Clarkson returns 'Stronger'

By Abdullah Raslan
On November 2, 2011

The word "Stronger" can be described as the ability to perform a specified action well and powerfully.

Singer Kelly Clarkson exercises that quality in her latest album and titles it as so.

After getting her shot to fame by winning the first American Idol singing competition, Clarkson went on to lead a successful music career.

Two Grammys and 12 Billboard Music Awards later, Clarkson returns with "Stronger."

With catchy lyrics and a powerful voice, Clarkson delivers a pop song with a sexy raspy voice that will get stuck in your head for days.

Her first single "Mr. Know It All" is a mid-tempo song. The lyrics suggest that Clarkson has been pushed over by someone and she won't let it go by anymore.

The more radio friendly songs like "Let Me Down" and "I Forgive You" are perfect examples of what we expect from Clarkson.

Her album has several guitar driven songs that will have you nodding your head and tapping your feet before she even starts singing.

The album title "Stronger" comes from "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)," the second song on the album. The up-tempo song makes you want to dance with Clarkson's vocal soaring on top of those dance beats.

She then switches it up with "Dark Side" where she showcases her vulnerability.

In the last 30 seconds of "The War is Over," Clarkson gives you a slice of how high and how low she can go with her voice. The experience will haunt and astonish listeners on how much control she has gained since her first album.

A highlight of the album is "Honestly." Clarkson talks to a lover and asks him to answer her questions. She is doubtful of their future and is wondering if he is able to explain it to her even if she didn't want to hear it.

Another highlight is "You Love Me." The intro is very reminiscent of "Every breath you take" by the Police.

Lyrically, the album is an improvement from her previous attempts.

Clarkson doesn't seem to have a problem singing a breakup song, but she needs to step-up. There's a whole untapped market of couples that would do anything to hear more love songs.

The deluxe version includes six extra songs including the hit song "Don't You Wanna Stay" featuring country singer Jason Aldean.

This edition also contains a cover of Eric Hutchinson version of the song "Why Don't You Try" where Clarkson sounds her best. She brings so much soul and emotion into this song; it will make the hairs on your arm standup.

If you are up to listening to a great pop record that has all the bells and whistles, "Stronger" should be your pick.

"Stronger" is available in stores today.

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