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All I Ever Wanted
by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson reviews
Critic Score
Metascore: 74 Metascore out of 100
User Score  
9.1 out of 10
based on 11 reviews
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The American Idol winner releases her fourth album.

RELEASE DATE: 10 March 2009
DISCS: 1 disc
GENRE(S): Rock, Pop

What The Critics Said

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Los Angeles Times
All I Ever Wanted is a masterful rapprochement with the mainstream, full of cheerfully ear-snagging tunes, inventive production, exhilarating vocals and enough inherent Kelly-ness to put aside fears that her label bosses implanted blond electrodes in her brain to make her behave.
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Entertainment Weekly
She just tries it all, co-writing six of All I Ever Wanted's 14 tracks-- and stumbles only rarely
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On her third album, Clarkson finds a Third Way: She makes nice with the pop machine and takes back the mall while keeping her integrity and personality intact.
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Boston Globe
No matter the stage of the romance, it's always DEFCON 1 in Clarkson-ville. And on All I Ever Wanted, out Tuesday, that melodrama translates into a delightfully incongruous good time.
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Clarkson's always had the best throaty yell in the business. But now she's becoming a masterful interpreter too.
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The New York Times
The most immediate parts of All I Ever Wanted read a bit like Kelly Clarkson karaoke: back are the Swedish writers and producers and their laser-guided arrangements, with dynamics that are particularly well suited to her voice, broad, nimble and gale-force strong.
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All Music Guide
This is a rare talent and while it's not perfect, largely due to those dreary Tedder tunes, much of All I Ever Wanted does justice to Clarkson's considerable skills.
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Hartford Courant
The good songs are great, but the empty bluster on some of the others overshadows the spunky personality that made Clarkson a draw in the first place.
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Rolling Stone
Clarkson's sense of grievance, inflated to gargantuan size by her huge voice, can be wearying over 14 songs, particularly when the music sags.
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Slant Magazine
Taken in isolation and out of the context of the album as a whole--say, on the radio--nearly all of these songs work well enough, despite the production choices that don't always play to Clarkson's strengths and which draw too much attention to themselves.
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As a product that needs to sell it fits the bill perfectly - there are at least five potential top ten singles here--but as an album, the whole thing feels precision tooled, vacuum-packed and strangely lifeless.
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What Our Users Said

Vote Now! The average user rating for this album is 9.1 (out of 10) based on 18 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

daniel b. gave it a10:
Kelly delivers a solid effort on this album. She is back to her full force and she will no doubt be one of the biggest performers of 2009 with this delightful album.

Dimitiri P gave it a10:
Kelly takes risks, and they pay off. She sounds great on so many different types of sounds. A definite crowd pleasure.

J F gave it a7:
Some great moments, but it's hard not to notice the fact that Kelly had considerably less creative control this time around (she only wrote 6 songs, as opposed to all 13 on My December), and I think that's a negative in terms of artistic integrity and respectability.

Michael Ns gave it a10:
This is probably the best album of this decade. It has so much variety in just 12 songs. It has slow ballads, uptempo, dance songs, hard rock songs, soft pop songs, and every song is filled with great writing, and incredible singing. It will definitely do well in sales, and I'm glad to see how well it's doing in reviews.

Brandon S gave it a7:
I just like that Blender calls this her "third album." By my count, this would be her fourth.

Jeff M gave it a10:
Fantastic. Just as good as Breakaway if not better. Top Tracks are All I Ever Wanted, I Don't Hook Up, Cry, Save You and Impossible. Her voice is better than ever and there at least 6/7 Smash Singles.

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