It's about as gothic as Kelly Clarkson is ever gonna get anyway. At times it feels like she drags out some of the notes a bit too long and it ruins the track in this instance anyway. It's still very gritty whilst maintaining a fresh pop undertone.

                      12 - Ready
                      A corny country themed ballad comes into mind when hearing this track. It's not awful but it's not good. It bounces along quite pleasantly but it just fails to sink in.

                      13 - I Want You
                      There's a very innocent sound to this song and hints of bubblegum pop but the perfect string arrangement and the infectious hand clapping melody definately make it one of the album's strong points.

                      14 - If No One Will Listen
                      This song is another opportunity for Clarkson to show off her stunning vocals. Whilst the track is nice on the ears its a rather dull ending to an album that is packed with storming pop-rock fueled hits.


                      Depending if you purchase the deluxe edition or not you are treated to two extra tracks 'Tip Of My Tongue' and 'The Day We Fell Apart'. Even if not 14 tracks is still pretty decent considering how stingy artists tend to be these days by keeping fans waiting for years and having just 11 tracks on their comeback CD...

                      There is really only 1 bad track here - the rest may not be brilliant but they're definately not skip worthy on your ipod or such. The album shows that Clarkson is still miles ahead of the likes of Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne to whom she is frequently compared. Whilst 'All I Ever Wanted' lacks the large number of big mainstream singles 'Breakaway' offered it is still a confident and mature effort that shows not only strong and meaningful lyrics but Clarkson's perfect vocals. A lot of the tracks here are easy to relate to for the audience and with a wide variety of different genres explored it is easily Kelly's most diverse record to date. I would thoroughly reccomend checking it out as there really is something for everyone.

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                        26.03.2009 18:13
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                        The best album of 2009 so far, and unlikely to be topped.

                        It's with good reason that Kelly Clarkson is the most famed reality TV show winner of them all. She has tremendous pipes and a strictly grounded attitude. Her second album Breakaway sold over 10 million copies worldwide - almost unheard of, but totally deserved. Follow-up My December, a commercial flop, saw Kelly take a truly artistic approach which paid off musically, if not in stores.

                        Second single 'I Do Not Hook Up' is an instant masterpiece, better than 'Suck' and probably her best single since 'Behind These Hazel Eyes'. Written by Katy Perry (a true talent with a pen), Hook Up is a glorious celebration of chastity as Kelly lays down the rules to a new man ('Keep your hand in my hand / your heart on your sleeve'). It's Kelly doing what Kelly does best. 'Cry', the first of three big ballads, sees her slow the pace and up the angst. Howard Benson continues his good work on the production front, all atmospheric strings and country guitars. It's worth listening out for a particularly spectacular note before the final chorus - not that you could miss it. 'Don't Let Me Stop You' harks back to the aforementioned Hazel Eyes, adding a distinctly 'now' twist. Lyrically this is brilliant; 'This is gonna sound kind of silly / if you're looking over your shoulder / then you don't need to be with me, and I don't need to hold on'. The energy is relentless and the chorus is almost off the scale of the euphoriometer!

                        Clarkson barely has a chance to recover before she throws herself into the huge chorus of the title song. 'All I ever wanted was an in-between to escape this desperate scene' she confides. I must confess that I'm not completely sure what, if anything, that means, but it sounds pretty smart! On 'Already Gone', a Ryan Tedder production, Kelly nails the atmospheric ballad. It's difficult to see how she'll top it; the song, which has rings of Sinead O'Connor's classic 'Nothing Compares 2 U', is perfect. The lyrics should probably sound contrived - 'remember all the things we wanted? / now all our memories are haunted' - but she delivers them with such a smooth sincerity that they're impossible to criticise. Tedder also contributes 'If I Can't Have You', a strange hybrid of disco and rock which works surprisingly well. Kelly's vocals are certainly not used to full effect, but it's so frantic that you'd struggle not to dance if it played in a club, and hearing her voice vocoded on the middle 8 is a rare treat.

                        Tedder's winning streak couldn't last forever, though, and things fall down with 'Save You'. The production is pleasant, if generic. The verses are memorable, the chorus is well-sung (obviously) - the problem is that absolutely nothing about it truly stands out. It's standard balladry, something One Republic should've used. Even being the weakest of the tracks so far it's good enough not to skip, though, and the Mozart-inspired instrumental and drumroll outro are nice touches. Perhaps Kelly realised that this wasn't her most experimental song, because it's immediately followed by the crazy punk-fest of 'Whyyawannabringmedown?'. Ignoring the daft spelling, this is a ridiculous barrell of fun, and a shining example of how Kelly is always up for trying out new sounds. A second Katy Perry co-write is next, in the form of 'Long Shot', a lyrically spectacular pop-rock romp. 'My heartbeat beats me senselessly / why's everything gotta be so intense with me?' she questions, hopefully rhetorically. Kelly sounds as if she really wants to be here; her vocals are more engaged than ever. The song would make a superb single if she or the label fancied giving it a shot (excuse the pun!).

                        We enter icy territory with 'Impossible', Ryan Tedder's final production credit. Over wintery synths our Idol questions 'can someone tell me why it's so hard taking chances?'. For somebody with such a warm voice, Clarkson adapts terrifically to the misery (though she had a lot of practice last time around...). 'Ready' is a country-tinged summer number which celebrates a decision to just go for it ('fearless / with cape in hand'). Not everybody can pull off sheer joy without their audience reaching for a sack bag, so kudos to Kel. 'I Want You' harks back to the 60s and sees Kelly embrace her man's flaws (twice on one album - a record, surely?); 'you're such a mess, and with an attitude / i want you you you'. 'If No One Will Listen' is the closer, an empowering slow-burner. It's lacking in personality, though perfectly pleasant. The production, however, is finely-judged, the odd subtle drum roll thrown over a tinkling piano beat.

                        The deluxe edition of the album would be my recommendation; besides having a much more attractive cover and lyrics in the inlay, it includes two bonus tracks. The first, 'Tip Of My Tongue', is a Tedder production. It's a shame that it didn't make the cut, because it's better than a couple of the songs on the main tracklist, sporting an icy, synthy drum beat with heavily-processed vocals. It's yet another side to Kelly, ever the all-rounder. 'The Day We Fell Apart' is the second bonus, and again it's a loss for buyers of the standard edition. Kelly gets her cold on over a rocky beat, though I'm not entirely sure whether the lyrics - 'tell me what's this desperation? / 'Cos I don't recognise these chains' - are a tale of love or hate. Either way, she sounds immense.

                        'All I Ever Wanted' is a true masterpiece. It's better than 'My December', which was better than 'Breakaway', which was better than 'Thankful'. It's proof that she's a true artist, constantly evolving and trying her hand at new styles. It works perfectly.

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                          23.03.2009 17:47
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                          Even if you thought you didn't like KC - this album could surprise you!

                          Kelly Clarkson's fourth studio album, and she is full of surprises as usual. This record incorporates so many different influences that at times it's like playing "Spot the song" - some have driven me mad wondering "WHAT does this remind me of?"

                          The first single, "My life would suck without you" actually reached No.1 in the UK, which was a pleasant surprise - I've always felt that she doesn't get the recognition she deserves.

                          This upbeat song feels like the flipside to similar rock anthems such as "Since you've been gone" and "Never again". The standard boyfriend bashing has now turned into an acceptance that even imperfect relationships can make you happy. Musically, this is demonstrated by the lighter feeling - think major keys instead of minor! The guitars at the beginning are almost identical to the opening of "Since you've been gone" (and similar to "Never Again"), but much more upbeat and cheerful.

                          Now, I love Christina Aguilera but I'm not sure how responsible it really was to encourage teenage girls to wear micro minis and sing "Let me get mine, you get yours". (Contrary to popular belief, dressing like a tramp and being promiscuous is not empowering.) "I do not Hook up," written in part by Katy Perry, is a cheerful, rocking singalong stompathon, which deserves to be an anthem for all self respecting teenagers. It will be impossible for Kelly to perform this without her fans jumping up and down to the chorus.

                          "Long shot" is another Katy Perry reject. (Is it me, or does Kelly get a lots of others artist's leftovers that were apparently deemed not good enough for heir albums?) However, it's another catchy rock pop anthem, you could imagine Katy Perry singing this, but it also fits in with Kelly's style.

                          "Cry" is allegedly the most country influenced song on the album. I was confused by this until I realised that "Country," to many people, doesn't mean twanging slide guitars and fiddles - most of the country chart could better be described as soft rock. This sounds like Avril Lavigne's "I'm with you" and is one of Kelly's patented "Meaningful ballad with an epic chorus" tracks. (It wouldn't be a Kelly album without at least one song which is heartbreakingly sad.)

                          She revisits plenty of her old material - the beginning of "Don't let me stop you" is a clone of the start of "Behind these hazel eyes". The message is, if you're not that into me, go! It's very similar to her previous work, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's released as a single.

                          Ryan Tedder of One Republic wrote / produced several of the songs here, and boy does it show! "Already gone" features ethereal vocals dancing lightly over a simple backing of drums and piano. You can almost hear Ryan Tedder singing this, but it suits Kelly's style extremely well. The backing sounds exactly like Leona Lewis "Better in time".

                          The One Republic influence is apparent again with the epic "Save you." Her vocals are outstanding and the arrangement is haunting. With violins and piano, it's a classy song (and sounds like the Fray's "How to save a life").

                          Kelly veers off into new territory with several of these tracks - I'd say the most surprising are "If I can't have you," "Whyyawannabringmedown" and "I want you."

                          Do my ears deceive me? "If I can't have you" is a bona fide dance floor filler - Kelly has left behind the acoustic singer-songwriter stylings of My December and turned into a dance diva! It's a sexy, upbeat song, but, true to form, it's about a man who has not yet succumbed.

                          "Whyyawannabringmedown" seems to be the most hated track by Kelly's fans! (One person on Amazon called it "a stinker!") I'll admit it's a departure from her usual style, but what's wrong with that? I'd rather listen to an artist who constantly changes and tries new sounds, than someone who has churned out exactly the same stuff for the last ten years (I'm looking at you, Oasis.)

                          This sounds like something a thirteen year old would listen to at top volume after slamming the door in your face. It features Kelly yelling "I'm not your love monkey," and frankly there are few stars who have the sense of humour to release something like this. It has a stomping beat and I defy you to stop yourself from moving when this comes on. It's another dance floor filler! (It was originally recorded by Aranda, but Kelly's version blows it out of the water, totally.)

                          I have to confess, the first time I listened to "I want you," I HATED it. And I'm a big fan of Kelly (as you may have guessed from the numerous reviews I've produced!). I couldn't understand why a winner of American Idol would spend six years trying to distance themselves from simplistic, repetitive pop and then go right back to it. I wondered if she was simply trying to appeal to teenyboppers. With a couple more listens though, I realised that it's not meant to be simple pop in 2009 style -- it's actually more a pastiche of 1950s songs. Imagine Connie Francis singing it in a hoop skirt and bobby socks and you're there. It even has little 1950s "Yeah yeah yeahs" in the background. The vocals are effortlessly delivered and sexy, and wouldn't you know, this is now the sing that gets stuck in my head all day... in fact it's one of my favourites!

                          "Ready" has the same easy pop sound as "I want you" - it's sort of perky and bouncy and cheerful. Kelly's strong vocals stop it being too cutesy. Even though Katy Perry had nothing to do with this one, some of Kelly's vocals are like hers - a strong note flowed by a whispery gasp. I'm sure there is a technical term for that style, but I don't know it :-P

                          Impossible begins with electro pop styles but is nonetheless typical Kelly; it starts simply, gets more intense as the chorus grows with each repetition and features moving lyrics - "This lonely road's becoming my new home." Kelly's voice has always been strong but I think this album features her best vocals yet.

                          "If no one will listen" is another simple ballad with piano and amazing vocals. (Impressively, Kelly produced this one herself.)

                          The title track, "All I ever wanted" starts slowly and builds to an impossibly catchy chorus. While the lyrics say "all I ever wanted was a simple way to get over you;" it was chosen as the album's title because this - making music - is all she has ever wanted. Can't wait to see what she does next!

                          If you have the Special additions CD/ DVD you get two bonus tracks:

                          "Tip of my tongue" sounds different from all of Kelly's previous stuff - it's very urban, more like a Rihanna or a Pussycat dolls track. It has a strong beat, catchy lyrics and interesting vocal arrangements. Frankly, it deserves to be the next single -i t might open Kelly up to a new audience. "The day we fell apart" is similarly feisty and irresistibly fun.

                          The bonus DVD includes "Making of the video" and "Making of the album", which is fun to watch but doesn't give you any great insight. You just come away with the feeling that Kelly is a charming, effervescent personality and she had "fun" making this album.

                          I'll be very interested to see which tracks will be released as singles, as I've often thought that Kelly's weakest songs are the ones that get most airplay. It's a mystery to me why "Dirty little secret" has never been released as a single - check it out on Youtube.

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