ALBUM REVIEW: Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece

Kelly Clarkson is back happier than ever and offering you some positive and reflective pop songs on her average sixth studio album “Piece By Piece”. As a whole the album isn’t as strong as previous records and offers two types of mid tempo pop tracks; boring and impressive. Opening the album with the synthtastic lead single “Heartbeat Song” was one of the smartest moves because it’s easy to skip or endure through. It’s just a plain boring and unoriginal song that didn’t deserve to be a single compared to some of the strong material on this album. Her second single “Invincible” offers one of her strongest vocal productions in her career showcasing an incredible falsetto register that I never expected from her. “Take You High” sees her slightly experimenting with EDM influences and that excites me. I never saw it coming and when that beat dropped in the hook I was pleasantly surprised however the verses lacked substance and got lost in the strong production of the hook. Acting as a sequel to “Because Of You” the title track “Piece By Piece compares her husband and the love they have for their daughter to the estranged relationship she has with her father. “Piece by piece he restored my faith, that a man can be kind and a father could…stay”. “Run Run Run” is a beautiful ballad that features Grammy and Oscar winning John Legend. Their two vocals blend so incredibly well and create incredible harmonies that will easily make this one of the standout tracks on this album. The way the song builds is perfect. One of my favourite tracks on the album is the cheesy yet inspiring anthem “I Had A Dream”. With its unique beat and cool vocal techniques you can’t help but love it. “If you want to lead, be a leader. If you want to dream, be a dreamer. Climb to the top of the mountain and scream it, but remember when you get to the top everything you say is gonna matter”. But that’s when we reach the forgettable and boring mid tempo pop ballads. “Let Your Tears Fall”, “Someone” and “Warpaint” are average at best and didn’t excite me as a listener or a reviewer in any shape or form. “Dance With Me” is a cute jam that is a bit repetitive but works well as its catchy and fun. It could be potential single material, it’s not the strongest track on here but radio would probably fall in love with it. “Tightrope” was an instant favourite with its raw sound, beautiful vocals and sweet lyrics. “Cause I’ve looked and I ain’t seen nothing like you, the way you light up every room tonight so easily”. Bringing an influence of 80’s synth pop is the infectious “Nostalgic”. “Even though we lost it I still get Nostalgic. Even if we wanted you can’t turn back the hands of time”. “Good Goes The Bye” is an mid tempo ballad that grows on you with each listen. The hook is smart, effective and captivating. “Slam goes the door, hush goes the phone, out goes the flame and I’m standing here alone”

Kelly Clarkson isn’t angry anymore, she’s happy and looking at life in a more positive and reflective way. These songs reflect that and the lyrics are very relatable and quotable. It’s a mature sound that people will either appreciate or snooze on. As an entirety this isn’t her best work but there are some true gems that need to be discovered and heard for themselves.

2 Replies to “ALBUM REVIEW: Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece”

  1. A mature sound? This album sounds like a debut album from an artist in her teens or early 20s. It’s not bad, but as you basically stated, it’s not that impressive.

  2. I just wanted to say that I love Kelly Clarkson’s music with all my heart and I want to spend the rest of my life listening to it because her music has been the best thing that has ever happened to me ever since she is became the first winner on the first season on the T. V. show, “American Idol” way back in 2002. I would be lost if she ever decides to stop making music because making music is what she lives for. Kelly is one of the most popular and one of the most successful music artists in the music industry and of this generation who has a lot of fans out there who really enjoys listening to her music, and I’m also one of them who was born and raised in the United States of America. I have all of her previous albums and I bought the deluxe edition of her, “Piece By Piece” album at Target when it was released on March 3, 2015. The album debuted at number 1 on Billboard 200 and it has now sold 153,000 copies over here in the United States of America. In my personal opinion, I think that it is one of the best Pop albums of 2015 because it has a mature sound. I like Kelly and John Legend’s version of the song, “Run Run Run” a lot better than Tokio Hotel’s version because they put a lot of emotions into it when they were singing it as a duet. I have a lot of respect for her as a music artist because she takes her music into a different level by adding a perfect mixture of Country, Pop, Dance, R & B, and Rock to it and not a lot of music artists in the music industry and of this generation can really do that when it comes to their own music. She sings and writes about her personal life experiences and she doesn’t show her nude body in any of her music videos. I also have a lot of respect for her as a human being because she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body like my wife, Ashley does. I wish that I was married to Kelly because in my personal opinion, I also think that she looks a lot more prettier than my wife does. If Kelly wasn’t married to Brandon Blackstock and if she didn’t have a child with him, I would divorce my wife in a heartbeat and marry her. Her name would be, Kelly Brianne Clarkson-Groves instead of Kelly Brianne Clarkson-Blackstock. I will always guard and protect her heart from all of those haters out there because she is a perfect role model to all of her fans out there. She deserves to have all of the happiness that life has to offer. End of story.

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