Infinite leaks have surrounded Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming album Stronger, but that hasn’t stopped the singer to give up on the project like R&B singer Cassie basically did, three years ago after a handful of tracks worth at least more than 50% of an album hit the web.

Kelly’s delivery is smooth, and rich in all way possible. The opening strings portray a lot of vulnerability, and give the song rough emotion that makes it relatable. Lyrically, its everything a Kelly Clarkson record should be, it has its dose of angst and anthemic shreds. It somehow never gets old for her.

Clarkson doesn’t deliver the 3rd version of  ‘Since U Been Gone’ (just yet), but instead brings about a musical style similar to that of Bruno Mars (meaning a pop-piano driven number), specifically sounding striking to the composition of his debut single ‘Just The Way You Are’; percussion and chord progression are about the same, she might as well credit a sampling already.

This is almost hypocritical, considering the widely talked about feud between Clarkson and producer Ryan Tedder, regarding the resemblance in Clarkson’s All I Ever Wanted cut ‘Already Gone’ and Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ off I Am…Sasha Fierce. Wasn’t Clarkson supposed to be against plagiarism and anything of the sort, even going as far as recording a song (which subsequently leaked) titled ‘Wash, Rinse, Repeat’?; it is no rocket science it obviously addresses Tedder’s recycling of beats, when she just allowed Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’ to be pretty much recycled as well.

Don’t be misled, the song is quite good, since its Kelly Clarkson we’re talking in here, but that does not justify a lack of creativity. Many other leaks from her would’ve served a more stellar pace to her upcoming album; expect the bang in the second single.

★★★1/2

C.Perez

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Stronger out Oct. 24rth.