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From the Alanis Morissette-reminiscent lead single, "Never Again" "I hope the ring you gave to her turns her finger green" to the aptly titled "Judas" "After we've been through so much / How could you let me down", betrayal is a recurring theme throughout Kelly Clarkson's edgier third album, My December. Despite the pre-release drama -- Clarkson canceled her tour, fired her manager, and was publicly chastised by music impresario Clive Davis for the record's rock leanings and self-penned material -- My December is a bold and admirable record. Throughout, Clarkson's alternately smoky and soaring pipes are in fine form and full of plenty of Pat Benatar-reminiscent ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
From the Alanis Morissette-reminiscent lead single, "Never Again" "I hope the ring you gave to her turns her finger green" to the aptly titled "Judas" "After we've been through so much / How could you let me down", betrayal is a recurring theme throughout Kelly Clarkson's edgier third album, My December. Despite the pre-release drama -- Clarkson canceled her tour, fired her manager, and was publicly chastised by music impresario Clive Davis for the record's rock leanings and self-penned material -- My December is a bold and admirable record. Throughout, Clarkson's alternately smoky and soaring pipes are in fine form and full of plenty of Pat Benatar-reminiscent angst. Granted, there's nothing here as catchy as Breakaway's cheery kiss-off, "Since U Been Gone," but both the lyrics and musical arrangements are more compelling: "One Minute" is a percolating, dance pop jam; "Hole" is rife with tight, rhythmic guitar riffs; and "Sober" is a haunting, acoustic guitar-assisted ballad. Thanks to her season of discontent, Clarkson blossoms from an American Idol darling to a rock 'n' roll angel.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If any pop album of 2007 seemed like a sure thing, it was Kelly Clarkson's third record, My December. Kelly definitively shook off the stigma of American Idol with her second album, Breakaway, and, in particular, its smash hit "Since U Been Gone," an anthem so irresistible it was inescapable, beloved by teenage girls and hipsters alike it even inspired a pretty good cover from oak-hearted indie hero Ted Leo. Kelly had it all: hits and some burgeoning cred, so it seemed that there was no way to screw up the next album, the one that would cement her as a rock & roll queen. Turns out, that was a large part of the problem: Clarkson wanted to be a rocker, while her benefactor, the legendary record mogul Clive Davis, wanted her to stick as a pop star, setting the stage for a massive battle that spilled over into the tabloids and blogs. Kelly wrote and recorded her album as a rock record -- getting much mileage out of PR shots of her mugging with Minuteman Mike Watt, which also helped strengthen her legitimacy as a rocker even though all the accompanying articles suggested she didn't really know fIREHOSE from Firehouse, but to be fair, how many people do in 2007? -- but when it came time to release it, Davis balked, allegedly claiming there were no hit singles on the record at a label conference then playing a few cuts as proof and then taking several not-so-veiled swipes at her during the 2007 American Idol finale. Clarkson held her ground, insisting that My December come out the way she intended, firing her management team after the fight with Davis afterward, her first headlining arena tour was canceled, only increasing her bad press, but eventually getting the album in the stores in late June 2007. My December proves that both camps were correct: Davis is correct that there are no big crossover hits here, yet it's also true that this is an artistic move that Clarkson needed to make. If left up to Davis, she would simply be another vocalist singing professional product -- the kind of singer AmIdol was designed to find. But Clarkson is young and moderately hip -- at least hip enough to know that she wants to sound fresher, younger than American Idol, so she needed to shake loose the shackles of the pop machine. That, combined with real-life heartbreak her guy left her, a situation she doesn't shy away from on the album's lyrics, gave her the fuel to turn her third album into an statement of purpose. Unfortunately, what she wants to be is Evanescence -- gothic and operatic, filled with roiling emotions but few hooks. She tempers this with a few rock moves learned from Pink, but the end result is that My December is more sound than song, which is nevertheless kind of modern: although this sound is starting to show its age as Hot Topic stores are starting to shutter, it nevertheless is a very contemporary sound and suits those girls who are growing up with Kelly, following her from Idol, through college, into an uneasy adulthood. It's a soundtrack to their lives, and perhaps even more so than before, since this awkward record is the sound of Kelly negotiating adulthood, unafraid of making mistakes. Even if it's not heavy on strong songs, it ironically is the most sonically unified record Kelly has made to date: it follows through on Clarkson's vision of being a modern rocker, cutting away all the stultifying adult contemporary and replacing it with emotional acoustic ballads but relying on surging rockers. It's what Kelly wanted to do, so on that level it's a success and one that listeners who share her viewpoint and quite likely her age will respond to, but for everybody else, My December is a disappointment. To those like Davis, who always viewed her as nothing more than a singer -- expecting Kelly to be a pop version of Carrie Underwood and singing whatever pretty song is put in front of her -- it's a crushing disappointment because it is deliberately not a pop record. Not that it's alienating, per se -- as Kelly said prior to its release, "it's not Metallica", it's doesn't push away the listeners -- but there are no hooks, nothing to suck in the many adults who liked Clarkson's first two records. And that's not limited to the middle-Americans who turned her into the first American Idol, either: there aren't hooks for the hipsters or pop junkies who loved "Since U Been Gone" or even "Breakaway" and "Miss Independent", the kind of listeners who have been craving Kelly Clarkson to be a cool rock chick, since she has the pipes and spunkiness to be everybody's favorite girl-next-door rocker. But that's not what Kelly wants to be -- she wants to be Amy Lee or Pink, turning inward and writing from the heart, chronicling a turbulent time in her life. A few times, she comes up aces -- whether it's the bubbly electronics of "One Minute" that give this album some much needed spark, or the ruminative acoustic "Irvine" -- but these are hard-won, modest triumphs surrounded by over-reaching confessions that play like clich├ęs. And that's the conundrum of Kelly Clarkson -- she's a terrific singer and a very likeable star, but she achieved her fame by just wanting to be a singer, and after she achieved fame, she wanted to be an artist by going against the very music that earned her an audience. She may retain her hardcore fans, but it's unlikely that the mass audience will follow, since she's not making music for the masses here. Nevertheless, as Simon Cowell so sagely argued, by winning Idol and turning into a star in her own right, she's earned the right to follow her gut, no matter where it leads, so she's entitled to a difficult third album like My December. The real question now is where does this road lead her?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2007
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017650660
  • Catalog Number: 24121
  • Sales rank: 213,563

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Again (3:37)
  2. 2 One Minute (3:05)
  3. 3 Hole (3:02)
  4. 4 Sober (4:52)
  5. 5 Don't Waste Your Time (3:36)
  6. 6 Judas (3:37)
  7. 7 Haunted (3:19)
  8. 8 Be Still (3:25)
  9. 9 Maybe (4:23)
  10. 10 How I Feel (3:41)
  11. 11 Yeah (2:43)
  12. 12 Can I Have a Kiss (3:32)
  13. 13 Irvine (8:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Clarkson Primary Artist, Vocals
Jeff Carney Double Bass
Erik Friedlander Cello
Joyce Hammann Violin
Aaron Heick Alto Saxophone
David Kahne Keyboards
Andy Laster Baritone Saxophone
Shawn Pelton Drums
Andrew Sterman Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Watt Bass
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Paul Woodiel Violin
Jason Halbert Keyboards
Antoine Silverman Violin
Sarah Seiver Cello
Roger Shell Cello
Lori Miller Violin
Hiroko Taguchi Violin
Jimmy Messer Guitar
Wendy Sutter Cello
Billy Mohler Bass
Aben Eubanks Guitar, Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar
Entcho Todorov Violin
Mick Rossi Conductor
Technical Credits
Joe Barresi Engineer
Rob Brill drum programming
David Kahne Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Malcolm Pardon Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Jason Halbert Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Chantal Kreviazuk Composer
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Jeff Kwatinetz Executive Producer, Audio Production
Jimmy Messer Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Kelly Clarkson Composer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Fredrik Rinman Composer
Aben Eubanks Composer, Programming
Mick Rossi Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
David Siskovic beats
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

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    For songs when you feel you have to punch somebody. Kelly delive

    For songs when you feel you have to punch somebody. Kelly delivers and then some. I don't get the controversy over the song, Judas. I loved that song and I knew what she was talking about I have been used by people like that too. But a good album for the pop fan or girl with a broken heart and doesn't want to cry anymore or wants music to cry to or think to. It is beautiful and her at her best as always. With her dealing with the pain of betraying exs, fans, and friends, and major producers, who could blame her. I loved it, very powerful and moving.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

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    one very powerfull thrid studio album by the amazing kelly clarkson

    this is one of my favorite albums by the one and only amazing kelly clarkson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this album...

    You will, too!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    the greatest kelly clarkson music!!!!!!!!

    This is by far the best music I have ever listened to. It's absolutely great.I have listened to it over and over.No one will ever get enough of it. You won't regret buying it ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazing.Awesome.Beautiful.Great!!

    I HEART THIS CD!!!!!!!!!!! Best thing ever!!! I seem to be the first person to review this CD since her new one, All I Ever Wanted came out. After listening to that CD about 50 times, I still have to say that I like My December more. I love the new CD too, and I gave it a five-star rating, but I still think this one is better. It's more fun to me. Between the amazing rock songs and the beautiful acoustic songs, this CD is completely amazing.

    At first, when I listened to it on the first night that I got it, I didn't like it very much and I thought it was a waste of time driving 70 miles, to get it, but unlike some people, I didn't give up hope on it, and listened to it SEVERAL times after. Very quickly, I started to love it, and now it's my favorite CD in the entire world!!!!! Even almost two years after its release, I still listen to it very often. So buy it, and keep listening to it, even if you don't like it at first. That's my guess as to why the critics may not have liked it. Maybe they were just too busy and didn't get to listen to it more than once, or maybe after the first time they didn't give it a chance.

    P.S. If there was a choice, I would have given this CD 945,819,471 stars out of 5.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    kelly clarkson at her best

    i just bought this album not to long ago this is by far kelly clarksons best studio album this is kelly clarkson at her best every song on my december is catchy its hoptt kelly clarkson is the pop/rock princess this album just rocks kelly clarkson is the best of the best

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    kelly clarkson rocks my socks off

    kelly clarkson is the best of the best she can prove she can sing she has great songwriting skills she is way more orginial than metallica and megadeth and slayer shes also way more orginial than any other so called thrash metal band kelly clarkson blows metallica black sabbath megadeth and slayer all out of the water

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hated it, but now I can't stop listening

    I bought this album because I really liked the song "Never Again"...very angry. I figured the rest of the album may be the same. Boy was I wrong! After a quick skim through the rest of the tracks I tossed it in my cd holder thinking I had wasted 14 bucks. I didn't pull it out again for about 3 weeks when I was on a road trip and needed something to listen to on those no-reception highways. I vowed to myself the give the whole cd a chance since I now had the time. WOW! being alone in my car and actually listening to the words....this is a great cd! I LOVE "mabye" and the hidden track....very funny! Now I cant get this cd out of my player...I have always loved the raw type of music, thats what attracted me to this cd in the first place...this is a must buy. Oh yeah, I am a dude by the way...this is one of my guilty pleasures! )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Believe the Media... Very Solid Album

    "My December", Kelly Clarkson's third album, has been getting harsh reviews for the darker, heavier material as opposed to the more commercially successful "Breakaway", which was certified 6 times platinum. Well what I can tell you now is don't believe the media... this is actually a very solid album. "My December", starts off with the first single, "Never Again". A song about a relationship gone bad, Kelly sings, Does it hurt/to know I'll never be there/Bet it sucks/to see my face everywhere/it was you who chose to end it like you did/I was the last to know you knew/exactly what you would do/and don't say/you've simply lost your way/she may believe you/But I never will/Never again It has some strong hooks to it as well. "One Minute", is another song with some very strong hooks. I think this one should be released as a single. "Hole" is without a doubt the darkest, grittiest song on the album. Kelly sings, There's a hole/inside of me/it's so cold/slowly killing me. It has a very rocky edge to it but it will grow on you. "Sober", a song about addiction, is very beautiful. Kelly takes it slow this time and really shows off her voice. "Don't Waste Your Time" is the successor to "Since You Been Gone", and is a great track. "Judas" is yet another rock song with great hooks, plus it will get stuck in your head! "Haunted", a song about suicide, and is reminiscent of something Evenesance would sing. It's dark, but it's great! "Be Still", is a beautiful song, and once again Kelly takes it slow. She shows off her upper register this time as well. "Maybe" is without a doubt one of the best songs on the album, everything from the instruments used to the vocals is truly magical! "How I Feel" is one of the few upbeat songs on the album, and this time Kelly really shows off her voice and once again, it will get stuck in your head and you will find yourself singing it in public! "Can I Have A Kiss?" is a very fun, upbeat song about love. The chorus is for sure the best part of the song, very catchy! "Irvine" is a very beautiful, haunting song. Kelly's voice sounds a bit different here, but it's still great! The hidden track "Chivas" is yet another song that shows off her voice and talks about love. Overall it's great. All in all, don't believe what the media says about "My December". It's a very solid album from a great artist, and everyone will find something they like! 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOOD STUFF

    "My December" is nothing like the awesome, pop schlock of "Breakaway". But that's a good thing. She didn't just release a sequel. She release a more, depressed, angrier album with eclectic songs. No song is like the other. There's even a funk song called "Yeah". The best songs are the somber, heartfelt "Sober", the bare, melancholic and gutwrenching "Irvine", the haunting "Haunted", the potential radio hit "Judas", the gentle and seductive sounding "Be Still", and the hidden track "Chivas". The song "Hole" has a killer hook and i could see it doing well on radio. "How I Feel" would have been a better success on pop radio than "Never Again." It could have lured the "Breakaway" fans in. "One Minute" is also another potential radio song. The verses are kind of weird but the chorus is catchy. I also like "Maybe". It's vulnerable and raw. "Can I Have a Kiss" sounds similar to "Thankful"-her debut album-style rock. My least favorite song is "Don't Waste Your Time". Love the lyrics but it sounds weak. Lifeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRAVO KELLY

    A fantastic moving cd that makes us stop and think about the side of life we tend to shy away from, yet so many people would do better by sharing. I like everyone heard what the opponents to this cd voiced loud and clear. All I want to say is listen to this cd and be your own critic. I found this cd a phenominal growth in Kelly's music and writing ability. Thank you Kelly for having the "courage" to do what you wanted to do with your My December cd. Had you given in to those that doubted you, I would not have had the opportunity to get to know you better. As a fan, it's extremely important to enjoy an artist's musical evolvement journey. Kelly, you have given that precious gift to all your fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Cd rocks

    I love this cd i listen to it everyday those critics are empty in the head.This the best cd ever.It's a Kelly Clarkson Fan must have

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE

    okay, this is kelly's best cd. even better than breakaway. i dont know what's wrong with all of the critics who said this album is a dud, because it definitely isn't!!!! all of the songs are fantastic, and it's cool that kelly cowrote all of them and this is probably more her style anyway. EVERYONE BUY THIS ALBUM!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great effort from Clarkson.

    The only thing I ask you do when it comes to this record is don't go into it with a clogged mind full of false media and clive davis babble. If you go in with an open mind you'll see what a great record it actually is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album to listen to in the car

    Since I bought My December, I listen to it in my car All the time instead of the radio. I LOVE Sober especially, and LOVE her voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I just bought this album and I think it's amazing. You cannot really compare it to her other two albums, though, because it's so different - but it's a good different. It's definitely a side of Kelly Clarkson that nobody is used to, but that's what makes it so cool. Her vocals are incredible on this album, and all of the songs are definitely memorable. I would encourage everyone to buy "My December". It's totally worth it. "My favorite song after "Never Again" is "One Minute". It's wicked good!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS ALBUM IS WACK!!! FOR HEAVENS SAKE!

    Dont get me wrong I like her music but this is just not doing it for me. Sorry Kelly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gets better the more you listen

    I'm not generally a fan of rock, but I wanted to support Kelly Clarkson bc/I love her voice and bc/I wanted to support artists who want to take musical risks. This is a great album! I even like the punk-ish "Hole," & some songs are truly outstanding: Be Still, Maybe, and Sober are my favortites, but I like the disc more and more each time I listen. Anyone who thinks KC is only a pop princess will be suprised and pleased by this album which demonstrates a creativity and originality we haven't really seen from her yet. Well worth buying! I'm glad I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't listen to the critics lies- this is Kelly at her best!

    After hearing the bad reveiws by the critics, I was unsure of her new alblum, but I got it anyways. I've always been a big Kelly fan, but this is her best album yet. The critics were wrong to say that it isn't as good. I like how she took a stand and did her own thing. Even though it is edgier than her first 2 albums, true Kelly fans will still enjoy her and appriciate the change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't Stop Listening

    I think it is a great CD, good for Kelly staying true to herself

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