Review : KELLY CLARKSON - My December
Entertainment WeeklyAre you on Team Kelly or Team Clive? It seems like everybody chose sides before even hearing My December, Kelly Clarkson's darker, more personal, riskier third CD. There are those who see her as a bird escaping a gilded cage, co-writing her entire album and bravely forsaking the hitmakers Clive Davis assigned to 2004's five-times-platinum Breakaway. Others view Clarkson as a spoiled brat, so impressed by her success that she's telling the industry's most established father figure to take a hike....full text
LA Daily NewsDon't think for a minute that because Clarkson scotched her recent solo tour, her third album must be a dud. Instead, "My December" is easily the most interesting record to come out of the "American Idol" juggernaut. Clarkson has never sounded better in a set that shows maturity, emotional range and ambition. These are grown-up songs dealing with anger, pain and heartbreak, with enough uplift to suggest brighter things ahead. And it's the sort of stuff anyone over the age of 10 can probably relate to....full text
Slant MagazineIn response to rumors that label boss Clive Davis didn't want to release My December because he deemed it too "negative" and reportedly offered her $10 million to scrap some of the songs, Kelly Clarkson told Entertainment Weekly: "It's not Metallica." Hell, it's not even Evanescence. The press about the album, not to mention fans' hysterical, hypercritical reaction to its lead single, "Never Again," which is a slightly harder, slightly less immediate version of almost every song on Breakaway, would have us believe that My December is some radical departure for Clarkson, but it's really just a logical progression—if not exactly a refinement—of the fingerless-gloved rock-chick persona the singer has created for herself in the years since her crowning as the premier American Idol....full text
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