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Single Review: Kelly Clarkson, “Behind These Hazel Eyes”

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Album: Breakaway
Label: RCA
Release Date: 24 November 2005

Kelly Clarkson hides her pain after breaking up with her boyfriend in the above average pop-rock of “Behind These Hazel Eyes.”

Clarkson starts by singing “oh oh oh” over the restless percussion, setting a doubting tone. The music gets quiet to focus on Clarkson’s singing. In the first verse, she’s thinking of the good times they shared as a couple. He made her special and brought out the best in her. She believed the nothing could harm the relationship. “Seems like just yesterday/You were a part of me/I used to stand so tall/I used to be so strong/Your arms around me tight/Everything it felt so right/Unbreakable like nothing could go wrong.”

A few months later after the breakup she can’t focus and is constantly edgy, unable to sleep at night anymore. She’s falling apart. “Now I can’t breathe/No I can’t sleep/I’m barely hanging on.”

The guitars pick up as she wails that she doesn’t know what to do anymore. She has reached the point where she knows something is not right with her, nor is she ashamed to show her suffering anymore. She was planning to get married to him someday, have kids and grow old with him. However, he is not to see the troubled person she is now. She won’t give him the satisfication. “Here I am/Once again/I’m torn into pieces/Can’t deny it/Can’t pretend/Just thought you were the one/Broken up deep inside/But you won’t get to see the tears I cry/Behind these hazel eyes.”

He knew her secrets and she willingly exposed her weaknesses to him. He made her feel safe. Now, she only fakes the person she used to be with him. To others, she acts as though the breakup doesn’t matter to her. However, she’s actually miserable despite her strong facade. “I told you everything/Opened up and let you in/You made me feel alright for once in my life/Now all that’s left of me/Is what I pretend to be/So together but so broken up inside.”

In the bridge, she says he treated her carelessly and dumped her without a second thought. She thinks it’s her fault the relationship is over and tries to stop herself from resenting him. But she saw him recently and wept openly. “Swallow me then spit me out/For hating you, I blame myself/Just seeing you it kills me now/No I don’t cry/On the outside anymore.”

The chorus ends the single.

“Behind These Hazel Eyes” is superior to “Since U Been Gone.” It’s punchier, well-written and gives Clarkson a chance to show off her vocal skills without the trendy haughtiness.

“Behind These Hazel Eyes” should’ve been released instead of “Since U Been Gone.” However, two rocking break-up songs released right in a row is overkill. Clarkson can sell ballads really well. Now would’ve been the opportunity to release the pretty “Where Is Your Heart.”

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  • http://breathoffreshink.blogspot.com Chris Evans

    Well seeing as how “Because of You”, a ballad, and by far the best song on the CD was just released to radio and will be officially released on the 16th, she’s got that “pretty” thing all worked out. And apparently the public doesn’t seem to think it’s overkill…the song is dominating top 40 radio.

  • Ron

    yeah, subg and bthe were in the top3 at the same time on pop radio, tieing mariah (i think) and alanis as the only 3 females of all-time to have 2 songs in the top5 at the same time.

    subg will easily be pop’s #1 song for 2005, and bthe is at #6 for 2005 and rising fast….bthe has a good chance to be #2 for 2005…..incredible.

    it is not overkill, but is over-hunger for kelly music on 3 formats of radio (“breakaway” will be #1 for 2005 on Adult Contemporary, and HotAC looks to have all 3 album2 kelly songs in the top10 for 2005).

  • Rene

    I don’t think it’s overkill either. Kelly is young. Breakups, young angst, etc. are what younger people who listen to pop relate to. I think that’s one of the reasons Kelly’s album is doing so well. I must also say that I also admire, at least from a lyric perspective, that Kelly is singing music that is somewhat intelligent. Unlike Hollaback Girl, Don’t Cha, and on and on.

  • jay

    Behind These Hazel Eyes is not only a superior song – vocally – for Clarkson, it was also co-written by her. Her newest single, Because Of You, is a powerful ballad (one of her best to date) that she also co-wrote. As successful album sales and unstoppable radio hits for every single she releases indicate, this girl has undeniable talent and staying power.

  • rene

    This is totally off the subject so I apologize. Does anyone out there know what happened to this website: http://www.kellyclarkson.ca/

    It was the most comprehensive Kelly Clarkson website I knew about and it’s just gone. Does anyone know of another fantastic website for Kelly??

  • laura

    does n e one know who the guy in the behind these hazel eyes video, he is soooooo hot!!!!!

  • Jackson

    Rene,

    Another AWESOME Kelly site is here. It is run by a Kelly fan, and has a great format, as well as lots of visitors.

  • http://www.myspace.com/littlegirlweeping Abi

    who is that guy.
    he his so ******* hot.
    my kinda guy.

  • http://www.myspace.com/12495763 Seana

    hey, yeh erm can somebody PLEASE tell me who the guy in the video is? he si so unbelievably HOT!! dya even understand?!?! lol yeh please telle me
    i need to know
    now
    please
    xXx

  • Sarah

    the guy in the video is called nick dass, and he is not that hot! he was in the behind the scenes special shot for much music on set.
    and the song was wrote about kellys ex, david hodges, formerly of evanenscene. (sp??)
    xSx

  • Sarah

    BTW! this is an immense song and video and really love the fact that kelly wrote the idea for the video and i hear she wrote the idea for her new video because of you, which i cannot wait to see, because this is my favourite track on the album! aswell as addicted!
    kelly clarkson; ROCK ON!
    xSx

  • Mica

    can some1 plz tell me, wot the hell behind hazel eyes video is bout, i jus do not get it lol??!!!??

  • marina

    u rock i love seen u been gone and behind these hazel eyes u rock

  • kelly

    i think that kelly truly deserved to win american idol.the vocals on songs such as behind these hazel eyes and because of you are overwhelming.she is better than the has-beens such as mariah carey.good that she released because of you.

  • Camila

    Portuguese > Eu não sei o que estou fazendo aqui. Sou do Brasil e AMO a Kelly Clarkson, sinto pois suas musicas não são divulgadas aqui =( . Espero que algum dia ela venha ao Brasil! beijos.

    English > I do not know what I am making here. I am of Brazil and I LOVE the Kelly Clarkson, I feel therefore its musicas are not divulged here = (. I wait that some day it comes to Brazil! kisses.

    Ps.: I do not know to say English

  • Camila

    Portuguese > Aqui é a Camila novamente. Esqueci de falar que minhas músicas preferidas são: “Behind these hazel eyes”, “Since U been gone”, “Because of you”, “Breakaway”, “Low” ,”Miss Independet” ouço todos os dias essas músicas!
    Comprei o cd “Breakaway” mas o “Thankful” está dificil de achar aqui no Brasil.

    English > Here it is the Camila again. I forgot to speak that my preferred musics are: “Behind these hazel eyes”, “Since U been gone”, “Because of you”, “Breakaway”, “Low” ,”Miss Independet” I hear these musics every day!
    I bought the compact disc “Breakaway” but the “Thankful” is dificil to find here in Brazil.

  • Jackosn

    Kelly’s songs are also doing well in Australia. In Lowie’s top 30 a month ago, Behind These Hazel Eyes kept coming up in the top 3 placings. People admire her, peopl like her song. Let’s see how she goes with “Because of You”

  • Greg

    Behind These Hazel Eyes” was written by Clarkson with Max Martin and Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. She wrote ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes’ about her last boyfriend.

  • kenneth

    kelly clarkson is so awsome she is amazing i love her so much because her messages reach out to everyone not just females but males too i really relate to her and thank her for making the songs “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Because Of You” i really relate to them both because ive been hurt before and i also come from a broken home and no other pop/rock singer has touched on it like kelly

  • Megan Trajkovski

    i luv your songs kelly! you’re the best female artist i know! i especialy love the song Miss Independent. i really like your songs because they reach out to people, not just females but also males too. bye

  • meg

    Kelly is mazin i luv her 2 bitz!
    x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
    i dnt care wa ova ppl say:P
    i did a project on this song 4 skool:P
    cya :P
    meg:P
    x x x x x xx

  • meg mystaaa

    I’m listenin 2 BTHE now. I can seem 2 stop listening 2 it, it’s gr8!
    Miss inderpendent is mazin aswell!
    I wish i could do what you have done because i love singing
    You are my Idol!!! :D

  • lucy

    I think kelly clarksons new video is fiiit. and that guy is SO f-ing HOT!!!!!! omg. i want a pic of him but cant find one anywhere, grrr. luv it. luv her x

  • nataliie

    kelly is one cool singer and i like rock music.what is this about benji madden he’s a jerk off.

  • Cal

    LOVE IT

  • shorty

    kelly clarkson rules. i luv all her songs she rocks , behind these hazel eyes

  • Sam

    Why does Behind blue eyes remind me of other Avril Lavine tracks??

    I keep waiting for avril to pop up ?

    Wicked song though!!!

  • Mykel

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! THAT GUY IN DA VIDEO SHOULD BE MINE!!!!!!!!

  • http://RiodeJaneiro Fernanda

    Hey guys I’m from Brazil and i just want to tell u thal Kelly rocks !
    She is wonderfull, here in brazil, she has so many fans that would do everything for see a her’s concert, but anyway, it’s not possible yet, but someday we hope it will !
    Kissssssssssssss

  • bile,macedonia

    kelly clarkson is the person i admire most!i specially love her song “behind these hazel eyes”!

  • Lais Lamana

    Eu adoro as m�sicas da Kelly Clarkson, al�m do seu estilo. Sou do Brasil e � uma pena que as pessoas deste pa�s n�o sabem reconhecer um verdadeira cantora. Parab�ns Kelly!
    Lais

  • Isabella Bretz

    well…. I love kelly clarkson!!!!
    i have all her songs and videos, and i’m lookinf forward to the day she comes to brazil, or maybe i can see her in another place….. but i still need to know how to get there!HAHAHAH
    Kelly has an unbelieveble voice and i really love all her songs… it seems they were made for me!
    luv u kc!

  • Alice Keymer

    Yet another rubbish pop tunes from the writer and producer of Britney Spears early songs! Need I say more?