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  • Summary: The seventh studio release for the pop singer features a guest appearance from John Legend.
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Heartbeat Song
This is my heartbeat song and I'm gonna play it Been so long I forgot how to turn it Up up up up, all night long Up up all night long You, where the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    Only the didactic, Jessie J-esque I Had a Dream mars an album loaded with laser-guided, heartfelt pop.
  2. Mar 2, 2015
    70
    When Clarkson forges a real emotional connection--like on the raw, personal title track, another standout vocal showcase--the album transcends the hammier, more hackneyed moments in between.
  3. Mar 3, 2015
    70
    Clarkson can, of course, sell all of this and sounds great doing it. But the cumulative effect of all that bigness can be wearing by album’s end.
  4. Feb 27, 2015
    60
    Clarkson has been mining this territory since before Swift even landed her first record deal, and songs that should ostensibly inspire nostalgia (like the pointedly titled aerobics workout "Nostalgic") instead feel like they just rolled off a conveyor belt.
  5. Mar 2, 2015
    60
    These cuts ["Let Your Tears Fall," "Good Goes the Bye," and "Nostalgic"], along with the title track, manage to strike the right balance of Kelly's indomitable character and fresh electronic beats but overall Piece by Piece sounds a shade too desperate, which means it winds up having the opposite effect than intended: instead of sounding like a new start, Clarkson sounds a little bit behind the times.
  6. 60
    Every song aims for the monumental, a strategy that’s competitive for radio play but wearying over the course of a whole album.
  7. Piece By Piece piles on the gloss and glop. It’s a fat sounding recording that fights with, rather than enhances, Clarkson’s to-the-rafters vocals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Mar 3, 2015
    10
    One of the pop albums released this year. Kelly worked very hard on this record and she deserves a high scores for it. Highlights: whole albumOne of the pop albums released this year. Kelly worked very hard on this record and she deserves a high scores for it. Highlights: whole album sans Heartbeat Song. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. When I heard 'Heartbeat Song', I was disappointed, but the whole album is kinda amazing! Her vocals are soooooo good! Run Run Run is amazing too, John's vocals sounds so great with Kelly's. Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2015
    9
    The best adjective to describe this album is FRESH. You can hear in it all the powerful and shining Clarkson's vocal expression, enriched byThe best adjective to describe this album is FRESH. You can hear in it all the powerful and shining Clarkson's vocal expression, enriched by every personal touch given by several great artists (John Legend, Sia, Matthew Coma etc...) and by a fantastic orchestral atmosphere. While the opening single may sound sometimes a bit insistent with its “up-up-up-up all night long”, most of the album shows an incredible, essential sincerity. The only question that springs from me is whether the presence of so many different artists might have spread the primary expression of the artist, but the whole album still retains a distinctive spirit of who bears his name.

    'Invincible' and 'Let Your Tears Fall' are my favorites, even if there aren't really better or worse song in the album.

    Multiply the quality of 'PRISM' replacing Katy Perry's voice with a real one.
    Here you are 'Piece By Piece'.
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  4. Mar 13, 2015
    7
    First detail of all: How didn't Kelly Clarkson know about the track "Run, Run, Run"? To make matters worse, she also invites someone else.First detail of all: How didn't Kelly Clarkson know about the track "Run, Run, Run"? To make matters worse, she also invites someone else. DISAPPOINTING! We already know her work and her artistic limits. **** We need to accept her deficiencies instead she try to overcome them. The other songs are reasonable, decent and acceptable. The album sounds cool, but the short participation of the singer in the compositions saddens me. How about back to "My December"? Congratulations for your beautiful daughter, Mrs. Clarkson. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2015
    6
    This is a stale CD that comes across as so junior high. The only really memorable song is "Run Run Run." Honestly, I think a better name forThis is a stale CD that comes across as so junior high. The only really memorable song is "Run Run Run." Honestly, I think a better name for this album would have been "Weaker." ;) Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2017
    6
    Piece By Piece ends up being a below average pop album. Most of the songs were just plastered onto the album with no catchy beats orPiece By Piece ends up being a below average pop album. Most of the songs were just plastered onto the album with no catchy beats or meaningful lyrics whatsoever, and the only thing keeping me from giving this album an even worse review was the song Piece By Piece. That song was a 10/10 masterpiece. You can just feel the moments conveyed by the song. But sadly the rest of the album is meh. Not as good as it could have been. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2015
    0
    I really did'nt like this... You know, Kelly is amazing, but... What the f*ck, honey? Where is your potential? Where is your creative mind andI really did'nt like this... You know, Kelly is amazing, but... What the f*ck, honey? Where is your potential? Where is your creative mind and power? C'mon... Expand

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