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Kelly Clarkson: ‘Piece By Piece’ Review + Album Giveaway!

Resident belty matriarch and OG American Idol Kelly Clarkson, with new baby in tow, just reminded all the bitches who she is with her new album Piece by Piece. Although I found the album to be lacking in immediate hits (I still hold Kelly to Breakaway standards), no part of me was disappointed to hear our girl kill it in with this deeply personal album. The songs range in genre from catchy bubblegum pop to intuitive love ballads. Kelly‘s voice, quite like a souped up John Deere on crack, has an industrial power to it unlike many of her peers – she can literally sing anything. That power combined with intimate song lyrics featured on tracks like “Run, Run, Run” and “War Paint,” see the badassery of Kelly Clarkson shine through like light through a prism (Sorry Katy).

From start to finish, Piece by Piece is a cohesive and enjoyable listen. There are a few songs that stand out to me as unadulterated and complete touchdowns, but all in all, the album glows with the brightness of a thousand suns. Lead single “Heartbeat Song,” is a catchy pop song true to our time, with its infectious beat and earworm of a chorus. Swedish matron of glory herself Sia pens the next song off the album and rumored second single, titled “Invincible.” This is possibly the most traditional Kelly Clarkson song on the album, as it showcases both her insane vocal technique and range. If this song isn’t a summer hit, I’m going to jump off a bridge. Piece By Piece maintains speed throughout, with powerhouse songs like “Someone” and the dub-stepy “Take You High” rounding off the opening section.

Piece by Piece then takes a step back and slows down towards the middle. “Run, Run, Run” featuring H.R.H. John Legend, though indeed a Tokio Hotel cover, is an absolute masterpiece. Legend and Clarkson sound beautiful together – the lush string orchestrations playing under the main melody perpetuate this song to the next level, and by that I mean I 100% cried during my first listen. Rounding of the album are a few more grade A cuts, but unfortunately Piece by Piece begins to lose a little bit of steam towards its closing. Songs like “Let Your Tears Fall,” “War Paint” and “Dance With Me” stay on par with previous songs such as “Invincible,” but the ending left me with a craving for at least two more songs that I really really loved. This album may not go down as her very best, but Piece by Piece is undeniably a delicious testament to how good our girl Kellegend is. She’s been in the game for quite some time now, but she has yet to disappointment and we are on album seven y’all. You go, Kelly. I can’t wait for convertible season! Enter to win a digital copy of Piece By Piece from Kelly Clarkson below!

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  • Rob

    I’ve been a fan of Kellys since she won american idol. I’ve always wanted to go see her on tour, maybe I’ll get the chance to this time around but I’m still unsure if I’ll have the funds to do so. I agree with you that Breakaway has been her best album so far and she still has not been able to top it, although piece by piece is a close second! I would love to win the album as I enjoyed listening to it and I’m a huge fan.

    Robert Salas RSalas20@gmail.com

  • Corey Groves

    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 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 all over the world who really enjoys listening to her music, and I’m also one of them who was born and raised over here 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 has debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and it has now sold 153,000 copies over here in the United States of America. I’m surprised that it wasn’t certified as Platinum, just like all of her previous albums were because she has a beautiful singing voice that can sing all kinds of genres. I do hope and pray that it won’t flop because in my personal opinion, I think that it is one of the best Pop albums of 2015. 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 and as a songwriter because not only that she sings and writes about her personal life experiences, also because she doesn’t show her nude body in any of her music videos. She is also very creative when it comes to her own music because she takes it into a different level by adding a perfect mixture of Country, Dance, Pop, R & B, Rock, and Soul to it and not a lot of music artists can really do that when it comes to their own music. 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 and she doesn’t do drugs. I wish that I was married to Kelly instead because in my personal opinion, I also think that she looks a lot more prettier than my wife does and I regret marrying her. 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 so down to earth when it comes to meeting all of her fans in person, she is a perfect role model to all of her fans out there, and she doesn’t let fame go to her head. She deserves to have all of the love and all of the happiness that life has to offer and I will always be her number 1 fan no matter what. End of story.

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