Posted on: June 5th, 2018 11:24 am
Clarkson’s enthusiasm is instantly apparent, even infectious, as she races to talk about each of the new songs. “A lot of it has a soulful, ’70s rock vibe,” she says, “and then some is more club/dance stuff—’If I Can’t Have You’ is like the Killers-meets-the Eurythmics.” But she also shows her softer, more emotional side with “If No One Will Listen” and her own composition, “Cry,” which she says is “basically a country song with pop production, incredibly sad but still strong.”
Clarkson points to the album’s first single, the unforgettably titled “My Life Would Suck Without You” (produced by pop wizards Dr. Luke and Max Martin and written by the two with Claude Kelly) as an example of her need to personalize and connect with all of her material.
Clarkson penned about half of the album, but it’s hard to pin down her work as representing any single style. “My writing is all over the place,” she says. “I do love writing sad, depressing songs—that’s definitely fun for me. But I’m very much a writer of whatever I’m going through, what I see in my life. And I’m 26, so I change every day!” Mostly, she’s excited to get back on the road and take the songs of All I Ever Wanted onto the stage. “Even when I’m recording, I’m always thinking about how I’m going to do a song live, what I’ll be able to bring to it. I make records for touring—it’s my favorite part of what I do.”
Through the highs and lows, the triumphs and controversies, Kelly Clarkson has retained, even strengthened, her love for all styles of music. With All I Ever Wanted, she’s able to fully reveal how far that love extends. “This time, I wanted to show the extremes of what I can do,” she says. “That’s what keeps me interested, and keeps the audience interested.
“I never want to make just one sound,” says Kelly Clarkson. “The worst thing to me is when all the songs on an album sound the same. If you have that choice, why wouldn’t you want to bring out all the different sides and colors of your personality?”
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