Behold! The cover of Kelly Clarkson’s new single, slated for release on January 19, 2009.
Note the return to blonde highlights and bright colors and sense of fun and sexy. It appears that Kelly has decided to return to her pop/rock image a la Since You Been Gone, and my reaction is all kinds of THANK GOD!
Don’t misunderstand me. I really liked her previous effort, My December, even though many considered it a failure. That album got caught up in some serious PR drama that prevented it from getting the recognition it deserved. Yeah, it was dark and serious and a tad self-indulgent, but there was also some skillful song-writing and amazing singing. And I just can’t knock someone like Kelly, who won her career on a TV show, for wanting to add a little bit of credibility to her portfolio, even if her sales suffer.
But let’s not kid ourselves, Breakaway was AWESOME, and My December didn’t even come close.
It isn’t exactly safe to assume that her new album, All I Ever Wanted, will be closer to Breakaway than My December, but the cover certainly implies a return to form…
To be honest, I was almost CERTAIN that her next album would be country. I mean, you don’t spend two years with Reba McIntyre without developing a twang. But all the insider gossip alludes to a fun, light, rockety-poppety release and I’m ecstatic. The album drops on March 17 [marks calendar with giant permanent marker].