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Breakaway

Pop album by Kelly Clarkson

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Master-ess of Power Pop

  • Jun 18, 2006
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'Breakaway' surely proves that Kelly Clarkson is more than a contest winner. Her debut 'Thankful' is good, but her follow-up is even better. On her first C.D. she showed she could master a variety of pop forms, but in some ways it was still a try-out. Here she showcases her ability to perform pop music fluidly and with great power.

The singles are her best material, but the other songs, while usually not as great, are never filler. "Breakaway," the opening title track is magnificent with its intricate acoustic guitar opening and breathey vocals that stretch into a refrain performed with great gusto. The content of that song and the beautiful "Because of You" should stave off any labels of pop diva for Kelly. The latter is sung with tender anguish, another showcase for her vocal range and the album's variety. She answers this performance with the good, but less worthy "Where Is Your Heart?". However, it is catchy, yet formidable power pop that she excels at, including "Since U Been Gone" and "Behind These Hazel Eyes". "Hear Me," is another propulsive song, but it almost endangers Kelly and her able band into formula. Nevertheless, Kelly demonstrates more variety than formula and proves this with the funky "Walk Away," her newest single and perhaps one of the best three songs from the album. To enhance the eclectic spirit, "Addicted" starts with a jazz piano and intimate vocals, and "Gone," while also power pop is punchier in rhythm. Her finale is a live version of "Beautiful Disaster," and while it establishes her as "Miss Independent" for creative control, this reviewer finds both versions to be worthy. Both versions are different songs really.

Comparisons are inevitable, and Kelly has done well enough to make us now compare others to her, but if she expanded her repertoire even more, say took on a country-pop song that would make her own idol, Reba McIntyre, proud, she may broaden her appeal to Shania Twain proportions, and still retain her individuality (of course)! Also, she could do more soul in a pop-pleasing way. Expect even more great things to happen from a master vocalist and stylist.

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review by . July 14, 2007
It's funny that, as big of an American Idol fan as I am, I had never bought a CD from an American Idol until now (though I had been given Clay Aiken's first CD as a gift and LOVED it). I'm so glad I bought this one.    We all know Kelly has a powerhouse voice, but this CD shows that her talent has staying power. I have only listened to the CD all the way through 2 or 3 times so far, but I have liked nearly everything I have heard, and I like that there is some variety in the tempo.
review by . June 12, 2006
I've been hearing Kelly for some time now and she's defiantly no "American Idol Fluff". She solely deserves all those awards she had rack up last year. Kelly has a lot of honesty on this album. She really put herself out there on songs like "Because Of You." I thought this album would be fill with typical ballads but Kelly has managed to do what I thought was impossible.     She's impressed me and made me love her voice even more! Kelly had more than proven her vocal capabilities …
review by . March 04, 2006
posted in Music Matters
I usually hate the contest shows on tv and do not watch them at all. Kelly Clarkson has gone way beyond anything that I thought could come out of one of those shows. The tracks Since You've Been Gone and Breakaway make the CD worth getting. The rest of the CD is excellent and shows that Kelly is probably one of the top female performers that will have staying power.
review by . January 13, 2006
Pros: Kelly can sing; some bright spots!     Cons: Dark, morose, depressing music.      The Bottom Line: Lets hope Breakaway is a phase, and not the direction all of Kelly¬ís music will take in the future.      There are two over-riding themes on Kelly Clarkson’s latest album Breakaway: agonizing heartbreak and heavy metal, both of which should be taken in small doses. Now I like Kelly oh-so-cute Clarkson, and I love her voice, I just …
review by . May 12, 2005
posted in Music Matters
There couldn't have been a more perfect title to this, Kelly Clarkson's sophomore effort. "Breakaway" is just that, a new direction for a very talented artist. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of stuff here for fans of her days on "American Idol" and her "Thankful" album. Clarkson provides for this in tunes like "Because Of You," "Where Is Your Heart" and "Beautiful Disaster." But the real gems here are her edgier tunes like "Breakaway," "Addicted" and "I Hate Myself For Losing You." These tunes …
review by . March 22, 2005
Pros: The songwriting is a lot better here than on Thankful, the material is more mature     Cons: The album can come off as depressing at times (read review)     The Bottom Line: Breakaway is a great departure from Thankful, but a good one. Now I'm just wondering if she'll continue in this direction with her next album...     When I think of Kelly Clarkson, I think of American Idol. I think of her movie (that I LIKED, even though it flopped), …
review by . December 10, 2004
Thankfully, American Idol alumni such as Kelly and, to a certain extent, Clay, are truly breaking away from the sugary trappings of the show and forging their own identities and unique sounds.    While Kelly's first album was a good showcase of Kelly the singer, this album is an amazing showcase of Kelly the singer of songs that mean something to her. She and her handlers have smartly realized that the hackneyed Britney/Hillary/Ashley types have mostly worn out their welcome …
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Kelly Clarkson could have played herAmerican Idol-propelled career much differently, languishing in the role of dippy ingénue or shunting her musical development by leaning too heavily on overnight stardom. Instead she dug in her heels and allowed good sense (or a good manager) to steer, and somewhere Simon Fuller and the rest of the TV gang ought to be smiling. CreditBreakaway, which couldn't be more aptly titled--the sophomore effort represents a seismic split from the thin if pretty debut,Thankful. Here we encounter Clarkson as superstar, with the humility that made her likable on the first disc tucked tightly under her arm. First single and leadoff track "Breakaway" topped the pop charts on arrival, and its rock-friendly thumps, dips, and rolls don't wear out their welcome. Instead,they blend into the firestorm of beats and guitars that is "Since U Been Gone," another shout-it-out rocker. Those songs set the tone for the rest of the disc in all its fury: The innocence is long gone, "Addicted" and "Hear Me" say. The big, expressive voice ringed by the occasional high-pitch trill--the one that prompted millions to get behind her onIdol--doesn't dip entirely off the radar, though. On "Where Is Your Heart" and the stunning live closer "Beautiful Disaster," it's there in full force--a hint, maybe, that despite the wide, smart career stepBreakawayrepresents, her fans come first.-Tammy La Gorce
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Label: RCA
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Genre: Pop
Release Date: November 30, 2004

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