Kelly Clarkson, the toothsome winner of Fox TV's firstAmerican Idolcompetition shows that her prime-time win was no fluke. She blithely skips through octaves and genres like a seasoned pro, belting out power ballads like hooky "Low" and the Diane Warren-penned "Some Kind of Miracle," with the aplomb ofPat Benatarin her prime. Clarkson tackles the neo-gospel "Anytime" without flinching, then shows some dirty street cred as she growls through "Miss Independent," a song she penned withChristina Aguilera. But Miss Independent would be a gross misnomer; despite the fact Clarkson co-wrote four of the album's tunes. Clarkson not only had uber record exec/executive producer Clive Davis at her disposal, but an arsenal of producers and songwriters to make sure she didn't make a creative misstep. Despite Clarkson's sublime vocal talents, excessive gloss at times overwhelms the quirky charm and personality she displayed onIdol.--Jaan Uhelszki
Pros: Clarksons voice when it is allowed to breathe unhindered and unadorned. Cons: The album is over-produced; too much going one at one to truly enjoy Clarksons voice. The Bottom Line: My daughters love this CD, and why not it was meant for their consumption. As for me, outside of the tracks I detailed above, the CD is completely forgettable. I have watched with interest the rising star of one Ms. Kelly Clarkson, the cute, … more
While Kelly has a good voice, there are only a few songs on this album that are really good. The duet with Tamyra Gray is amazing. If you know someone who's a huge Kelly or American Idol fan, this is a great gift.
Pros: Kelly's talent, catchy songs, beautiful ballads Cons: Seems like Kelly is struggling to find her niche (read review) The Bottom Line: Kelly's album turned out really well. But I shudder to think of how it would've turned out if RCA stuck to the original release date- 3 months after the finale. America loves Kelly Clarkson. Or at least they should, since she won last years title of American Idol. I've never been a huge … more
The producers of American Idol 1 struck gold when Kelly Clarkson walked in in a homemade denim "dress" and auditioned for their show. Fast forward a year, and it's hard to believe that the model-pretty girl on the cover of this CD is the same un-polished girl from that audition.Her voice is just amazing - it has the range and power of Christina Aguilera/Mariah Carey, but the playfullness and approachability of Faith Hill or Shania Twain. Either way, the voice is what it's all about.. and she's got … more