All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson
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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. 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.
  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. 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. 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.
  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: 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 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. RobD
    Mar 15, 2009
    10
    Not as good as My December, but the most infectious pop CD i've ever listened to. At 121 listense ranked on my iTunes, its safe to say I'm addicted. Expand
  3. MichaelNs
    Mar 10, 2009
    10
    This is probably the best album of this decade. It has so much variety in just 12 songs. It has slow ballads, uptempo, dance songs, hard rock songs, soft pop songs, and every song is filled with great writing, and incredible singing. It will definitely do well in sales, and I'm glad to see how well it's doing in reviews. Expand
  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 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. VictorH
    Apr 18, 2009
    9
    Kelly knows she can sing and please the radio simultaneously. Though it's an amazing album and with chances of hitting great achievements as her sophomore "Breakaway" did, "All I ever wanted" don't go as further as Breakaway tried to. The songs are excellent but are practically all in the same box. It's a pop album with good pop (some rock-oriented tunes) hits. Expand
  6. ChristopherP
    Mar 16, 2009
    8
    "All I Ever Wanted" is a return to form for Kelly Clarkson. It's a fun, catchy, and energetic record. This is the album she should have recorded after "Breakaway", instead of the mediocre "My December". But all is forgiven, and Kelly sounds terrific. There is a lot of potential hits on here. 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 Hazel Eyes. Horrible. Collapse

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