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Kelly Breaks Away From Idol With Her Sophomore Release

  • Mar 22, 2005
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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), From Justin To Kelly: The Tale of Two American Idols. I think of her debut album, Thankful, which had the song A Moment Like This on it. You know, the song she sang on American Idol. Kelly Clarkson and American Idol are synonymous. And it's not really a good thing anymore.

I guess Kelly realized the same thing about her career, and when it was time to record material for her sophomore album, Breakaway, she figured she'd get as far away from American Idol and anything even remotely related to it as she could.

The result is a mature album, full of songs co-written by Kelly, and Evanescence sounding vocals- a complete departure from the Kelly Clarkson we used to relate with American Idol.

1) Breakaway
This is pretty much the only "light" or "fluffy" song on the album. Which makes me wonder why it's the tile track, because this song does not encompass the theme of the album at all. Hmmm....

Anyway this is a decent song about going after your dreams. It was on the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack, and I remember seeing the music video on Nickelodeon, Noggin, and the Disney Channel all summer long. Which really makes this song remind me of the summer and good times, so that makes me like it more.

2) Since U Been Gone
I really like this song. It starts off wonderfully, with Kelly singing "Here's the thing, we started off friends," and then the beat kicks in. By the chorus, the tempo picks up more, and Kelly is practically screaming. This song has so much energy in it...it's a great song to listen to when you're in the mood to jump around and dance.

3) Behind These Hazel Eyes
Most reviews of this album have several Avril Lavinge comparisons in them, and this song is DEFINITELY Avril. I'm pretty sure if I had just listened to this for the first time, not knowing it was Kelly, I'd say it's a song by Avril. Kelly sort of sounds like her, and the whole way the song is composed is just Avril Lavinge. The heartbroken lyrics, the guitar-based chorus, the agony-ridden vocals...the whole thing reminds me of her. Which is a bit unfortunate 'cause I'm not a big Avril fan, so I usually skip this song.

4) Because Of You
Here it is-the second comparison. This song reminds me (as well as several other reviewers) of something by Evanescence. The soft, piano based verses sound close to My Immortal, and then the chorus jumps up in tempo...just like most of Evanescense's songs. This could be due to the fact that one of their members, Ben Moody, co-wrote and produced this track.

Anyway, this is quite a good song. Kelly sings about a negative relationship with someone (I've heard it's about her parents?), and the impact they've had on her life. The lyrics are vulnerable and honest, for example, "Because of you/I'm ashamed of my life/Because it's empty/Because of you/I am afraid".

5) Gone
This song has a peppy, 80's feel to it. It's upbeat and makes me want to dance, but besides that, it's not that great. The lyrics are pretty boring and Kelly doesn't sound special in it or anything. I usually skip this one, unless I'm in a hyper mood.

6) Addicted
I LOVE this song. The song is very slow, and almost depressing, but it works well. And the lyrics are amazing. Some of my favorites are in the chorus ("It's like I can't breathe/Without you interrupting me") and during the bridge ("I'm hooked on you/I need a fix/I can't take it/Just one more hit/I promise I can deal with it"). The subject matter reminds me a bit of Christina Aguilera's song, Walk Away, but this track has a bit more edge to it. I love it!

7) Where Is Your Heart
This song is the closest to anything you'll find on Thankful. It's the only ballad on the album, but it still comes off as being a lot more mature than anything on Kelly's debut. I think my favorite thing about this song is the honesty in the lyrics. Lines from the chorus, "Where is your heart?/Cause I don't really feel you" and "Is it so hard/To give me what I need/I want your heart to bleed/And that's all I'm asking for" as well as other parts in the song are ones I can personally relate to, so maybe that's why I like this song so much. When Kelly is singing this song, you can't help but feel that she is singing the words from her heart; that's she had this exact experience in real life, which makes the song even more likable.

8) Walk Away
This song reminds me so much of Fefe Dobson. If you don't know who she is, she's like a watered down version of Avril Lavigne. And she released a single this summer called, Boys and Girls (I'm in LOVE with that song), and Walk Away reminds me so much of it. They both have an 80's pop feel, kind of like Gone, but this song is even MORE 80's. Walk Away is another fun song...it makes me want to dance around in some leg warmers and sing into my hairbrush while pretending it's a microphone. Good times.

9) You Found Me
The album goes down hill here. This song is OK...it's not really a skip, but not good enough to stand out, either. It's just a bit boring.

10)I Hate Myself For Losing You
This is probably the worst song on the album. I NEVER listen to it. It's over dramatic, the lyrics suck ("What do you do/When you look in the mirror/And staring at you/Is why he's not here"..::rolls eyes::), and even Kelly's voice can't do it justice. It kind of upsets me that they chose to put THIS song on the album, and skipped on such a great song as Don't (a song Kelly sang on tour with Clay...it was TONS better than this track!).

11) Hear Me
I'm not sure why I like this song, but I do. Lyrically, there's not much different going on, but musically, it's great to listen to. It starts off slow and sweet, but picks up during the chorus, as Kelly sings "Hear me/I'm crying out/I'm ready now/Turn my world upside down/Find me!"

12) Beautiful Disaster (live)
If you have Thankful then you know that this song is included on that album as well. This version is composed of just Kelly and the piano instead of all the production on the original, which works nicely. I do like this version better, but it is a bit unnecessary.


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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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