- Summary: The soul-influenced eighth full-length studio release for the pop artist is her first on the Atlantic label and features production from Greg Kurstin, The Monarch, Maureen "Mozella" McDonald, Jesse Shatkin, and Mick Schultz.
- Record Label: Atlantic
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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|Love So Soft|
|Hey Every kiss is a door Can I knock on yours? Can we knock a little more? If your touch is a key Keep on twisting, keep on locking, keep on turning...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Oct 26, 2017As cohesive and self-assured as this collection feels, Meaning doesn’t seem especially interested in scaling the heights of early smashes like “Since U Been Gone” or “Because of You.” Instead, it swings low and sweet--a refreshingly real dispatch from an artist expressing exactly what she feels in this moment, and nothing less.
Oct 26, 2017There’s lots of filler, too, such as Go High--based around a Michelle Obama speech--and the body-positive pop of Whole Lotta Woman, which sticks a little too closely to the Meghan Trainor mould. Despite this, the strong, 90s diva-ish mood suits Clarkson’s belting vocal style, as she ushers in a more soulful phase with class.
Nov 8, 2017There are light nods to the times—single “Love So Soft” lightly updates Thankful’s Christina Aguilera-penned “Miss Independent” and Breakaway’s “Walk Away” with a half-time chorus, and tracks like “Didn’t I” and “Heat” recalls Adele’s collaborations with Max Martin. But the rest is stubbornly old-fashioned: sloughing off the flakiness of the millennial male while extolling the virtues of taking it slow and pushing for commitment.
Oct 27, 2017Kelly Clarkson's voice sounds better than ever. This is an album full of life and power. No doubt Kelly and Atlantic records have given us oneKelly Clarkson's voice sounds better than ever. This is an album full of life and power. No doubt Kelly and Atlantic records have given us one of the records of the year. Ready for Gammy's 2018?… Expand
Oct 31, 2017****Mikael Wood*****, from the LA TIMES, scored MOL 50. The same Mikael Wood who officially reviewed Taylor Swifts 1989 with a score of 50.****Mikael Wood*****, from the LA TIMES, scored MOL 50. The same Mikael Wood who officially reviewed Taylor Swifts 1989 with a score of 50. Mikael Wood is a disgrace to his profession. Mikael Woods reviews are pompous declarations of his personal animus and/or bias for or against an artist irrespective of their music. This misconduct has played out throughout his career with artist after artist. This review is not an anomaly. It is the standard misfire with malfeasance that has defined his career. Management of the LA TIMES: It's time to ask why is Mikael Wood still employed as a Pop Music critic when he clearly can't recognize the quality of pop music - and worse yet misleads consumers more often than not? It's time for Mikael Wood to be called out for his shoddy work and his forum removed by force.… Expand
Oct 30, 2017The album is GREAT!! Her voice and this new style gives life to a new era to Kelly that had finally found her true meaning of life. She grewThe album is GREAT!! Her voice and this new style gives life to a new era to Kelly that had finally found her true meaning of life. She grew so much since Thankful (her first album), vocally, but personally too.… Expand
Feb 10, 2018This is Kelly's most cohesive album and her voice has never sounded better. While she may have appreciated a considerable amount of success inThis is Kelly's most cohesive album and her voice has never sounded better. While she may have appreciated a considerable amount of success in the pop rock genre she never seemed entirely comfortable with it. Soulful music is her sweet spot and we've known this since we first met her singing Etta James and Aretha Franklin on Idol.
Any comment about her appropriating black music is nonsense, I say this as a black woman, she's always mentioned and praised the black artists who influenced her going back to her Idol days and has been quite vocal and had the blessing of those who she's named as influences for this album. She sung for the Obamas numerous times and was even asked by Michelle Obama to jump on her "This Is For My Girls" track so any comments about her love for Michelle Obama being fake or false are coming from someone grossly uninformed. BTW, the song dedicated to Michelle Obama is 'Go High', a slight departure from the rest of the album but a great way to finish on a high note. Kelly received a note from Michelle Obama about loving the song.
While the album may be a tad overproduced, it never takes away from the pure emotion that Kelly pours into each song. She has always been able to evoke emotion better than anyone else and does it expertly on this album, particularly on songs like I Don't Think About You and Meaning of Life.
More confident than she has ever been, the album makes it abundantly clear that Kelly is a bit tired of being humble and wants to take her place as one of the greatest vocalists of our generation. She succeeded. There is nobody more versatile, no voice more powerful and no person more able to evoke emotion than Kelly and it is what makes this album so stunning. It is without a doubt her best work.… Expand
Nov 16, 2017Did you know that “Meaning of Life” - Kelly’s just released eighth studio album - is the very first album she releases without American IdolDid you know that “Meaning of Life” - Kelly’s just released eighth studio album - is the very first album she releases without American Idol backing it up? Yes, that’s right. After her win (2002), the original American Idol was stuck under a contract with the network for FIFTEEN years! Fifteen! No wonder she completely revamped her sound as soon as she got the chance. “Meaning Of Life” has left generic Kelly behind and brought a completely new “Whole Lotta Woman” filled with soul, attitude and groove. Pop wasn’t forgotten though. As Clarkson pointed out, “it still is Pop” but it has more to it and a few full Pop songs are still present in case of an emergency, take for example my personal favorite production (and track overall), “Go High”, the extremely catchy “Medicine” (a big contender for a future single along with the groovy “Heat”) or - my other personal favorite - “Would You Call That Love”. Those are exceptions though. “Love So Soft” - the album’s first single - was all we needed to know change was coming. The perfect balance between Pop and Soul in the track is unbelievable and Clarkson’s vocals, especially during the bridge, are out of this world.
Before the album dropped, Kelly released a few more songs. Among them is one of the album’s most beautiful songs, “Move You”, where Clarkson sings about wanting to move someone and compares it to beautiful images such as like a “montage in a movie” or like “an echo in a canyon”. Without a doubt one of the album’s best lyrics, and if you thought Kelly was all about ballads (“Because Of You”, “Piece By Piece”, “Already Gone”), there is solely one more in the record, the piano-driven track “I Don’t Think About You”. The remaining part of the album is indeed dedicated to this new sound Kelly explored in the record. In “Whole Lotta Woman”, Kelly proves she can get as many “Respect” as Aretha even though that type of music isn’t exactly my cup of tea - “Cruel” and “Slow Dance” take the crown when it comes to the best soul tracks of the record.
With all this being said, I think it’s pretty obvious to confirm that I have fallen in love with “Meaning Of Life” and can easily say it is one of Clarkson’s best projects.… Expand
Oct 27, 2017goddamn. I knew she'd outdo Stronger and Piece by Piece, but not this drastically. Kelly delivers ridiculously strong bops as alwaysgoddamn. I knew she'd outdo Stronger and Piece by Piece, but not this drastically. Kelly delivers ridiculously strong bops as always (Medicine, Love So Soft, Heat), her unparalleled intuitive balladry (Move You, I Don't Think About You), a sensual jam (Slow Dance) and even a track reminiscent of Breakaway (Would You Call That Love sounds a lot like a soulful, mature You Found Me). only track that could be considered filler is Whole Lotta Woman, mainly cause of its lyrics (Kelly's vocals never dip, never even approach a lower territory). just such a splendid pop/r&b album. Medicine and Would You Call That Love are absolutely some of the best pop songs of this year, something I doubted I would say about any other song post-Melodrama. Kelly delivers, and more. don't sleep on Meaning of Life.… Expand
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