Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
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  • Summary: The first American Idol winner returns with her fifth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 83
    Clarkson's older-better-tougher-smarter album.
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    80
    Certainly, part of the variety is down to the multitude of producers and writers on Stronger, but the album's success is entirely due to Kelly Clarkson, whose personality and professionalism turns it into her best album since her Breakaway breakthrough in 2004.
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    70
    Essentially everything here involves Ms. Clarkson's clobbering her subject while getting clobbered with guitars.
  4. Oct 25, 2011
    60
    Clarkson remains a slightly wearying one-note artist--she's a wounded lover, bellowing her pain and scorching the earth. But wow--that voice.
  5. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    On her fifth album she mercifully avoids the monotonous dance-pop trend in favour of a timeless pop-rock sound that occasionally flirts with the dance floor.
  6. Oct 25, 2011
    60
    As on her past albums, not all the songs on Stronger are worthy of what Clarkson brings to them vocally.
  7. 20
    Despite the references to Nietzsche and Einstein, which suggest a cachet Stronger doesn't deserve, this is simply an overlong string of standard putdown R&B and bogus emotional turmoil, the songs blitzed with generic power-ballad overkill.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Nov 5, 2011
    10
    wasn't expecting nothing more than a boring album but when i listened the whole album (including the bonus tracks) i'm really shocked for the perfection of the album, one of the best efforts this year...so far...!!! i'm still thinking that Ms. Clarkson deserve more recognition!! this is a perfect pop album, vocally she is in her best moment...seriously a great production and amazing vocally!!! her best album since Breakaway!!! Expand
  2. Feb 15, 2012
    10
    Kelly solidifies her place as the power anthem queen with her 5th studio Album. She really shows off her powerhouse voice on tracks like "Honestly" and "War Is Over". It's very radio friendly without falling into the dance pop trend but the rock elements from her first 3 albums are less apparent here. This may well be her last album with RCA and it's clear she hasn't poured as much of herself into it than "My December" it will possibly be the last "POP" album she does. Expand
  3. May 20, 2014
    10
    Kelly Clarkson's Stronger leds to a album to help children who suffering from bullying. Great Job Kelly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2011
    9
    Kelly Clarkson is back and with a very entertaining album. When songs start to stick in my head and I hum and sing along, I think it is a very good album. Strong lyrics, and well written, Kelly, with her very strong voice, produces hit after hit, with her witty "in your face" lyrics, like Einstein and You Can't Win. My favorite track is Honestly, deep and strong lyrics, with her awesome voice, it is going to be a big hit! Awesome album, one of my favorites! Expand
  5. Nov 5, 2011
    9
    By far my favorite album from Kelly Clarkson. I completely disagree with that tin eared elitist, Pop music hater from The Independent, Andy Gill. From his description of the music contained on the album it's quite obvious that he didn't even listen to it. It's full of Pop/rock with a SLIGHT dash of R&B on 2 POP songs, not what he described as " an overlong string of standard putdown R&B and bogus emotional turmoil, the songs blitzed with generic power-ballad overkill."
    It is NOT an R&B album AT ALL and there are no power-ballads on the album. He's an ass that brought this score down and should never be allowed to rate or review any other Pop albums ever again.
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  6. May 26, 2012
    6
    This album really showcased her great voice. But some of the tracks are bland and boring. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Mr. Know It All" are the highlights of the album. A solid album of hers, overall, but its not her best......... Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2011
    1
    What a boring collection of bland, generic, and sleepy pop music. There's no diversity whatsoever and the entire album sounds like one long, dragging song. Everything sounds the same. Only song that is probably tolerable is "Mr. Know It All," which also is kind of bland and typical Kelly Clarkson. Overall very disappointed. Seems like she'll never top "Breakaway" Expand

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