“Stronger” is Kelly Clarkson’s Best Album Yet

Leah Canonico

If you’re a Kelly Clarkson fan, her fifth studio album “Stronger” will soar pass your expectations. If you’re not already a Kelly Clarkson fan, take a listen to any one of the tracks on this album, and you will be.

To many, Kelly Clarkson is known for her powerhouse vocals that made her the first American Idol winner.  Some of her most popular songs are “Since U Been Gone” and “My Life Would Suck Without You”. Her music is all about empowerment, especially in relationships. She derives from her own relationships to deliver passionate and true lyrics that many people can connect to.

The quality of her voice has never changed. However, some fans were dissappointed with the themes of her last two albums. “My December” her third album, was “very angry and dark” according to Senior and music junkie, Emily Mclean. “And her fourth album was too poppy and very synthetic. I like this album because she goes back to her roots. It’s just like her second album, but even better”. It’s true – the album features traditional electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and piano. She doesn’t take advantage of autotuning features that makes her music sound fake.

Want to listen to a song or two, but not the whole album? Listen to “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”. I’d reccomend this song to anyone who has been heartbroken.  The lyrics are empowering, and reassure the listener that just because you’re alone, it doesn’t mean you’re lonely. Also have a listen to “Don’t Be a Girl About It” if you’re fed up with the immature guys in your life! (which, let’s face it girls, it’s bound to happen). Or, if you’re looking for a ballad, listen to “Honestly”. Although the entire album is great, these songs epitomize the entire message Clarkson conveys.

Personally, ever since I saw Kelly Clarkson on American Idol, she was my idol. It’s always disappointing when an artist’s latter albums aren’t up to the same standard that their first album was. For a while there, I thought Kelly Clarkson had fallen into the dark “one-hit-wonder” abyss that every artist dreads. This album shows that she’s back, and she’s better than ever.

“What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” : http://www.youtube.com/user/kellyclarkson?blend=1&ob=4#p/c/410C2C85453FAC94/5/vEZDP_NVklc