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  • Summary: The first American Idol winner returns with her fifth album.
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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: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  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 thewasn'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. Mar 30, 2012
    10
    WOW! I was NOT expecting this album to be so OUTSTANDING! I really am moved with the songs that are in here and I hope there is going to beWOW! I was NOT expecting this album to be so OUTSTANDING! I really am moved with the songs that are in here and I hope there is going to be more albums out that are going to be AMAZING like this one!!! Expand
  3. Mar 2, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this is a perfect work, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! Kelly Clarkson is amazing, i love she and i love your work too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your voice is perfect... 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 veryKelly 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. Aug 22, 2018
    9
    There is a reason this album won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. It's really, really good. Clarkson is extremely consistent, and this isThere is a reason this album won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. It's really, really good. Clarkson is extremely consistent, and this is among her best work.

    Highlights:

    "(What Doesn't Kill You) Stronger"
    "Let Me Down" (Why wasn't this a single?!)
    "War Is Over"
    "Honestly"
    "You Love Me"
    "I Forgive You"
    "Don't You Wanna Stay?" (Feat Jason Aldean). I personally hate country but this track is beyond beautiful.
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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 ItThis 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. May 20, 2014
    0
    Kelly Clarkson's Stronger leds to a album to help children who suffering from bullying. Great Job KellyKelly Clarkson's Stronger leds to a album to help children who suffering from bullying. Great Job Kelly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand

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