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EDITORS’ NOTES

Kelly Clarkson’s fifth studio album balances strength and vulnerability. No longer trying to please all the people all of the time, Clarkson settles into her sound with confidence, grace, and grit, starting with the spiteful and sassy “Mr. Know It All”. This empowering piece of pop perfection struts on buoyant beats and a lyrical finger wagged in the face of an anti-muse who thought he had her all figured out. (Spoiler alert: he thought wrong.) The title track is a four-on-the-floor disco epic bolstered by Clarkson soulfully singing an empowering life-after-heartbreak anthem. “Honestly” simmers down into a hearty rue of stripped-down balladry where Clarkson’s voice breaks in all the right places as she croons over pedaling beats and a tastefully mixed production patchwork of futuristic ambience. Even when she’s trying her hand at country pop with lovelorn songs like “Breaking Your Own Heart”, Clarkson’s unmistakable inflections tower above genre pigeonholing. Bonus-track gems include “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean and the biting “Alone”.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kelly Clarkson’s fifth studio album balances strength and vulnerability. No longer trying to please all the people all of the time, Clarkson settles into her sound with confidence, grace, and grit, starting with the spiteful and sassy “Mr. Know It All”. This empowering piece of pop perfection struts on buoyant beats and a lyrical finger wagged in the face of an anti-muse who thought he had her all figured out. (Spoiler alert: he thought wrong.) The title track is a four-on-the-floor disco epic bolstered by Clarkson soulfully singing an empowering life-after-heartbreak anthem. “Honestly” simmers down into a hearty rue of stripped-down balladry where Clarkson’s voice breaks in all the right places as she croons over pedaling beats and a tastefully mixed production patchwork of futuristic ambience. Even when she’s trying her hand at country pop with lovelorn songs like “Breaking Your Own Heart”, Clarkson’s unmistakable inflections tower above genre pigeonholing. Bonus-track gems include “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Jason Aldean and the biting “Alone”.

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