Kelly Clarkson has had her ups and downs both personally and professionally since winning the first season of "American Idol." On her last album "My December, " Clarkson went against the advice of legendary producer Clive Davis and chose to do a more personal and less commercially successful album.
Normally that would be a sign of a career that is on it's way to an end, but Clarkson endured. She delved into the world of country music and had a successful duet with Reba McEntire on a new version of her hit "Because of You."
A few months ago Clarkson returned with a new single called "My Life Would Suck Without You." It was "classic Kelly" in both sound and style. The song, co-written and produced by Swedish tune smith Max Martin (the hook genius behind hits by Britney, Pink and Katy Perry), caught on like wild fire at radio stations and shot to number one on the Billboard chart.
The subsequent album is called "All I Ever Wanted" (RCA.) It starts with the catchy "My Life Would Suck Without You." That is followed by "I Do Not Hook Up, " an equally catchy tune that fits in with what fans have come to expect from the 26 year old Burleston, Texas native.
"Don't Let Me Stop You, " "Impossible" and "Whyyawnanbringmedown" are all decent tracks that make this one of Clarkson's most complete albums of her career.
The one draw back is that Clarkson vocalizes the same attitude regardless of subject matter of the song. Happy, sad, remembering a lost lover, telling a former lover to kiss off, it's all the same basic tone. Clarkson could stand to expand her sound some, but overall what Miss Indepedent does is come up with an album that satisifies her fan base and offers enough substance to make it a worthwhile purchase and make one even say that life would suck without Kelly Clarkson.