All I Ever Wanted [Deluxe Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
In 2007, Kelly Clarkson rebelled against her label and her mentor, Clive Davis, by co-writing most of the somber My December. Although the record went platinum, it paled in comparison to her multiplatinum breakthrough, 2004’s Breakaway. So what’s a bar-setting American Idol champ to do? One listen to “My Life Would Suck without You,” the catchy “Since You Been Gone”-reminiscent single from her third disc, All I Ever Wanted, and it’s clear that the answer is to return to the girl-power pop anthems that made Clarkson a star in the first place. Standouts include the heart-tugger “Cry” and the angry kiss-off “Don’t Let Me Stop You” -- either of which could easily be ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
In 2007, Kelly Clarkson rebelled against her label and her mentor, Clive Davis, by co-writing most of the somber My December. Although the record went platinum, it paled in comparison to her multiplatinum breakthrough, 2004’s Breakaway. So what’s a bar-setting American Idol champ to do? One listen to “My Life Would Suck without You,” the catchy “Since You Been Gone”-reminiscent single from her third disc, All I Ever Wanted, and it’s clear that the answer is to return to the girl-power pop anthems that made Clarkson a star in the first place. Standouts include the heart-tugger “Cry” and the angry kiss-off “Don’t Let Me Stop You” -- either of which could easily be adopted as the theme song for ABC’s The Bachelor series. Clarkson, like her feisty pop peer Pink, knows how to touch the angst-ridden and lovelorn teenage girl in all women, and even macho men were powerless against the infectious “Since You’ve Been Gone.” That’s the audience for the Katy Perry-penned “I Do Not Hook Up,” and the Joan Jett-lite “Whyyawannabringmedown.” On the second half of All I Ever Wanted, however, Clarkson experiments with mixed results on several tracks, including the winning, contemporary R&B-tinged “Impossible” and “I Want You,” an uninspired nod to the retro sound popularized by Duffy and Amy Winehouse. That minor misstep aside, the pop princess still delivers what her fans want and then some.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Thankfully, All I Ever Wanted is not Kelly Clarkson's atonement for insisting on releasing the dark, gothic rock record My December against the wishes of label boss Clive Davis in 2007 -- well, at least not entirely. All I Ever Wanted doesn't completely abandon the tougher rock edges of My December, but it does ditch the brooding in favor of angry spunk, all the better to prove that the girl who sang "Since U Been Gone" is back. And she is -- quite self-consciously on "My Life Would Suck Without You," the first track and first single on All I Ever Wanted, a song designed by Max Martin to be an explicit sequel to his "Since U Been Gone." It's effective, if a bit clinical, running contrary to Clarkson's greatest gift: her genuineness. My December might not have quite worked, but its messiness seemed an authentic reflection of a girl next door sorting through the aftermath of turning into an unexpected star and much of All I Ever Wanted is the opposite, attempting to run the most likeable pop star of the new millennium through the mill. Fortunately, it's possible to dampen Clarkson's spirit -- nobody could survive four Ryan Tedder collaborations without being brought down into his simpering murk -- but not to break it. She can break through Martin's machinations on "My Life" and comes pretty close to breathing some life into Tedder's cold R&B approximations, but those chilly sheets of synths don't suit her. Kelly is at her best when she's belting out a big chorus backed by loud guitars, or even singing a piece of pure pop like "I Want You," as effervescent a tune as she's ever sung. About half of All I Ever Wanted is as good as this and some of it even touches on Clarkson's hard rock infatuation and improves it, particularly on the bubblegum punk "Whyyawannabringmedown" -- complete with Kelly affecting a hysterical Johnny Rotten snarl -- the arena rocker "Don't Let Me Stop You," and "All I Ever Wanted," which turns the disco bass of Spoon's "I Turn My Camera On" upside down. Tellingly, Kelly takes two Katy Perry-written numbers -- "I Do Not Hook Up," co-written by new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, and "Long Shot," co-written by Glen Ballard -- and goes a long way in illustrating why she's a better pop star. Kelly sounds impassioned and invested in these numbers, selling every one of the skyscraper hooks, but better still she sounds relatable, pulling listeners into a song instead of keeping them at a distance. This is a rare talent and while it's not perfect, largely due to those dreary Tedder tunes, much of All I Ever Wanted does justice to Clarkson's considerable skills. [A deluxe edition of the CD with bonus tracks was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886974659723
  • Catalog Number: 746597
  • Sales rank: 102,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Life Would Suck Without You (3:32)
  2. 2 I Do Not Hook Up (3:20)
  3. 3 Cry (3:34)
  4. 4 Don't Let Me Stop You (3:20)
  5. 5 All I Ever Wanted (3:59)
  6. 6 Already Gone (4:41)
  7. 7 If I Can't Have You (3:39)
  8. 8 Save You (4:03)
  9. 9 Whyyouwannabringmedown (2:42)
  10. 10 Long Shot (3:36)
  11. 11 Impossible (3:23)
  12. 12 Ready (3:05)
  13. 13 I Want You (3:31)
  14. 14 If No One Will Listen (4:04)
  15. 15 Tip of My Tongue (4:18)
  16. 16 The Day We Fell Apart (4:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Life Would Suck Without You
  2. 2 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Clarkson Primary Artist, Vocals
Howard Benson Keyboards
Louis Biancaniello Bass, Keyboards
Kim Bullard Keyboards
Paul Bushnell Bass
Josh Freese Drums
John Jarvis Piano
Alain Johannes Guitar
Paul Leim Drums
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Brian Ray Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Phil X. Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin Strings
Max Martin Synthesizer, Guitar
Eddie Fisher Drums
Ryan Tedder Piano, Strings, Electric Guitar
Dameon Aranda Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Michael Biancaniello Guitar
Aaron Sterling Drums
Owen Biddle Bass, Guitar
Ravaughn Brown Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Glen Ballard Composer
Derek Bason Engineer
Howard Benson Programming, Producer
Louis Biancaniello Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Kim Bullard Programming
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Greg Wells Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Jason Halbert Composer
Sam Watters Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Dana Marshall Video Producer
Max Martin Composer, Producer
Emily Dickinson Author
Wayne Isham Video Director
Joe Zook Engineer
Andre Harris Composer, Producer
Glenn Sweitzer Camera Operator
Emily Wright Engineer, Vocal Editing
Vidal Davis Composer, Producer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Composer
Joakim Åhlund Composer
Craig Durrance Engineer
Kelly Clarkson Composer, Producer
Josef Larossi Composer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki Engineer
Marc VanGool Guitar Techician
Ryan Tedder Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Composer
Keri Noble Composer
Aben Eubanks Composer
Dameon Aranda Composer
Rob Swanson Video Director
Greg Ogan Producer
Dave Rieley Engineer
Claude Kelly Composer, Vocal Producer
Katy Perry Composer
Matt Thiessen Composer
Aimee Proal Composer
Harry Zelnick Composer
Alexander Chiger Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Get this CD

    Overall this CD is pretty eclectic and there is something in it for everyone. Her vocals are amazing as always and all the songs are catchy. Don't think twice before getting this CD because you won't regrett it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Buy This Please!

    This CD is really good. All of the songs are great, and you should never listen to anything the critics say. If you buy this CD, you also have to buy My December with it. That CD is amazing and you'll love it to!!!!!!
    But anyway, some of the best songs on this CD are My Life Would Suck Without You, If I Can't Have You, Save You, Long Shot, and Ready. Already Gone is a little bit boring, but it's still a good song. Overall, this is a very solid Kelly Clarkson CD and it's worth more than they're selling it for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Awesome Album

    So far... the tracklisting has been released...most of the songs have been prerecorded by other artists...And they sound wonderful! And I know for sure that Kelly will do an Awesome job of making these songs her own!<BR/>I CAN NOT WAIT! XDDDDD

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