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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.

kryer1583 kryer1583 10 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 10 years
I need to hear one more song to determine if I'll buy this album or not
PRgirl03 PRgirl03 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
I liked this single alot Althoug i'm hoping for an upbeat single
Hanouf Hanouf 10 years
I loves that song .. Acually i loves the hole album Although i prefer i she had some upbeat cool songs ...
sammagfunk sammagfunk 10 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 10 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 10 years
i'm excited for the new cd. yay kelly!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 10 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 10 years
i like this song but i agree she shoulda chosen a happy upbeat song for the summer
sweet_potato sweet_potato 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
Kinda reminds me of a Sarah McLachlan song. It's ok.
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