CD: Kelly Clarkson: Thankful

(RCA)

You bet she's thankful. After being turned down by every American record label for sounding "too black", this (white) former waitress won the American version of Pop Idol - which somehow doesn't carry the career-nobbling stigma it does here - and has sold nearly 2m albums.

While you might be loth to trust the judgment of the 7 million Americans who voted for her, she is really good, and not just by the subterranean standard of British reality TV.

Whatever you think of Thankful's mix of R&B and trashy slow ballads - and some of it, such as Diane Warren's Some Kind of Miracle, reeks - you can't deny that Clarkson is potential pop royalty. Like her fellow Texan Beyoncé Knowles, she has a background in the church, and it shows in the phrasing of the torchy The Trouble with Love Is. She dishes out funky contempt on Miss Independent, and is fierce on the co-written soul party piece You Thought Wrong.

The short road to obscurity may beckon Gareth and Will, but Clarkson won't be joining them just yet.

Contributor

Caroline Sullivan

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
CD: Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway

(SonyBMG)

Caroline Sullivan

07, Jul, 2005 @11:32 PM

Kelly Clarkson, Apollo, Manchester

Apollo, Manchester

Dave Simpson

21, Feb, 2006 @8:48 AM

Article image
CD: Kelly Clarkson, My December

(RCA)

Caroline Sullivan

21, Jun, 2007 @11:05 PM

Kelly Clarkson - Never Again

This week Anna Pickard watches and picks apart... Never Again by Kelly Clarkson

Anna Pickard

22, May, 2007 @11:00 PM

Article image
Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped in Red – review
Kelly Clarkson combines festive wistfulness with unapologetic joy on her first Christmas album, writes Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

28, Nov, 2013 @9:00 PM

Pop review: Kelly Clarkson: All I Ever Wanted

The original American Idol, Clarkson has thankfully shed the serious artist persona, writes Hugh Montgomery

Hugh Montgomery

08, Mar, 2009 @12:09 AM

Article image
Kelly Clarkson: 'I just did it to pay the bills'

Pop princess, queen of grunge, just a regular girl, or all three? Kelly Clarkson tells Alex Macpherson why breaking out of American Idol's mould has been a hard-won fight

Alex Macpherson

20, Oct, 2011 @8:30 PM

Article image
Kelly Clarkson: Meaning of Life review – a classier soul diva emerges

Hannah J Davies

26, Oct, 2017 @9:15 PM

Article image
Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson song similarity denied by writer

Songwriter Ryan Tedder claims that Beyoncé's Halo and Kelly Clarkson's Already Gone are 'entirely different' and that he did not dupe them into recording the same song

Sean Michaels

30, Jul, 2009 @9:16 AM

Article image
Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora and pop's new obsession with death

With a generation of fans raised on Twilight, we shouldn't be too surprised that the charts are full of death disco

Christian Koch

16, Nov, 2012 @1:00 PM