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All I Ever Wanted

Broadway & Vocalists and Pop album by Kelly Clarkson

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'All I Ever Wanted (Limited Edition)' Review

  • Mar 10, 2009
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This release from Kelly Clarkson is fun, sounds fresh and doesn't sound like a lot of what's on the radio today. What makes 'All I Ever Wanted' leaps and bounds better than 'My December' is simply the fun, light-heartedness of the release. There are some ballads but the production on each is consistent and very pop-orientated, and Clarkson's voice and the thoughtful attention to the lyrics all combine to make for a really addictive, memorable listening experience. If you were let down by 'My December', you will no doubt want to give this release a try because this is a cleaner, more enjoyable release from Clarkson.

The best tracks are those that are an infusion of your typical pop/rock sound with the heart of a ballad. "Cry", "Already Gone", "All I Ever Wanted" and "Impossible" are the stand out tracks, with strong lyrics and Clarkson's signature vocals belting out lyrics that, unlike with many artists, actually have heart and substance to them. These sounded a little dated, simply due to the pop treatment, but I found that aspect the best when we see a lot of artist going for overly processed voices and following the herd with R&B-orientated songs. Other tracks such as "Don't Let Me Stop You" and "Long Shot" play more with the rhythm and the beat, helping them to stand out and remain memorable. There really isn't much to complain about with this release, as I found all the songs listenable and none truly skip-worthy. Some songs, the ones mentioned in this review, were simply better and stood out in my listening of the release from start to finish.

As for bonus material, it's nice having some of the behind-the-scenes commentary, the sort of tame 'My Life Would Suck Without You' music video, and the bonus tracks. The beat of 'Tip of My Tongue' really drives the song more so than the lyrics or vocals while 'The Day We Fell Apart' sounds awesomely good and should have been a main track on the album rather than reduced to 'bonus' status. In all, a great release from Clarkson with her returning to her pop roots. Worth the purchase and worth a listening.

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review by . March 10, 2009
This release from Kelly Clarkson is fun, sounds fresh and doesn't sound like a lot of what's on the radio today. What makes 'All I Ever Wanted' leaps and bounds better than 'My December' is simply the fun, light-heartedness of the release. There are some ballads but the production on each is consistent and very pop-orientated, and Clarkson's voice and the thoughtful attention to the lyrics all combine to make for a really addictive, memorable listening experience. If you were let down by 'My December', …
review by . March 10, 2009
She had me at "My Life Would Suck Without You". How can you not absolutely lose yourself in pure pop/rock giddiness when Kelly's voice soars over a track like that?     The rest of the CD is just as good, with plenty of catchy hooks and the conflicting messages that Kelly, P!nk, etc have perfected in the last 5-6 years. There are even some great moments reminiscent of some of the great 80's/90's sounds of groups like Roxette (Already Gone), feel good buddy songs (If No One Will …
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2009 release, the fourth album from one of the biggest Pop stars on the planet! All I Ever Wanted was produced by Howard Benson, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Ryan Tedder, Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello. Kelly's debut album Thankful sold over three million albums worldwide and her follow-up, Breakaway, scanning an unprecedented 10 million albums worldwide. Kelly has enjoyed nine Billboard Hot 100 singles including 'A Moment Like This', 'Because of You', 'Breakaway' and the #1 smash hit 'Since U Been Gone'. 16 tracks including the single 'My Life Would Suck Without You'.
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Label: Sony BMG
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Genre: Pop
Release Date: March 10, 2009

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