Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Record of the Month

I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!

Ok, so this kind of officially makes me gay. That and sex with men. Yes, I own a Kelly Clarkson album: All I Ever Wanted.

I kind of downloaded it for Denton, but I'd be a liar if I said I didn't enjoy about half of the disk.

As a vocalist, I think Clarkson does a more than admirable job - she's got a strong voice and can keep it in tune. Not always so much with the material, which is why I enjoy about half the disk.

The unfortunate thing is, and it is probably the record company more than her, half of the material could be done by anyone - and practically has been (could that crappy "I Do Not Hook Up" not sound like everything it's writer, that crappy Katy Perry has done?).

That all being said, I'll focus on the half disk I do like. As with much of the music I've been listening to lately, it goes to, 'can I spin to it?' mode. For this - the answer is 'yes'.

For all its cheesiness, I eventually got around to liking "My Life Would Suck Without You". There I said it. But I also enjoy "If I Can't Have You" (featured in my shower dancing video), the title track and really, "The Day We Fell Apart".

I don't mind "Already Gone", and for as frickin' slow as it is, Andy, my spin instructor, honest to g-d, plays a dance mix of it during class. A dance mix! And I speculate on his sexuality. What am I thinking?

Songs like "Save You" and "Tip of my Tongue" are ok. The latter one sound like it could have been done by Pink - and please, don't even ask me how I know that. I couldn't give you a good reason. And the opening measures to "Ready" could be a law suit for the Beach Boys as it is almost note by note from "g-d Only Knows".

I'll give her this - "Whyyawannabringmedown" is a non-formulaic song. Not a small feat for someone who has made their success on American Idol, which is all formula.

Is it a great album? No. Is it a decent album? Sure. If nothing else, some of it can be good to do cardio to.

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