Breakaway from your isolation and be Thankful for this blessed day: Kelly Clarkson is back… in five different languages!
Can you believe it’s already been three years since 2017’s Meaning of Life? Yes, Mrs. Kelly Clarkson-Blackstock is bringing us all together during this uncertain time with the release of her long-awaited lead single from her as-of-yet untitled ninth studio album.
“I Dare You” sees Kelly returning from the exploration of her soulful roots back into her signature Top 40 radio sound with a shimmering synth-glossed pop-rock stadium jam all about resilience, written alongside Natalie Hemby (the Highwomen, Kacey Musgraves), Laura Veltz (Dan + Shay, Maren Morris) and Ben West (Pink, Lady Antebellum) with production by longtime collaborator Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Jennifer Lopez).
“This is my favorite/hardest project that I’ve ever worked on,” Kelly said in a statement. “It has always been a dream of mine, as I grew up singing in different languages, to find that perfect song, with the perfect message, to connect us all globally and then record that song with several other artists around the world in their native languages.” Kelly‘s recorded the song in five different languages with a variety of international stars. There’s a French version with Zaz, an Arabic rendition with Faouzia, a German interpretation courtesy of Glasperlenspiel, a Spanish version featuring Blas Cantó and even a Hebrew rendition alongside Maya Buskila.
It’s classic Kelly Clarkson with it’s punchy verses, infectious melodies and soaring build up to the song’s big hook, which was made for a full on, lighters/phones in the air chant: “I dare you to love/ Oh, I dare you to love…,” Kelly sings. “Even if you’re hurt and you can only see the worst/ Even if you think it’s not enough/ Oh, I dare you to love.”
Kelly on why the project wasn’t postponed due to COVID-19. “We decided to continue with our release date of this project because we feel like we all couldn’t be more connected right now across the world, and maybe this message will bring a little hope in this sometimes dark, and isolating time.”
Aside from it’s obvious universal message, “I Dare You” does the job required of a lead single by an established pop star: It’s a solid, catchy reintroduction to the pop world and a pretty spot-on representation of Kelly‘s signature sound, given a little fresh gloss for 2020.