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An album by Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson's Debut Gives Us Much To Be Thankful For

  • Sep 28, 2003
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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 Kelly fan, but I always liked her voice, and thought she had a sweet personality. And being the big AI buff that I am, I'd already vowed to buy all of the
top five's albums when they came out.

I don't know about the others (you can read my review of Justin's solo debut here), but Kelly's isn't half bad. Despite the fact that she seems to struggle with whether she wants to be a R&B, pop, rock, or gospel singer, it's still a pretty solid debut effort. That said, on with the review...


1) The Trouble With Love Is
This track has a kind of old school feel to it that I like. Besides that, TTWLI isn't all that interesting, and although Kelly's vocals are great, it's nothing we haven't heard before.

2) Miss Independent
I think this song is the perfect choice for the first single. It's got this funky, kind of rock flair to it, and it's just a fun song to sing along to. It also has this guitar driven beat that pulsates in the background that I love.

3) Low
This is the first light rock song off the album. It's one of my favorites off Thankful, mainly because of the melody and catchy lyrics. Kelly also delivers in the vocal department; going up a whole octave during the chorus and bridge.

4) Some Kind Of Miracle
Kelly channels Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera in this Diane Warren penned ballad. It's typical Diane...mushy love lyrics poured over a sappy piano based melody. Of course, I love it.

5) What's Up Lonely
One of the more forgettable tracks on the album. I originally liked this song, but forgot it as I listened to the other songs on the CD. It's a cute kind of song in which Kelly talks to the 'loneliness' that is following her. I think a different producer could have given it the spark to make it more memorable.

6) Just Missed The Train
Kelly lets out her inner Avril and Alanis in this pop-rock song, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This song is reminiscent of Low, but misses the catchiness of it's predecessor. Not a terribly bad song, but not the best.

7) Beautiful Diaster
This song reminds me of the 80's for some reason. I think it sounds like an 80's song...but I'm not sure which one. Anyway, Kelly sounds lovely as she sings about a guy who is beautiful, but at the same time...a diaster.

8) You Thought Wrong
Kelly reunites with AI alum Tamyra Gray for this 2003 update on The Boy Is Mine (remember that song?). This time, Kelly and Tamyra have joined forces and are mad at the guy that did them wrong. The song, produced by The Underdogs and Face, is decent, but Kelly and Tamyra seem to get drowned out by the overly loud production in the chorus.

9) Thankful
The title track and my favorite song on the album. Thankful is a bouncy, R&B type song, which for some reason, comes off as sounding like a song that'd belong on a gospel album. Either way, I love it, and Kelly should be proud, because she actually co-wrote it =)

10) Anytime
I know a lot of people were expecting Kelly's whole album to be full of power-ballads like, Anytime, and even though I like this song, I'm glad this is basically the only Celine/Mariah/Whitney (excluding SKOM) type song on the album. Kelly's voice is strong and beautiful, and the only thing that upsets me about this song is that it was originally a duet with Justin (and is featured in their movie From Justin: To Kelly) but they cut him out for some reason. I guess RCA/19 E didn't want Kelly to have two duets on the album, but honestly, they could've scrapped YTW. No offense to Tamyra, but I'd take Justin anyday.

11) A Moment Like This
I don't know why A Moment Like This and Before Your Love are billed as bonus tracks, but whatever. They're also labeled as a "new mix", but that's not true either. The only time I ever really liked this song was when Kelly sang it at the finale after winning, and I only liked it then because of how sweet it was that Kelly was crying and all. Now the song is just very old and played out and almost annoying.


12) Before Your Love
Again, another played out song, although I can listen to it more than AMLT. There is really nothing to say about this song, since everyone's already heard it a million times, but I do think that Kelly holds the last note a few seconds longer than she does on her single's version. So that must be the "new mix" the CD advertises. *rolls eyes*

Recommended:
Yes

Great Music to Play While: Hanging With Friends

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review by . June 04, 2005
Pros: Clarkson’s 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 Clarkson’s 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, …
review by . January 15, 2005
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.
review by . April 20, 2003
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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 …
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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
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Label: RCA
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Release Date: April 15, 2003

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