CD reviews: Kelly Clarkson

New label, new sound is the overriding theme of Kelly Clarkson’s 8th album, her first for Atlantic and billed as the one she’s always wanted to make.

So out goes the pop-rock hybrid; in its place sits a broad, old-school soul inflection that initially manifests itself as Meghan Trainor pastiche on the ungainly Love So Soft.

But it’s when modern touches — distorted vocals, looped hooks, pitched melodies — intertwine with the old that things get interesting.

Heat is pure unadulterated joy, Medicine is ’90s-era Mariah Carey-effortless, while Go High closes the album on a surprisingly experimental note.

The big, syrupy ballads, meanwhile, accentuate Clarkson’s undeniably powerful voice, creating a comfort zone that feels genuine. 

• Kelly Clarkson. Meaning of Life. Atlantic.
• ★★★★ (out of five)

— Michael Cragg/TCA

Add a Comment

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Local journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Otago Daily Times reporters and photographers continue to bring you the stories that matter. For more than 158 years our journalists have provided readers with local news you can trust. This is more important now than ever.

As advertising drops off during the pandemic, support from our readers is crucial. You can help us continue to bring you news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter