What a fantastic album! Pop music? Check. Pop rock? check. Soul? check. Country? check. Kelly is one of the most talented pop artists of the decade and the biggest American Idol winner ever. "Stronger" is one of her best albums, behind "Breakaway". There are no fillers, just meaningful songs with smart lyrics and impressive vocals. I totally suggest this album! You will not get sick of it.
Perfectly solid pop album yet again from the one time American Idol winner who has shown than she is not just the average reality show winner but in fact the real deal.
I do have to admit that my favourite track here has to be the lead single 'Mr Know it All' (despite sounding a bit similar to a certain recent Bruno Mars track in sections!) which really works well as a retort from Clarkson to her (for some reason many) detractors as well as being a great pop song.
The rest of the album is a bit hit and miss (as her albums sometimes tend to be) but overall there's nothing here that isn't simply nicely produced power pop. There's no attempt to be cutting edge here or reinvent the wheel but sometimes there's nothing wrong with that.
A lot of people overlook Kelly Clarkson with the start of her career being associated with a dubious american talent show but she has come a long way since then!
Her last album was good but Stronger is better! There are lots of tracks that standout on this album with very little just ok songs to pad it out. From the title tack Stronger to Mr Know It All and the anthem What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger, personal favourites are You Can't Win, Dark Side and strangely the collaboration with Jason Aldean, Don't You Want To Stay. I only say strangely as it has the country sound to it which isn't usually my thing but it's catchy and infectious, which is probably why the track has earned itself a 2012 Grammy Nomination.
At last an album that you can sing along to at the top of your lungs! So sick of people having their music choices dictated by what's seen as "cool" or "Trendy" or "edgy" why can't we just enjoy the music?!! Already listened to this one many times and it's only January! BUY IT!