by Kelly Clarkson
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Thankful, Kelly Clarkson's slightly underwhelming 2003 debut, could've marked the end of the first-season American Idol champ's 15 minutes of fame. But with her angst-filled, rock-edged sophomore disc, Breakaway, a sexier, more confident Clarkson proves she has staying power. This girl-next-door captured the A.I. crown by belting goose bump–inducing renditions of R&B classics ("Natural Woman") and adult contemporary–leaning power ballads (the single "A Moment Like This"), yet Thankful failed to capitalize on Clarkson's hazel-eyed soul, instead settling for Pink-reminiscent pop. But with the popularity of rock-lite chicks Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne, it's a smart move for the raspy-piped Clarkson to wail -- more convincingly -- on guitar-fueled girl power anthems and disaffected love songs. The inspiring title track (originally featured on the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack) and the new-wavy kiss-off "Since U Been Gone" will certainly strike a chord with tween and teen girls everywhere. With the star-making Breakaway, Clarkson is still America's favorite pop idol.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766449129
catalogNumber: 64491
Rank: 104876

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelly Clarkson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Victor Lawrence   String Quartet
Clif Magness   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Mark Robertson   String Quartet
Phil X.   Guitar
Jason Halbert   Piano
Raine Maida   Guitar
Randy Cooke   Drums
John Shanks   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Max Martin   Various
Olle Dahlstedt   Drums
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Shanti Randall   String Quartet
Shalini Vijayan   String Quartet
Jason Lader   Bass
David Hodges   Piano
Ben Moody   Guitar
Mark Colbert   Drums
Randy Cook   Drums
Marty O'Brien   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lukasz Gottwald   Various

Technical Credits

Matthew Wilder   Composer
Bridget Benenate   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer,Executive Producer
Matthew Gerrard   Composer
Jimmy Harry   Composer
Clif Magness   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer
Jason Halbert   Piano Arrangement
Raine Maida   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Chantal Kreviazuk   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Lars Fox   Engineer
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Max Martin   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Brian E. Garcia   Engineer
Brett Kilroe   Art Direction
Shep Solomon   Composer
Cameron Webb   Engineer
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Avril Lavigne   Composer
Dan Certa   Engineer
Kelly Clarkson   Composer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Robin C. Hendrickson   Art Direction
Jason Lader   Programming
David Hodges   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Lasse Mårtén   Engineer
Ben Moody   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
David Camobell   String Arrangements
Rebekah Jordan   Composer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation

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Breakaway 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still love this whole album! I still sing Hear Me or You Found Me on Sundays. I still sing Gone when I am angry at life or my ex boyfriend. You can't go wrong and Kelly clearly worked her butt off to breakaway from the pack and get into the Princess Diaries movies with Anne Hathaway. Totally worth it, worth every cent.=) 10 Stars, but I gave it 5 on here because that is all I could do!:D Go Kelly, we love you!:D
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great cd would recommend.I am a huge Kelly Clarkson fan and I thought it was a perfect cd,and you should go out and buy it because it is so great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this CD! It is amazing! At first I thought it was "OK" but the more you listen to it, the more you enjoy it. I love EVERY song on it. I can listen to it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly's latest CD is Amazing. It has a more "rock" feel to it than her first album which is very cool. I advise everybody to go out and buy this album!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly is going to rock on her sophomore release. I've heard a lot of clips from this album and they're all extremely well. There's nothing wrong with this. If you're looking for a good punkrock CD, this is the one to own!! FIVE STARS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd has something for everyone on it. You could never get bored listening to it. If every song was a single they would all make it to number 1!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is filled of really great songs. My favorite tracks are "Since you been gone" and "Behind these hazel eyes". If you are a Kelly Clarkson fan, like i am, you should buy this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Kelly's first album wasnt this good, but after i heard Since U Been Gone, went to buy the CD almost right away! Gosh, she is so amazing, i really like Addicted and Hear Me... she is so good, no wonder she won american idol!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly Clarkson has a fantastic voice and the songs are so great!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly out did herself this time. I love almost every song on this Cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is so awesome! My favorite songs are "Behind These Hazel Eyes", and "Gone". I really love all of them, but those are my absolute favorites. A messege to everyone: If you wisely choose to purchase this CD, you will not waste your money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
kelly's voice in BREAKAWAY is definentally fabulous! she has an amazing voice. in this CD, she really shows how powerful her vocal range is. my favorite songs are breakaway, because of you, beautiful disaster, gone, and behind these hazel eyes. i give this CD 3 stars because some of the songs were too loud. other than that, it's great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly Clarkson is amazing!!! I kept on hearing her songs on the radio, and I absolutely luved 'em soooooo..... much! Believe it or not, I actually didn't know that she won American Idol. How duh-full is that, or what? When I finally got the CD, I played it, like, three times a day, even during homework and all that stuff. I seriously get the chills when I hear Breakaway. That and Behind These Hazel Eyes and Since U Been Gone are some of my many favorite songs. I can't stop listening to her CD, and sometimes I go a little loco- okay, maybe a lot! :) Man, I wish I had a voice as great as hers (Kelly's, of course!). Her songs have great words, are emotional, and just awesome! If you're ready for the best music of your life, get off your computer right this very second and go buy the CD or borrow it from someone or the library or do whatever you can do to get your hands (or should I say ears?) on it. You'll love Kelly's music!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why is Kelly trying to be Avril? Or for that matter, Hilary Duff? Thankful was an awesome cd! Her vocals were awesome and she was different from alot of girls. She was "sweet". Now, it's like she's totally changed. She tried to do rock with all the screaming and guitars just to sell more albums. I miss her voice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the whole album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is totally the #1 Album of 2005! Its an awesome album and Kelly did an AMAZING JOB on it!!!!!!! Rolling Stones has it all wrong, 3 out of 5 stars? NO WAY she totally has got to get 5 Stars! Kelly you ROCK keep up your AMAZING work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVELOVELOVE this CD! I am her Number One Fan!!! I know all her favorties and lyrics, and I can totally relate to her songs. Since U Been GOne, Because of You, and Behind these Hazel Eyes are the best songs EVER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly has made another outstanding cd! She has a great and strong voice which she shows off in this cd. I like this cd better than thankful. If she keeps songs like these she will be going to better and higher places in the music indistry. My favorite songs are since you been gone behind these hazel eyes .Kelly will never lose her touch I will be a fan Forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is the best singer!!! I was so happy when she won American Idol! If anybody loves Avril Lavigne, they will enjoy Kelly as much, or a little bit more!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, Kelly has a beautiful voice. Her last album was okay. I don't think she screams on this album, but i don't really like a lot of the songs on this cd. I like Breakaway, it reminds me of graduation (i'm graduating so yeah) Avril LaVinge wrote it and i was really suprised about that. I liked "Gone" and "Because of You" which is a nice song. Other than that i wouldn't buy this cd. The rest are just plain old bla bla
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly Clarkson is the best singer in America and the world,too. This is definitely her best album. I can not see how anyone can hate this. Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes, Gone, and Because of You are perfect. I usually do not say songs are perfect, but these are. As you know, Because of You is a slow song, and I usually do not like slow songs, but it is as great as the others, and the #1 download on iTunes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As much as I loved Kelly Clarkson on her post-Idol debut "Thankful," I felt that she didn't get the chance to shine in her own right, seeing as how that album was really more of an idealistic pop-star debut. On her new CD, "Breakaway," Clarkson delivers the best pop/rock album since.. well.. I don't know when. Making a good pop album with a rockier vibe isn't simple (as wee all saw with "Autobiography," Ashlee Simpson's much based debut), but Kelly has constructed a full blown hit record, with ballads and anthems spilling out the speakers smoothly and excellently. The 3 recent singles, "Since U Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," and the title-track, a power-ballad almost perfect for grad-ceremonies everywhere, have succeeded in delighting the ears of many. But, unlike many hitmakers, Kelly's sophmore CD is full of hits that haven't been on TRL and radio. "Because of You" and "You Found Me" are beautiful ballads that display Kelly's vocal strength and range. "Addicted" is a powerful, distressed track that is personally my favorite, for it's music, it's lyrics, and it's frantic emotion displayed. "Gone" is a 'no bull' track that shows Clarkson's unforgiving attitude toward pathetic exes, while "I Hate Myself For Losing You" is equally full of heartache and passion for love lost. With a much-loved live track from "Thankful", "Breakaway" is a must for fans of any genre, young and old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. Kelly Clarkson's new songs make her sound like Avril Lavigne. "Since U Been Gone", and "Gone" are the best. It has that pop-punk sound to it, making it seem like rock/pop. The new songs are better than the old ones (although there is a remix of "Miss Independant" on Fired Up! 2). I love it!