Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger" - Oct. 24 Oct 17, 2010 15:28:10 GMT -5
Post by Peaches. [Ch, r. is] on Oct 17, 2010 15:28:10 GMT -5
Kelly Clarkson - The Stronger Era
Kelly Clarkson - The Stronger Era
Part One - Part Two[/center]
First Single: Mr. Know It All
Track ListingStandard Edition:
1. Mr. Know It All (Ester Dean, Brett James, Dante Jones, Brian Kennedy)
2. What Doesn't Kill You (Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Ali Tamposi)
3. Dark Side
5. You Love Me (Kelly Clarkson, Josh Abraham, Oliver Goldstein)
6. Einstein (James Fauntleroy, Toby Gad, Bridget Kelly)
7. Standing In Front Of You
8. I Forgive You (Lauren Christy, Rodney Jerkins, Andre Lindal)
10. The War Is Over (Livvi Franc, Toby Gad)
11. Let Me Down
12. You Can't Win
13. Breaking Your Own Heart (Kathleen Hanson, Michael Longenecker)
14. Don't You Wanna Stay [with Jason Aldean] (Andy Gibson, Paul Jenkins, Jason Sellers)
16. Don't Be A Girl About It (Kelly Clarkson, Brent Kutzle)
17. The Sun Will Rise (Kyle Jacobs, Danelle Leverett)
Bonus EP - The Smoakstack Sessions:
1. Hello (Smoakstack Session)
2. The War Is Over (Smoakstack Session)
3. You Love Me (Smoakstack Session)
4. The Sun Will Rise (Smoakstack Session)
5. If I Can't Have You (Smoakstack Session)
6. I Can't Make You Love Me (Smoakstack Session), *Bonnie Raitt cover
Darkchild: "I Forgive You"
Brian Kennedy: "Mr. Know It All"
Toby Gad: "Einstein", "The War Is Over"
Josh Abraham: "You Love Me"
Michael Knox: "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Excerpts from Kelly's RCA biography regarding the album:
In a story about “Mr. Know It All” — the first single off Kelly Clarkson’s new album Stronger — Entertainment Weekly calls the multi-platinum singer and songwriter “the samurai of shooting guys down.” Indeed Clarkson has earned herself millions of devoted fans thanks to her feisty, straight-talking lyrics. Clarkson’s hits such as “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Walk Away,” “Never Again,” and now “Mr. Know It All,” are bold empowerment anthems, which she sells to the fullest with her soulful, powerhouse voice and down-to-earth relatability.
The vibrant, musically diverse Stronger (which Clarkson says was influenced by Tina Turner, Prince, Sheryl Crow, and Radiohead) will thrill those who love Clarkson for her resilience. The album is filled with candid, emotionally raw tunes like “The War Is Over,” “Darkside,” and “Honestly,” as well as “You Love Me” (in which Clarkson witheringly tells an ex “you’re not good enough”), “Einstein” (the cad in question is dismissed with “Here’s your keys, your bags, your clothes, and now get out of my place”), and the title track, which finds Clarkson putting a fresh spin on Nietzsche’s adage that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and declaring “it doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone.” That fact that these gutsy sentiments are wrapped in fizzy pop melodies, bright choruses, and driving dancefloor-friendly beats (crafted by such A-list producers as Rodney Jerkins, Greg Kurstin, Josh Abraham, and Toby Gad) only makes them that much more appealing.
“The whole album is very much about strength and empowerment, so ‘Stronger’ felt like the perfect title,” Clarkson says. “Plus that song is just a gold mine — it's a little bit pop, a little bit pop-rock, a little bit urban, a little bit dance, and it ties everything in. And everybody loves that message. ‘What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.’ It's a perfect representation of my life.”
Clarkson co-wrote five tracks on Stronger, a process she feels is therapeutic. Her favorite song on the album is “You Love Me,” which she says she wrote following an incident that she thought would break her. “It was probably the most hurt I’ve ever been in my life,” she admits. “But by writing about it, I got to work through it and get it out of my system.” The remainder of the songs were written by a host of A-list songsmiths, including Rodney Jerkins, Ester Dean, Bonnie McKee, and Toby Gad, whom Clarkson says really took the time to get to know her style. She also credits her producers, Jerkins, Kurstin, Abraham, and Gad among them, for what she says is the biggest difference between Stronger and her previous albums.
“What separates this album are the vocals,” she says. “They sound richer and fuller, and, for the first time, how I sound when I’m performing live. The producers I worked with just let me sing and be me. They didn't strip away the personality. And it was one of those things where if the people I’m working with have confidence in me, I have more confidence in myself and that changed everything. I can’t wait to perform these songs on tour. I think that’s the best way to get to know an artist, and where you get to see actual personality, because we can't hide much onstage.”
Rejected Written/Recorded Songs:
3 Words (Kelly Clarkson, Jerry McPherson, Miles McPherson)
Another Greeting Card For The Masses (Kelly Clarkson, Mike Caren, Oliver Goldstein)
Break The Silence (Kelly Clarkson, Ric Robbins)
Breathing (Kelly Clarkson, Nick Huntington, Michael McGroarty)
Habits and Heroes (Kelly Clarkson, Jeff King, Miles McPherson)
Holding Out For You (Kelly Clarkson, Tom Meredith, Shep Solomon)
I Wish I Could Be Lonely (Kelly Clarkson, Dwight Baker, Jason Halbert)
One More Yesterday [featuring Chris Daughtry] (Chris Daughtry, Richard Marx, Jason Wade)
Red Hands (Kelly Clarkson, Jason Halbert, Miles McPherson)
Tell Me A Lie (Kelly Clarkson, Tom Meredith, Shep Solomon)
Why Don't You Try (Eric Hutchinson)
You Don't Know What Lonely's Like (Kelly Clarkson, Ric Robbins)
You Still Won't Know What It's Like (Kelly Clarkson, Jason Halbert)
You're The Only One For Me (Kelly Clarkson, Josh Abraham, Oliver Goldstein, Bonnie McKee)
Songwriting credits have been gathered from ASCAP, BMI, SongFile, the online US Copyright Database, and some through Kelly's Twitter. An underlined title denotes that the song has leaked in final or demo form or has been performed live by Kelly. Only demos that have leaked this year have been included as recorded songs, a list of last year's demos can be found in previous threads.