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Hot Track: Kelly Clarkson, "Sober"

Hot Track: Kelly Clarkson, "Sober"

When did Kelly Clarkson get all dark and dreary on us? Though I've been digging her embittered breakup ballad "Never Again," I'm not sure how I feel about the goth-girl cover of her next album, My December, which is coming out June 26 after much hullabaloo. Then, there's her just-released second single, "Sober," which is just downright somber. Just check out these lyrics:

Three months and I’m still sober
Picked all my weeds but kept the flowers
But I know it’s never really over

And I don’t know
I could crash and burn but maybe
At the end of this road I might catch a glimpse of me

I guess it's refreshing that Clarkson, unlike so many young starlets, is sober. But while she shows off some stunningly powerful vocals here, "Sober" is a bit too maudlin to really move me. Listen to it here and tell me what you think.

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kryer1583 kryer1583 8 years
I bought Kelly's cd the day it came out and as I am now going through a breakup I have to say this is probably my favorite song on an album. It's sad yet still so strong if you read the lyrics. And its definitely not about a drinking problem. :)
workofiction workofiction 8 years
I need to hear one more song to determine if I'll buy this album or not
PRgirl03 PRgirl03 8 years
One of the main reasons I bought her CD yesterday is because of this song. I love it. Its kind of ironic when I think that my favorite song on her "Breakaway" album was Addicted and on "My December" its "Sober"
GlamGurl GlamGurl 8 years
I luv Kelly Clarkson and think she is extremely talented. This album is killer. Kelly is not singing about a drinking problem, she is refering to the fact she has been sober as in she has stayed away for the guy, sober takes on a different meaning here. Its a breakup song of sorts. She refers to him check out the lyrics.
lancito lancito 8 years
Kelly sounds great as usual! It's a very beautiful song, not a catchy song, but hard hitting. Many have been wrong about Kelly's talents,and it's at least worth a try to let an artist do their own thing ( writing, etc.) She will grow as a songwriter,and as a singer. She certainly is a huge star,and can't let a bunch of old men guide her career. Remember,Clive Davis passed on Jennifer Hudson, and Sony passed on Kelly, and now she records for them.
Hanouf Hanouf 8 years
I liked this single alot Althoug i'm hoping for an upbeat single
Hanouf Hanouf 8 years
I loves that song .. Acually i loves the hole album Although i prefer i she had some upbeat cool songs ...
sammagfunk sammagfunk 8 years
Yeahh I guess it's a little depressing for the summer, but I'm still loving it. I think she is a great songwriter, and it still annoys me that it took American Idol to get her where she is today. She has a great voice, and this is a great song...even if it isn't your typical summer hit. (LaLa: I don't think she's referring to a drinking problem!)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I'm confused about these lyrics. Kelly never had a drinking problem. Oh well. I sort of assumed that b/c she wrote them, she'd be writing from her point of view and perspective, etc.
blogsap blogsap 8 years
i'm excited for the new cd. yay kelly!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
This song is MUCH better than the first single she released but I don't think it will get much radio air play at all. Like the others have said this song sounds really depressing. Summer is not really the best time to release a ballad.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
i like this song but i agree she shoulda chosen a happy upbeat song for the summer
sweet_potato sweet_potato 8 years
why why why did she choose such a downer song for her next track??? This is summer, maga hits will be fast and pop!
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 8 years
I really love Never Again, but I was hoping for a more upbeat album from Kelly since her last one was basically a break-up CD. It doesn't seem like I'm going to get my wish.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
it's not exactly a song i'd be blasting on the radio, haha. nice ballad though, better than never again (HATED that song)
menthadict menthadict 8 years
it's not exactly a song i'd be blasting on the radio, haha. nice ballad though, better than never again (HATED that song)
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 8 years
It's a great song, but not radio friendly, especially for summer. When I'm out and about or laying by the pool, the last thing I want to hear is something depressing lol
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
Kinda reminds me of a Sarah McLachlan song. It's ok.
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