Thankful

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
There's no question that Kelly Clarkson -- American Idol's first superstar -- can sing. Week after week, the "cool beans" Texan blew away judges Randy "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly" Jackson and Paula "Touchdown!" Abdul with her soul-stirring, powerhouse pipes. She even won over smarmy Brit judge Simon "That Was Awful" Cowell, who initially didn't remember the bubbly brunette. And while she's proven that she can sell records with her towering 2002 single, "A Moment like This," the question remains whether Clarkson can transform her 15 minutes of reality-TV fame into a bona fide recording career. Well, the arrival of her highly anticipated album debut, Thankful, finds the jury...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
There's no question that Kelly Clarkson -- American Idol's first superstar -- can sing. Week after week, the "cool beans" Texan blew away judges Randy "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly" Jackson and Paula "Touchdown!" Abdul with her soul-stirring, powerhouse pipes. She even won over smarmy Brit judge Simon "That Was Awful" Cowell, who initially didn't remember the bubbly brunette. And while she's proven that she can sell records with her towering 2002 single, "A Moment like This," the question remains whether Clarkson can transform her 15 minutes of reality-TV fame into a bona fide recording career. Well, the arrival of her highly anticipated album debut, Thankful, finds the jury still out. With Clive Davis on board as executive producer, Thankful will likely become a top seller. While Clarkson charmed American Idol viewers with hazel-eyed soul renditions of R&B staples such as Aretha's "Natural Woman," Davis steered Thankful toward songs with more Top 40/pop-rock appeal. Vocally, Clarkson convincingly plays the rocker chick on the edgy, guitar-driven "Miss Independent," co-written by Christina Aguilera, and the Sheryl Crow–reminiscent "Low." But visually, it's hard to imagine the wholesome songbird getting "Dirty." Her true colors really shine on gospel- and R&B-inspired songs, such as the Diane Warren–penned "Some Kind of Miracle," the bluesy title track, and the power ballad "Anytime." It's a solid, even promising debut, but the key to Clarkson's career longevity lies in the choice of appropriate material: She will have even more to be Thankful for if she follows the lead of Justin Timberlake and switches gears from pop to R&B on her next disc.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Anybody older than 18 who's watched American Idol for any length of time will undoubtedly find the similarities between this talent contest and such square '60s/'70s variety programs like The Andy Williams Show startling and unavoidable. Whenever the kids are hauled out to sing an oldie or stumble through a production number, AmIdol goes into a time warp, particularly because they're nearly always singing the same songs that would have shown up on The Andy Williams Show all those years ago. That's because this is a show biz creation, not an organic pop phenomenon. It goes for the choreographed razzle-dazzle, it has the sense of "let's put on a show!" and it's about the televised show; the music is there to serve the program, not vice versa. This makes for splendid entertainment, but the format of the show and its inherent squareness do make it difficult for contest winners to appeal to listeners their own age, since the show has positioned them to be as unhip as possible. Take Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the first American Idol, aired in 2002. Her first single, "A Moment Like This," may have been a number one hit, but it was such a staid adult contemporary tune that it suggested that her career was over before it really began, since it was not a work that played to her age or audience, and it gave her no room to grow. Somebody -- whether it was Kelly herself or her monolithic management -- realized that she was not on a path to either a long career or a successful one-shot album and rethought the game plan for her much-delayed debut album, Thankful. Originally, this album was going to come out mere months after the end of the original American Idol, but it was delayed for a variety of reasons, including Clarkson's taxing schedule and difficulty in cobbling together workable material. Ultimately, the decision to delay the record paid off, because Thankful is a sharp, versatile modern pop record, showcasing her voice, to be sure, but being much better than expectations, much better than the scores of flop diva records that cluttered the pop landscape in late 2002. Why? There are many reasons, but the biggest is that everybody involved managed to make Kelly Clarkson seem younger and hipper without slutting her up like Christina Aguilera who, ironically, co-wrote "Miss Independent," the first single from Thankful while retaining a strong sense of melodic songcraft. She still can appeal to a wide, mature audience, but no longer does the music sound quite so static. Witness the new mix of "A Moment Like This" -- it's still the same treacly song, but it now breathes; it doesn't sound stiff and reserved, it gives Kelly's voice room to roam. It's a major step forward toward a fresh sound, and Thankful follows through on its promise, delivering dance-pop that's catchy and flirty without being trampy and ballads that are tasteful without being boring. Amazingly, the album has a light, effortless touch, an impressive feat considering that it was certainly as overworked as any of the big, leaden diva discs of 2002. Much credit is due to executive producer Clive Davis, who masterminded the effort, deftly balancing the dance and ballad sides, making it sound easy. But the record simply wouldn't work without Clarkson, who can navigate the shifts in sound with vigor and personality. Although it hardly breaks any new ground, Thankful is much more demanding than an episode of American Idol, since it's all new material covering the spectrum of mainstream pop music. Throughout this record, she makes it seem effortless and charming. She can croon, she can belt out a song, she can be sexy and sassy while still being graceful and as wholesome as the girl next door. After listening to Thankful, it's hard to imagine any of 2003's American Idol contestants -- including the two favorites, loverman Ruben Studdard and clenched, show tune-loving Clay Aiken, since both have taken one sound and driven it into the ground -- being able to produce a record so versatile while sounding like it's all so easy. True, Thankful isn't a record that's earth-shaking, but in 2003 it is something special all the same: an unapologetically mainstream record that works and is very enjoyable. Maybe American Idol really does turn out pop stars.
Entertainment Weekly
Her voice, at times raspy, at times beautifully sultry, is a potent reminder of why America embraced her. Clarkson glides through octaves with the masterful control of someone who's been doing this for decades. [B+] Henry Goldblatt

Her voice, at times raspy, at times beautifully sultry, is a potent reminder of why America embraced her. Clarkson glides through octaves with the masterful control of someone who's been doing this for decades. [B+] Henry Goldblatt
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636815923
  • Catalog Number: 68159
  • Sales rank: 105,687

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Trouble With Love Is
  2. 2 Miss Independent
  3. 3 Low
  4. 4 Some Kind Of Miracle
  5. 5 What's Up Lonely
  6. 6 Just Missed The Train
  7. 7 Beautiful Disaster
  8. 8 You Thought Wrong
  9. 9 Thankful
  10. 10 Anytime
  11. 11 A Moment Like This
  12. 12 Before Your Love
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Clarkson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Matthew Wilder Guitar, Piano
Betty Wright Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Evan Rogers Background Vocals
Richard Todd French Horn
Suzie Benson Background Vocals
Louis Biancaniello Keyboards
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Debra Byrd Background Vocals
Chris Camozzi Guitar
Larry Corbett Celli
Kenneth Crouch Organ
Joel Derouin Concert Master
Doug Emery Keyboards
Steve Ferrera Percussion, Drums
Josh Freese Drums
Berj Garabedian Violin
Paul Gendler Guitar
Peter Kent Violin
Rhett Lawrence Guitar, scratching, DJ
Lee Levin Drums
Clif Magness Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Peter Nocella Viola
Steve Pearce Bass
Tim Pierce Guitar
Olle Romo Guitar
Tommy Sims Bass
Leslie Smith Background Vocals
Carl Sturken Keyboards
John Wittenberg Violin
Jeanette Wright Background Vocals
Ken Yerke Violin
Conesha Owens Background Vocals
Danielle Brisebois Background Vocals
Dan Warner Guitar
Sam Watters Background Vocals
Sharlotte Gibson Background Vocals
Randy Jackson Bass
Pathik Desai Guitar
Mike Elizondo Bass
Emma Kummrow Violin
Charlene Kwas Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Mary Griffin Background Vocals
Steve Mac Keyboards
Darrin McCann Viola
Aiesha Wright Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Wayne Rodrigues scratching, DJ
Bob Becker Viola
Jim Gasior Piano
Corky James Guitar
David Young Viola
Dan Smith Celli
Teddy Campbell Drums
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Michele Richards Violin
Ghislaine Fleishman Violin
Rebekah Jordan Background Vocals
Chris Willis Background Vocals
Charles Parker Violin
Technical Credits
Matthew Wilder Composer, Programming, Producer
Desmond Child Composer, Producer
Evan Rogers Composer, Producer
Cathy Dennis Composer, Producer
Gary Burr Composer
Louis Biancaniello Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Scott Cutler Composer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Doug Emery Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Steve Ferrera Producer
Larry Gold String Arrangements, String Conductor
Jimmy Harry Composer
Jimmy Hoyson Engineer
Rhett Lawrence Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Pro-Tools
Lee Levin Engineer
Clif Magness Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Olle Romo Pro-Tools
Robin Sellars Engineer
Carl Sturken Composer, Producer, drum programming
Diane Warren Composer
Andy Zulla Engineer, Pro-Tools
Dave Arch String Arrangements
Matt Howe Engineer
Damon Thomas Composer
Jim Watts Pro-Tools
Danielle Brisebois Composer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer
Sam Watters Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Steve McMillan Pro-Tools
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Quentin Dunn Engineer
Dino Hermann Engineer
Steve Mac Producer
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
Greg London Engineer
Al Hemberger Engineer
Jules Gondar Engineer
Christina Aguilera Composer
Matthew Morris Composer
J.D. Andrew Engineer
Stephanie Saraco Songwriter, Composer
Chris Laws Engineer
Craig Lozowick Engineer
John Reid Composer
Rich Balmer Engineer
Jeff Kanan Engineer
Kelly Clarkson Composer
Conrad Golding Engineer
Dabling Harward Vocal Editing
Marcelo Marulanda Engineer
Tamyra Gray Composer
Rebekah Jordan Composer
Chris Willis Vocal Arrangements
D. Warren Composer
Carlos Alvarez Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pop at its best!

    I love Thankful,Kelly Clarkson's first album-this is pop music at its best. It's fun to sing along with the music and jam while to the beat of it while you're listening. Anybody who loves pop should consider adding Thankful to their CD collection. If you love pop,get your hands on Thankful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply the best thing to come from American Idol...

    Kelly Clarkson is talented & beautiful - she will be around for a long long time... Mark my words. This girl has talent to spare...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    a solid album by a solid artist

    kelly clarkson proves she can sing shes very talented very young and gifted she is you have to buy this album it rocks kelly clarkson proves she can do pop/rock shes very awesome singer shes right up there with the beatles and elvis

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    a awesome debut album by kelly clarkson

    kelly clarkson is one awesome artist she has real talent if you look what? i recommanded they also have talent also im proud to be a fan of twiztid icp and dark lotus if you want to get dark lotus debut album featuring abk on vocals check out HatchetGeardotcom trust me and guess what? screw all the icp haters all the twiztid haters and all the dark lotus haters kelly clarkson is frikin awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kelly in good voice

    Kelly Clarkson has a powerful voice, but nowhere near the likes of Whitney Houston. She is a potential great singer and I enjoyed the album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    We need more Kelly Clarkson's

    America, we are in desperate need of good singers who are young and alive. Right now the brits have us beat for good living musicians who are young and alive. They have Elton John, Ringo Starr, and Paul Mcartney. All we have currently in america is taylor hicks and kelly clarkson(a kid who embodies the american dream the way elvis did). She rocks. Only live good singer we have is cher, who is old and maddona as well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kelly clarkson rules

    her song breakaway enchanted all of us and behind these hazel eyes was almost as good so was beautiful disaster,beacause of you and hear me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    B.V. a A.I. fan!!!!

    Kelly Clarkson is the best ever with her first album since American Idol!!!! she is the best vocalist ever!!!! u will go far Kelly!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    to go independent

    Rock on! All of the songs with some kind of a backbeat rocked. I'm not a big ballad fan, but I liked most of the ballads. I'd recomend this cd to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Michael, I love Kelly!!!!! She is one of the best singers.

    I brought this Cd when it first came out and i love all the song on that CD it is wonderful my favorite song is Anytime its the best song ever, but yeah other than that i had never heard something like this with variety of music. She is just wonderful and people who dont like this CD are a bunch of haters I am sry but it is a great I cant wait till her second CD comes out well lates.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    miss.independent rocks

    well i bought this cd because i had a little extra money. well i didn't know it would be this good! 1.the trouble with love is 7/10 this song the lyrics are soo true but it can get old after hearing it for a while 2.miss idependent 7/10 noiw a buch of people love this song and it's good but i normally skip it cause well it got over-played on the radio 3.low 9/10 this i think was her best single on the radio but i think that it should have stayed on the radio longer the begging is a little off beat but i love tbe rock kinda felling some kind of miracle 3/10 i always skip this song it puts me to sleep what's up lonley 10/10 well most people skip this song but i listened to it for a while and now i think it's real good it dosen't show a lot of talent but i like the laid-back vibe just missed the train 11/10 this song ROCKS i love the beat and the lyrics and it shows kelly's talent beautiful disaster 8/10 this soong is pretty good i don't really listen to it that much but it's good over all You thought wrong 9/10 this song has WonderfuL vocals i like the song the lyrics are ok but it's a good performing song thankful 7/10 this song is pretty good the tune gets stuck in ur head easily anytime 9/10 now i Hate this song but she does have wonderful vocals in this song but i just don't care for it but the music deserves the grade a moment like this 8/10 mthis song was her first single but i skip it because i want to listen to the next song before your love 100/10 ok this song is the best one on the c.d. i loved it at first i skipped it but then i fell in love with it THIS SONG ROCKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kelly's CD was absolutely amazing! What a wonderful way to start a long-running carrer. The CD was very inspiring and made me realize that she is an American Idol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best EVER

    KELLY CLARKSON IS THE BEST SINGER EVER!!! theres no doubt that she isnt capable of singin, YOU GOTTA BE DEAF TO NOT AGREE!! she is beautiful, talented, and just a gr8 person! this is the best cd ever! the songs are gr8! 1000000000/10!! GR8!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'll be thankful when she goes back to Texas

    This album is overbelted! Everything. Even when she's singing a ballad, its supposed to be soft, not a rock song. This album si an attempt to be the next Mariah, though no one can top her. a real dissappointment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW! I love it

    I was doubtful at first, but some songs truly gave me chills- it was great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Kelly has originality. All of the songs on the album were great, but I especiall liked, "Missed the Train" and "Low". I think she has proven that she will stay around for awhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'll be thankful when her fifteen minutes are up

    I don't know about anyone else, but I am TIRED of Kelly Clarkson. Just because she won on a television show doesn't make her anything spectacular. Millions of people can sing. That annoying song of hers is played ALL THE TIME on the radio, and her voice is juvenile and poppy at best. People are impressed because she "helped" write four of her songs? What about Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple, who write ALL their songs? Whitney Houston is a diva. Christina Aguilera (for all her faults) is an amazing singer. Clarkson just got lucky with a record deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Proof is in the music!

    This debut CD proves why she won American Idol. Her voice is strong and natural, and very soulful yet relaxing. She deserves to be heard by everyone that loves a natural singing voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listner, not a huge fan

    I really like Miss Independent, and A moment like this. She is Really cool. GOOD LUCK KELLY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DEFINATELY WORTH IT!

    This CD shows that Kelly Clarkson has an amazing voice, ruling out any doubts that she is the American Idol. her songs are clean-cut, sweet, and full of feeling. My favorite songs are Just Missed The Train, Beautiful Disaster, and Thankful. I can't wait to hear more from Kelly!

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