All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. This is a rare talent and while it's not perfect, largely due to those dreary Tedder tunes, much of All I Ever Wanted does justice to Clarkson's considerable skills.
  2. Clarkson's always had the best throaty yell in the business. But now she's becoming a masterful interpreter too.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All I Ever Wanted, which though always singable swings wildly from bruised to bubblegum, sounds like a team of hired hands writing hits to order. Still, the increased chorus count is welcome and will put a smile back on Clive Davis's face.
  6. She just tries it all, co-writing six of All I Ever Wanted's 14 tracks-- and stumbles only rarely
  7. The good songs are great, but the empty bluster on some of the others overshadows the spunky personality that made Clarkson a draw in the first place.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. While not perfect, her fourth is full of upbeat (and pretty damn good) guitar-driven pop like 'I Do Not Hook Up' and the title track, as well as a few requisite (and equally decent) ballads that make use of her impressive range.
  11. Though All I Ever Wanted is not a classic pop album by any means, it’s most assuredly a fun one--flaws and all.
  12. Clarkson's sense of grievance, inflated to gargantuan size by her huge voice, can be wearying over 14 songs, particularly when the music sags.
  13. 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.
  14. Now she’s working with pro songwriters full-time again, and the result is a likeable but ultimately hackneyed album that presents her as the über-everygirl.
  15. 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.
  16. The most immediate parts of All I Ever Wanted read a bit like Kelly Clarkson karaoke: back are the Swedish writers and producers and their laser-guided arrangements, with dynamics that are particularly well suited to her voice, broad, nimble and gale-force strong.
  17. 60
    With no real stand out single, All I Ever Wanted will be a hit with Clarkson die-hards, but is unlikely to influence any Top 40 outsiders.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2010
    10
    I really like this album!!!ongs like "My Life Would Suck WIthout YOu" and "I DO Not Hook Up" make the album a star!...Kelly's best album byI really like this album!!!ongs like "My Life Would Suck WIthout YOu" and "I DO Not Hook Up" make the album a star!...Kelly's best album by far...THe pictures in the album are fun and splashy with color also which definitely helps the album Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »