My December - Kelly Clarkson
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  • Summary: The singer's third disc was produced by David Kahne and features an unlikely contribution on bass from Mike Watt (The Minutemen).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Kelly Clarkson's darker, more personal, riskier third CD.
  2. 80
    Clarkson has never sounded this depressive or spiteful. [Jul 2007, p.112]
  3. "My December" ends up, curiously enough, a pretty freaking fun summer album.
  4. Moving further away from sugar-coated post-Idol fare, Clarkson steps up with more rockers and a few ballads that, while not all destined to be radio hits, are all convincing and emotionally bare.
  5. The tunes come up seriously short on choruses and heavy on the Alanis Morissette references.
  6. She writes in bland generalities... and uses her opulent voice as a battering ram.
  7. The songs just are just way inferior this time around. My December’s fourteen tracks (including the hidden "Chivas") sound like rough sketches fleshed out with Breakaway’s light rock arrangements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 172
  1. Jun 22, 2013
    10
    This is (along with Breakaway) one of the best Kelly albums! Is 2013 now, and still is a master piece. Very personal, dark (even though "BR album" is as dark as this one), rocker and souful. MAYBE is by far a master piece, Irvine, Sober, Haunted, Yeah, Fading are so perfect. I think for the most of people, they have to be in "the mood" for get into it and see its greatness. This album is the reason that I ended for having respect for Kelly as an artist and not just as another poppy singer out there. Many people were influenced by media and got blinded for appreciate all the beauty about this jewel. And if you add the Clive Davis complot, that's why this album "didn't got well" (fyi this album sold over 1Million in US... So, I don't get the hate) and stopped its potencial to be a huge success as it deserved... Orgullosa de ser fan de una artista y verdadera cantante como Kelly So proud to be her fan! Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    If I could give this album an eleven, I would, so will just have to make 10 louder... My December still remains my all-time favourite album from any artist, there's a lot of hoopla about the album not containing any stand out singles but I have to disagree, Can I Have A Kiss is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, Don't Waste Your Time rings true to every friendship known to humanity, One Minute is a hot track that alone exceeds anything on Breakaway, Irvine is heartbreaking, Be Still is mellow and laid back and just darn cool, Never Again is a major step up from Behind These Hazel Eyes, and Sober is just, sublime. But overall, the stand out is Maybe. WOW, what a song. I left out a few tracks which does not devalue their worth to the album, as the record from start to finish flows brilliantly and tells the story of a girl who's lost and maybe a little bit lonely. One of the very few music recommendations I would make. 11/10 Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    5
    Perhaps over acclaimed at the time of its release, My December has aged poorly. With tracks sounding more unpolished than ever before, Clarkson's usually superb vocals are squandered in a debris of noise. The track listing is heavily flawed, with poor progression and little attempt at sounding like an album by one of pop's most famous artists of the mid-2000's. Following in the footsteps, or rather shadow, of Breakaway, My December struggles to categorize itself as more than Clarkson's "dark period", with divinely written Be Still, Maybe, Can I Have A Kiss, Sober, and Irvine, all being ensnared by crude production and poor lyricism in Judas, Haunted, One Minute, and the shrill delivery of Don't Waste Your Time. Perhaps best remembered as the album where a pop star dared to defy her management, it works best at proving that pop stars don't always don't best. Expand

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