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All I Ever Wanted

All I Ever Wanted

4.7 46
by Kelly Clarkson

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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


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.

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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 (both produced by Howard Benson)-- "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.
Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
Clarkson's voice remains one of the most powerful in pop, and on Wanted it flattens everything in its path, blasting through piano ballads, chirpy retrosoul and, on "Whyyawannabringmedown," a kind of AM-radio punk.
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
There are feisty independent-woman anthems (''I Do Not Hook Up,'' co-written by Katy Perry and Kara DioGuardi, and the ''Since U Been Gone''-style kiss-off ''Don't Let Me Stop You'') and soaring, impeccably constructed power ballads (''Already Gone,'' ''Save You''). [B+]

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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
Luke   Synthesizer,Drums
Eddie Fisher   Drums
Ryan Tedder   Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Various
Dameon Aranda   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Biancaniello   Guitar
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Thomas Bukovac   Guitar

Technical Credits

Glen Ballard   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Howard Benson   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Louis Biancaniello   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kim Bullard   Programming
Jamie Muhoberac   Programming
Greg Wells   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Mark Townsend   Composer
Jason Halbert   Composer
Sam Watters   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Emily Dickinson   Author
Joe Zook   Engineer
Emily Wright   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Composer
Joakim Åhlund   Composer
Craig Durrance   Engineer
Luke   Programming,Audio Production
Kelly Clarkson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Josef Larossi   Composer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Ryan Tedder   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Keri Noble   Composer
Aben Eubanks   Composer
Dameon Aranda   Composer
Greg Ogan   Producer,Audio Production
Dave Rieley   Engineer
Claude Kelly   Composer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Katy Perry   Composer
Matt Thiessen   Composer
Aimee Proal   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer

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All I Ever Wanted 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this because of the 3 songs I was hearing on the radio, but there are many other songs that grow on you every time you listen to the CD. I often think how much good music is missed by people who only download hits from itunes. I may be showing my age, but, there is something special about listening to an entire album over & over again, which makes you appreciate the artist even more.
Bella-Love More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Kelly's from the beginning. She has taken her music to just about every spectrum possible. But, I think she finally achieved the perfect match of all her music choice aspects. Kelly keeps her amazing song writing at all-time high with this album, and there is not a song on this album that I don't enjoy listening to.
UpTheIrons4Lyfe More than 1 year ago
this album rocks enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Black-Fury More than 1 year ago
Kelly Clarkson. Talented. Soulful. And even her sound carries the emotions some might feel in there personal life. My life would suck with out you- a great hit and a personal song. If you or any one you know has a bo or a husband that they feel is always, well taking over. Mabey thats not the right word but anyway, the songs on this track is definatly a good pop CD.
MetaLHeaD101 More than 1 year ago
this is kelly clarksons best studio album everybody should buy this album because its kelly clarkson at her best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because its the best album ever! Kelly Clarkson was the first American Idol and she has created unstoppable hits that make you cheer, dance, and cry. Her voice is charming without being overwhelming. She is a star to be heard and loved. She has kept up her career even after she left the show and that shows she is a real artist that can stand on her own. The music is great. Each track is something for every emotion. You feel like reminising in memories then listen to CRY. All her songs are different and will stay in your memories for good! I should know I cant stop thinking about this album. Truly a great must have!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this album, it got a bad wrap by the media and radio since she was fighting with Clive Davis. But for people who love classic rock and old school 90s rock pop will love it and Kelly Clarkson is so worth it.
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
kelly clark has a great vocal range this album blew me away my favorite song on this album is my life will suck without you this album is off the wall awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thyinsanejuggalo More than 1 year ago
this album is just awesome me and the rest of the reviewers on this page already pre ordered our copys of all i ever wanted by kelly clarkson this is kelly clarksons best album yet
JeffnerJohn More than 1 year ago
Great cd! Lots of great, catchy songs!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kelly did a great job on this cd; love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She has shown promise in the past but she has come a long way in this record. With life comes experience and experience brings great situations to write and sing about. This record shows emotion and a reality of great singing and strong voice. One should stop and take a momment to listen to this record and enjoy.
SanMoo More than 1 year ago
This CD is really a joy to listen to. It has wonderful music for almost any mood.
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
this album rocks its one very awesome studio album i heard all the songs on this album when the album just got recently leaked on online this album is awesome thanks kelly clarkson for making yet another great number #1 studio album
amanda022 More than 1 year ago
I believe the cd all i ever wnated is her best album so far filled with deep and true emotions and thats what i love about it. She is an amazing artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kelly clarksons fourth studio album all i ever wanted is going back to her roots a recent sound heard on breakaway and my december and heard a little bit off of thankful its just kelly clarkson songwriting is maturing and this next studio album by kelly clarkson is going to rock and it kick butt on the billboard charts kelly clarkson is the best of the best nobody is like kelly clarkson kelly clarkson is just as orginial as lucuna coil and megadeth
LVB01085 More than 1 year ago
This CD has some great hits! It also has some songs that are good, but not Kelly's Style. Overall a good CD to rock to in the car.
nickelbackfan101 More than 1 year ago
kelly clarksons new studio album features big chruses and heavy drum programming this is kelly clarksons best studio album since her debut album thankful kelly clarkson proves yet again why she is the best pop rock artist out there
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