Kelly Clarkson / BMG

The very first American Idol sure has come a long way since she was declared the winner of the popular singing competition back in 2002. Kelly Clarkson's overnight success catapulted her to stardom by earning her a million-dollar recording contract. Her debut album "Thankful" reached platinum status and songs such as "A Moment Like This" along with "Ms. Independent" were instant hits with listeners. Her strong vocal abilities and down to earth personality sets her apart from all those pre-packaged popstars out there. This Texas native's much anticipated follow up album is entitled "Breakaway" and is more edgier than her previous one. It's got a stronger rock sound. The title track is an enjoyable listen and was written by Canadian superstar Avril Lavigne. Kelly impresses with powerful songs such as "Since U Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Hear Me." "Gone" has cool guitar riffs along with a catchy beat. "Where Is Your Heart" is a touching ballad. "You found Me" is also a notable track. A worthwhile purchase.

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