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Editors’ Notes

My December picks up where Breakaway left off, further proving that Kelly Clarkson is more comfortable being the take-charge frontwoman of a screaming rock band than she is with the crooning R&B of American Idol. “Never Again,” “One Minute,” and “Don’t Waste Your Time” make you want to jump in the driver’s seat and crank the radio to top volume. Rather than look to the clichéd influences of American Idol, Clarkson takes her inspiration from rock hits from the recent past. “Hole” has a careening stomp that lets her imagine she's fronting Nirvana, while the martial, horn-inflected beat of “Yeah” shares something with Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer.” Even as she continues to rock out, the album shows huge growth in her songwriting. Clarkson has stated that My December was influenced by Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, and tracks like “Sober” and “Haunted” delve into the pain and discontent that most pop stars avoid like the plague. Her label initially refused to release the album because they deemed it “too negative,” but Clarkson stuck by her guns, thereby affirming the candor and self-assurance that sparks so many of these songs.

Customer Reviews

Clarkson's 'December' is a testament to true artistry

Amidst a maelstrom of controversy, veteran megastar Kelly Clarkson delivers her much-anticipated project ‘My December.’ A follow-up to her astronomically-successful six-time platinum ‘Breakaway,’ ‘December’ is Clarkson’s most original work yet. Considering Clarkson wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, it is fair to say ‘December’ is also her most personal record thus far. On ‘December,’ Clarkson further develops the pop/rock sound she featured on ‘Breakaway,’ though the intensity is ratcheted up tenfold. This is apparent on songs such as “Haunted,” “Hole,” and “Never Again” (the album’s first single). In fact, Clarkson’s newfound rocked-out sound is drawing comparisons to Alanis Morissette and Janis Joplin. Also found on ‘December’ are indie blues and soul tracks like “Be Still,” “Yeah,” and “Irvine,” which strengthen Clarkson’s songwriting credentials and her knack for recording true music rather than disposable radio filler. “Yeah” in particular is a step away from what she is used to recording thanks to its jazziness, but she manages to pull it off. “Irvine” is a true classic and is a compliment to indie rock. It is also the most unique track on ‘December’ thanks to its lazy, daydream-esque sentiment, though it doesn’t seem out of place. ‘December’ also includes the second-best song Clarkson has ever written and recorded in “Sober,” an account of a woman declaring her resiliency after a break-up. “Sober” is second only to “Because of You,” which will remain Clarkson’s most heartfelt song to date. The final chorus represents an emergence from sullenness to confidence as Clarkson’s vocals soar to emotional heights. Despite the raw, more sincere sound on ‘December,’ there are still some catchy tracks that would fit on radio stations’ playlists with relative ease like “One Minute” and “How I Feel.” The verses on “Minute” are just as fun to sing along to as the chorus is, and the funky background music on “Feel” gives it a current touch. ‘December’ does not have a universally-accepted “weak” song on it, though “Judas” is a little on the bland side and can get lost in the shuffle with the superior hard-edged “Don’t Waste Your Time” and “Can I Have a Kiss.” Not to be missed is the quirky hidden track “Chivas,” in which Clarkson’s lyrics are humorous at times. The bonus tracks available on the deluxe edition of ‘December’ are all worth it, from Dave Audé’s remixes of “Never Again” to the P!NK-like, down and “Dirty Little Secret.” ‘My December’ is a masterpiece; a testament to true artistry, and it cements Clarkson’s position as an artist and not just another popstar. It is true not everyone loves her new sound, but that will not change the fact that ‘December’ is Clarkson to the core. This project will not be met with the commercial success that its predecessor received, but that is the last thing Clarkson is concerned with. The fact remains that Clarkson’s growth and maturity are present on ‘My December’ and it will always be a chapter in her musical career, one that will be looked back on as a great decision for years to come.

Best Album of '07!!

This album is amazing. People should listen to it entirely before judging it. "Sober" is an amazing song, it builds up slowly but when the 3 minute mark arrives, be ready for the rawness in Kellys voice that I love. Great song. Another hit is the fast paced "How I Feel" its a great song, very upbeat and great melody, great car jam. This album is amazing. A few mis-steps but overall an AMAZING album. Give it a try, its worth the $7.99, trust me. Standout Tracks (TOp 5): Never Again (most played song on my ipod) Sober Maybe How I Feel Haunted

My December Is Awesome

It's good to see that Kelly Clarkson decided to change up her music. This was a creative decision that needed to be made. With Kelly's huge success, she can afford to make such a creative and rock oriented album like My December. There was feud between Kelly Clarkson and Clive Davis. Simon Cowell said that Kelly is not a puppet and that she should do what she wants. I fully agree with this statement. Kelly Clarkson sells millions of albums worldwide, so she deserves to make some creative decisions to her album. She shouldn't be tied down to American Idol. I personally like My December. Never Again is such a good song and deserved to be the first single. I think the most beautiful song is Sober, which was the second single that never became a hit. I think that Sober should've became a hit. This album may come as a surprise when you first listen to it, but it ends up being an overall awesome album. Breakaway was a good album and this is a great follow up. It's a little disappointing that it didn't seem to be as successful as her previous album and should have gotten the recognition it deserved. Kelly Clarkson, however, will be releasing a new album at the end of 2008 with the help of the lead singer from OneRepublic. I'm thinking that Kelly might ease up on the rock but she will still keep her music edgey. I recommend buying this album. All of the songs get an 8/10 or higher, in my personal opinion. Definitely a must-buy album.


Born: April 24, 1982 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The winner of Fox TV's first American Idol competition during the summer of 2002, Kelly Clarkson went from an anonymous talent to a nationally known singer in a matter of months, performing for an audience of millions. One of the show's most naturally gifted singers, the affable Texan then went on to enjoy a successful pop career, with only Carrie Underwood rivaling her as American Idol's most commercial export. Clarkson was born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas, and her vocal talents...
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