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Pop album by Kelly Clarkson

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The Title Says It All

  • May 12, 2005
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 give us a look into a world well-trodden by pop stars, but not in this fashion. While others cry over losing there boyfriend/girlfriend in a pretty little ballad, Clarkson picks herself up, kicks some dirt in your face, and gets "Gone."

The kicker in this bunch is the well-received "Since U Been Gone." At first, it seems as if Clarkson is merely trying to copy artists such as Avril Lavigne, but Clarkson can really sing, and her voice wraps around this definite rocker with ease. You can almost picture her in a hair band if you think hard enough. "Since U Been Gone" is one of the heaviest pop tunes I've heard in a long time, and this is coming from someone who cut his teeth on bands like Metallica, Whitesnake, Guns N' Roses and Alice In Chains. Though she's nowhere near the levels of "heavy" that these groups have attained, Clarkson stands above her pop contemporaries who have a "rebel" edge to them like Lavigne.

Clarkson has widened her appeal with this second album without coming across as a huge sellout just looking for more income. I credit her for stretching her legs a bit with this project. Though some of it seems out of character, Ms. Clarkson makes each song her own.

On a side note, Kelly Clarkson just seems like an all-around decent person. She doesn't rip her clothes off like Christina Aguilera, make a spectacle of herself like Britney Spears, or plant her face on TV like Ashlee Simpson. Instead, she acts just like the girls you grew up with who were pretty cool and just plain nice to everyone. I hope she stays that way.

Good job, Ms. Clarkson, keep up the good work.

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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 18, 2006
'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 …
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
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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 . 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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