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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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