ARTIST: Kelly Clarkson
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #41 UK
SINGLES: Before Your Love (#1 US), Miss Independent (#9 US, #6 UK), Low (#58 US, #35 UK), The Trouble with Love Is (#101 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: A Moment Like This
LINEUP: Kelly Clarkson and multiple session musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from first American Idol winner is safe and unexceptional.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Goopy ballads, songs that let the diva in her go, and very safe pop records, this debut album from Clarkson doesn’t signal anything except product that they could sell to her fans on American Idol.
It’s very obvious that Clarkson can sing, and sing well. American Idol dodged a bullet by her victory in Season One, since she was obviously the most talented and pop ready of the contestants. What this album lacks, though, is true inspiration except on a couple of cuts.
“Miss Independent” really saves the album from a total collection of ready made pop schlock. That song is funky, and has a unique production and doesn’t sound like it came from the synthesizer of a song doctor. That songs a winner, and really about the only thing truly memorable about this record.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Miss Independent” was originally slated for a Christina Aguilera album, and she gets co-writing credit on it.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The usual Japanese bonus track.
GRADE: C: Pop schlock same as it ever was. I exiled most all of this.