First-season winner of American Idol Kelly Clarkson returns with her controversial new album, My December.
You can laugh now if you wish, it is that funny.
If you've been reading the paper or googling through search engine results for Clarkson, you may have come across some reported friction between her and her boss at RCA Records, Clive Davis. It wasn't anything completely worth worrying about. Davis hated that the album didn't have any of the poppy hits like "Since You've Been Gone" while Clarkson, who mostly penned this album, wanted to get away from the genre for something more edgy.
Not being a complete fan of Kelly Clarkson, I would take Davis at this word. Two albums in, My December is far darker than her previous albums. That's a bit early in the game to start getting angsty.
On top of that, the songs really aren't that good.
I like a good depressing song as much as anyone else, but I don't think an entire album of them would be good for my ears. And, if you are going to make depressing songs, take some style from Amos Lee's "Colors." It's happy in the melody, sad in the lyrics.
If Clarkson can't figure out how to do that, she should simply listen to Clive and go back to her old pop image to keep those dollars coming in. Either that or hope that Oprah Winfrey is looking to do a white version of The Color Purple on Broadway. Kelly is a puppet of her American Idol image, and she will continue to make headlines and posters if she stays there.
Leaving the pop music safety net after two albums means she's obviously got money in the bank. Right?Powered by Sidelines