Kelly Clarkson, 'Stronger' (RCA)

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Stronger
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Label: RCA

by Mikael Wood

Nearly a decade after she became the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson's principal artistic asset -- beyond that fire hose of a voice, of course -- remains her believability. Who else at this level could refer credibly to herself and an ex as "just a couple of kids trying to figure out how to live," as she does on "I Forgive You"? Stronger isn't Clarkson's long-promised Nashville album; it mostly sticks to the bright-and-shiny bubble-grunge sound of "Since U Been Gone." But she delivers tunes like "Einstein" and the disco-glam title track with a country singer's earthy conviction. She's not Katy Perry, not yet Carrie Underwood. But look out.

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