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A Creditable Offering
on 9 March 2009
Can it really be almost 7 years since Ms Clarkson's
success on American Idol ?
That she is still with us is perhaps evidence to support
the view that she may well be in it for the long haul.
'All I Ever Wanted', her fourth studio album, is a credible
and creditable affair. Highs and lows, to be sure but more
than enough to engage our attention from start to finish.
Ms Clarkson has a fine voice. It possesses focus, power and a
considerable capacity for dynamic and emotional expression.
We are in rockchick territory here and our heroine easily
keeps pace with Ms Perry ( two of her castoffs can, in fact,
be found here in 'I Do Not Hook Up, and 'Long Shot' ); Ms Pink;
Ms Lavigne; Ms Cyrus ( almost too close for comfort on
'If I Can't Have You', whose defining riff bears more than a
little resemblance to Ms Cyrus' recent release 'Fly On The Wall')
and even - don't laugh - Ms Sarkisian ( Cher to we mere mortals )
in certain moments.
Credits for co-authorship would appear to confirm a not insignificant
ability to write, as well as sing. In fact 'Already Gone' ( despite
a couple of badly clanging rhymes ) is a very fine song indeed.
'My Life Would Suck Without You', 'Don't Let Me Stop You',
'Impossible' and the cutesy 'I Want You' all rock out with
good grace and considerable energy.
'Whyyawannabringmedown', however, is an absolute stinker !
The album's highpoint, however, can be found in her rendition
of Ms Noble's power ballad 'If No One Will Listen'.
There are a few rough edges in the voice which make it
somehow more believable.
Maturity of vision combined with vulnerability make this
a world class performance. An unaffected gem in fact.
More than enough then to make the investment worthwhile.
"Good Job !" ( As our American friends would doubtless say).