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  • Summary: The American Idol winner releases her fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. All I Ever Wanted is a masterful rapprochement with the mainstream, full of cheerfully ear-snagging tunes, inventive production, exhilarating vocals and enough inherent Kelly-ness to put aside fears that her label bosses implanted blond electrodes in her brain to make her behave.
  2. 80
    On her third album, Clarkson finds a Third Way: She makes nice with the pop machine and takes back the mall while keeping her integrity and personality intact.
  3. No matter the stage of the romance, it's always DEFCON 1 in Clarkson-ville. And on All I Ever Wanted, out Tuesday, that melodrama translates into a delightfully incongruous good time.
  4. I had to make several return trips to the lyric sheet to clear up which songs were love letters and which were screw-yous. But this sort of tone-deaf emotional bludgeoning tends to work in her favor on monstrous power ballads.
  5. Taken in isolation and out of the context of the album as a whole--say, on the radio--nearly all of these songs work well enough, despite the production choices that don't always play to Clarkson's strengths and which draw too much attention to themselves.
  6. Though All I Ever Wanted is not a classic pop album by any means, it’s most assuredly a fun one--flaws and all.
  7. As a product that needs to sell it fits the bill perfectly - there are at least five potential top ten singles here--but as an album, the whole thing feels precision tooled, vacuum-packed and strangely lifeless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Dec 21, 2012
    10
    All I Ever Wanted is probably THE standout of Kelly Clarkson's carreer. With her stupendous and rustic voice alongside the awesome lyrics andAll I Ever Wanted is probably THE standout of Kelly Clarkson's carreer. With her stupendous and rustic voice alongside the awesome lyrics and amazing production, this albums has left its mark in the history of pop music. The songs describe heartache, love, breakups, but what really makes this album great are the songs My Life Would Suck Without You, If I Can't Have You, All I Ever Wanted and Already Gone. these four songs are the main highlights of this album and if you are a true Kelly fan, you MUST buys this. Expand
  2. JeroenV.
    Mar 19, 2009
    10
    Kelly Clarkson is giving it her all on her album All I Ever Wanted. She doubles the catchyness with songs like My Life and I Do Not Hook Up. Kelly Clarkson is giving it her all on her album All I Ever Wanted. She doubles the catchyness with songs like My Life and I Do Not Hook Up. Seems to be her best album yet, or at least the catchiest. Expand
  3. DimitiriP
    Mar 10, 2009
    10
    Kelly takes risks, and they pay off. She sounds great on so many different types of sounds. A definite crowd pleasure.
  4. JandraS
    Mar 20, 2009
    10
    This album is Kelly Clarkson's perfect comeback after the slightly disappointing album, My December. Each song brings you back wanting This album is Kelly Clarkson's perfect comeback after the slightly disappointing album, My December. Each song brings you back wanting more. The first single, My Life Would Suck Without You, proves to be a smash hit - perfect for singing in the car. I Do Not Hook Up, co-written by Katy Perry, is a wonderful addition to the album and an anthem for all girls. Finally, Clarkson displays vocal talent and ability unseen with many female artists of our time - ranging from slow love ballads, to a pumped up Pop-Punk song that reminds you of garage band days. All together it's a fantastic buy!!! Expand
  5. DanielR
    Mar 18, 2009
    9
    There are four songs on here i absolutely love and maybe two or three i could care a little bit less for. Overall that leaves me loving 4/14, There are four songs on here i absolutely love and maybe two or three i could care a little bit less for. Overall that leaves me loving 4/14, disliking 3/14, and therefore being warm to the rest (as in i won't change the song when it comes up). Let me tell you now: "Don't Let Me Stop You" and "Already Gone" are going to be hits. "Long Shot" is one of those songs you don't pay much attention too until it's on the radio, then you know all the lyrics. These are the best songs on the album primarily "Already Gone." I'm very satisfied with my purchase and w00t for you KC! Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2010
    9
    A brilliant pop-rock album. Kelly is back again with "All I Ever Wanted." A brilliant vocal range, her lovely soprano voice, and someA brilliant pop-rock album. Kelly is back again with "All I Ever Wanted." A brilliant vocal range, her lovely soprano voice, and some typically decent pop songs make this album, in my opinion, her best to date. Included are her original pop songs (such as "My Life Would Suck Without You", the U.K number 1) some easy listening ("I Want You", being a kind of 8-bit background music with some lovely, calm-ish vocals to make up a nice pop track) some punk rock (appropriately titled "Whyyawannabringmedown. One of my favourites, as Kelly's voice clearly fits well with this genre. also, the song is just great) and some slower, more Kelly-style break up tracks like "All I Ever Wanted" and "Don't Let Me Stop You"). This album offers a wide range of pop and pop-rock to satisfy any mainstream rock lover. The idol singer still has her amazingly huge voice, and she is definitely the most talented woman in pop today. Katy Perry who?? Being a long time Kelly fan, I can honestly say it is hard to fault her latest works. 9/10. Expand
  7. Aug 7, 2013
    2
    This was so disappointing to me. Kelly Clarkson is way better than this. She should go back to music like Walk Away and Behind These HazelThis was so disappointing to me. Kelly Clarkson is way better than this. She should go back to music like Walk Away and Behind These Hazel Eyes. Horrible. Expand

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