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All I Ever Wanted
Kelly Clarkson
Release Date: no month , Marc
Producer(s): various
Label/Catalog Number: RCA
March 14, 2009 ET

All I Ever Wanted

If the lollipop-licking sleeve didn't make it clear, the tense opening strums of the first single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," should do it: Kelly Clarkson is back in the pop fold, which is right where she belongs. "All I Ever Wanted" shows a lighter-hearted, but more vocally mature Clarkson than her last outing, 2006's dour "My December." Tracks like "Suck" and "Don't Let Me Stop You" provide the high-power guitars and belt-able kiss-offs for which she's best-known, only with even more wit and strength. She enunciates the heck out of two tunes co-written by Katy Perry, "I Do Not Hook Up" and "Long Shot," giving unexpected pathos to lines like "My heartbeat beats me senselessly." The ballads are more memorable too, like "Cry" and the kick drum-driven "Already Gone," which she delivers with a ghostliness reminiscent of Sinéad O'Connor. Clarkson's always had the best throaty yell in the business. But now she's becoming a masterful interpreter too. —Kerri Mason



All I Ever Wanted
Kelly Clarkson
Release Date: no month , Marc
Producer(s): various
Label/Catalog Number: RCA
March 14, 2009 ET

All I Ever Wanted

If the lollipop-licking sleeve didn't make it clear, the tense opening strums of the first single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," should do it: Kelly Clarkson is back in the pop fold, which is right where she belongs. "All I Ever Wanted" shows a lighter-hearted, but more vocally mature Clarkson than her last outing, 2006's dour "My December." Tracks like "Suck" and "Don't Let Me Stop You" provide the high-power guitars and belt-able kiss-offs for which she's best-known, only with even more wit and strength. She enunciates the heck out of two tunes co-written by Katy Perry, "I Do Not Hook Up" and "Long Shot," giving unexpected pathos to lines like "My heartbeat beats me senselessly." The ballads are more memorable too, like "Cry" and the kick drum-driven "Already Gone," which she delivers with a ghostliness reminiscent of Sinéad O'Connor. Clarkson's always had the best throaty yell in the business. But now she's becoming a masterful interpreter too. —Kerri Mason



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