Kelly Clarkson, 'Stronger' (RCA)

7
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.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Parkay Quarts — Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth " 06:27
  • 2 Digitalism — Second Chance " 04:53
  • 3 Kiesza — Bad Thing Feat. Joey Bada$$ " 03:32
  • 4 Bob Dylan — 900 Miles from My Home " 02:14

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA