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Thankful  Hear it Now

RS: 3of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

2003

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What have they done to our Kelly, those canny men pulling the strings of her post-American Idol career? Her single last fall, "A Moment Like This," signaled that she might be headed toward the Mariah-Whitney-Celine radio-ballad sausage mill. Thankful puts those fears to rest: The album's producers jam Clarkson into the stilettos of MTV sexpots ranging from Faith Hill ("Low") to Vanessa Carlton ("Just Missed the Train") to Christina Aguilera ("Miss Independent"). Her high notes are sweet and pillowy, her growl is bone-shaking and sexy, and her midrange is amazingly confident for a pop posy whose career is tied for eternity to the whims of her American Idol overlords. Thankful is testament to marketable young ladies with more talent than artistic freedom.

ARION BERGER
(From RS 922, May 15, 2003)



(Posted: Apr 22, 2003)

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Review 1 of 2

elainesnowden writes:

4of 5 Stars

The first thing you notice about Thankful is that it's a far more mature offering than one might expect of a reality show winner. Granted, Miss Independent is the only track that performed well outside of the US, but that may be more down to the style and sound than the actual quality of the music. Clarkson showed real bravery in holding off its release until she was happy with it. She could have cashed in on the American Idol craze and just ridden the wave of success, but she didn't. And this is what I think separates Clarkson from other winners of such shows. Amazing voice and girl-next-door charm aside, Clarkson clearly has the talent and drive to make it. Sure Thankful may have been overshadowed by Breakaway, and rightfully so in my opinion, but as a debut it was an unusually cohesive cd. I love this album as it's soulful and even though Clarkson can pretty much sing anything, I think she's at her best within the soul/blues-rock arena. Just listen to her New Orleans inspired section on the Addicted Tour, wow.

Aug 3, 2006 19:15:11

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Review 2 of 2

harrisongs writes:

3of 5 Stars

thankful is a clue for the musicworld that kelly clarkson is more than your average reality tv winner.she is far more than that..and thankful is hard as it gets....an album with loads of miracle that overshadow some inevitable minor flaws such as the duet with tamyra gray and the very boring "what's up lonely".however songs like "jst missed the train" , "beautiful disaster", "ms. independent" justify the mere presence of kelly clarkson and the fact the she is a force to reckon with.

Jan 17, 2006 20:35:39

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