Breakaway

Performers Kelly Clarkson

RCA | November 30, 2004 | Compact Disc

Breakaway is rated 4.7778 out of 5 by 9.
Kelly Clarkson was the first American Idol winner and the first vocalist to achieve success, but her 2003 debut, Thankful, didn't completely define her outside of the parameters of the show. While the dance-pop and adult contemporary ballads on that record were fresher than the music on AmIdol, Clarkson still hadn't escaped the show's shadow entirely: since it was a hit so close to her time on TV, it was easy to pigeonhole her as simply a creation of television, not a popular singer in her own right. So, her second album, Breakaway, released late in 2004, was a pivotal moment for her, a chance to prove that she was not a one-hit wonder, a chance to prove that she could have a real, vibrant career. Happily, Breakaway delivers on that promise. This time around, the dance-pop elements have been almost entirely stripped away, and the record instead is a rock-influenced, MOR pop affair, not entirely dissimilar to Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography, only a little bit smoother and not as heavy on guitars. Since Clarkson is a better singer than Simpson -- not only does she possess more chops, but she has more on-record charisma -- she can sell the material even when the slow tempos in the middle of record drag its momentum; she prevents the songs from sounding too samey. While there may be one too many ballads here, they often are very good and are sometimes excellent, like the light, layered, yearning title tune. Clarkson may be a fine ballad singer, but what gives Breakaway its spine are the driving, anthemic pop tunes like "Since U Been Gone," "Walk Away," and "You Found Me." These are the numbers that sound simultaneously mainstream and youthful, which is a hard trick to pull off, and they are the tracks that illustrate that Kelly Clarkson is a rare thing in the 2000s: a pop singer who's neither hip nor square, just solidly and enjoyably in the mainstream. After a bunch of rather blah mainstream pop albums, including a glut of half-baked AmIdol projects, this is a nice, low-key relief. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 30, 2004

Genre: Teen Pop

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: RCA

UPC: 828766449129

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love kelly at first when kelly got off of AI i only liked a few songs that were on her site but then i got breakaway and i only knew the first 4 songs on the album then when i listened to all of the cd i liked 10/12(addicted and hear me,i dont like).then i begged my mom for her thankful cd and she bought for me and i now like 1-3,7,8,10 and both bonus tracks. now i am an ultimate fan and all my friends tease me for liking kelly. she really is a great singer and actress (from justin to kelly)and i also like the songs from that sound track
Date published: 2006-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "This Album Rocks!" My friend and I just love Kelly! Not only is she talented,sweet & original she's a good singer/song writer. This album is the follow up 2 her 1st album Thankful(which was released after she won American Idol,kudos to you Kel). I used to think Kelly was just an okay singer but now after hearing songs like "Since U Been Gone", "Walk Away" & "Behind these Hazel Eyes" I've decided she joins the top ranks of my fave Pop/Rock singers. For anyone who loves Ashlee, Avril, Cheyenne, Aly & AJ or Vanessa Hudgens, you should check Kelly C out! I'm so Kelly fanatic I even did a rendition of "Since U Been Gone" with my best friend for the school talent show. I could listen to this album on repeat the WHOLE day. I can't wait for Kelly's next album coming out!
Date published: 2006-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good! When I first got this CD, I realy loved the songs! I found myself always singing them. There was actually only 1 song I didn't like at first, but then I started to, after I listened to it more.
Date published: 2006-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great Actually, I used to not listen to any type of english music since I was really addicted to the songs in my own language, but after hearing Because of You , I had the interest of listen her whole album.. and then she starts my interest in listen English songs, which is great. I think songs like Addicted and where is your heart are the best songs...none of her songs have those teenage feelings, unlike singers like Ashlee Simpson.
Date published: 2005-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good... I really liked most of the Cd, but not all of it. Kelly Clarkson is a really good singer, but too many of her songs were SLOW!!!!!!!!!! Still, though, I do love the Cd.
Date published: 2005-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing cd this is my favorite cd. kelly clarkson is my favorite singer. she has an amazing voice and all of her songs are beautiful, meaningful and so amazing. she co wrote almost all the tracks from her cd. did you know that track no. 4 because of you was written by kelly herself when she was 16 and its about her family. her songs are about thing sthat matter to her and that should what everyone should listen to. ROCK songs are amazing it has meaning to it lyrics unlike HIP-HOP and RAP songs only talk about money, women, cars, luxury and sex. i recommend evryone should listen to this cd and you will be amaze.
Date published: 2005-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breakaway I like breakaway because kelly clarkson has a lot of enthusiasium. It maybe took her along time to make the song up and i think she took a lot of time into it because she wanted people to like her music and i think she is a great singer because she was the first american idol and i think that took her a long time to memorize.
Date published: 2005-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this is my favourite cd at the moment. its what you will find in my cd player right now and its constantly playing. the tracks vary from edgy/ rock music to slow/easy listening. the lyrics are awesome and im impressed that kelly clarkson co-wrote almost all of the tracks. its a great buy and i recommend it!
Date published: 2005-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant!!! This is not only a wonderful display of Clarkson's vocal abilities but also a huge leap over the puddles created by the Idol stigmas. Clarkson delves into a new sound - one that surprisingly fits her perfectly, and dare I say even better than some of her fellow pop-rockers. She shines as a vocalist, shows a great amount of energy and an ability to interprete songs and show emotional depths that may have been lost on the listeners on her debut album. Having written on half of the album, Clarkson takes huge steps in the right direction with this album. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2004-12-25

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Breakaway

Performers Kelly Clarkson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 30, 2004

Genre: Teen Pop

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: RCA

UPC: 828766449129


Title Track Time
1.Breakaway --
2.Since U Been Gone --
3.Behind These Hazel Eyes --
4.Because Of You --
5.Gone --
6.Addicted --
7.Where Is Your Heart --
8.Walk Away --
9.You Found Me --
10.I Hate Myself For Losing You --
11.Hear Me --
12.Beautiful Disaster - (Live) --

Editorial Notes

Kelly Clarkson was the first American Idol winner and the first vocalist to achieve success, but her 2003 debut, Thankful, didn't completely define her outside of the parameters of the show. While the dance-pop and adult contemporary ballads on that record were fresher than the music on AmIdol, Clarkson still hadn't escaped the show's shadow entirely: since it was a hit so close to her time on TV, it was easy to pigeonhole her as simply a creation of television, not a popular singer in her own right. So, her second album, Breakaway, released late in 2004, was a pivotal moment for her, a chance to prove that she was not a one-hit wonder, a chance to prove that she could have a real, vibrant career. Happily, Breakaway delivers on that promise. This time around, the dance-pop elements have been almost entirely stripped away, and the record instead is a rock-influenced, MOR pop affair, not entirely dissimilar to Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography, only a little bit smoother and not as heavy on guitars. Since Clarkson is a better singer than Simpson -- not only does she possess more chops, but she has more on-record charisma -- she can sell the material even when the slow tempos in the middle of record drag its momentum; she prevents the songs from sounding too samey. While there may be one too many ballads here, they often are very good and are sometimes excellent, like the light, layered, yearning title tune. Clarkson may be a fine ballad singer, but what gives Breakaway its spine are the driving, anthemic pop tunes like "Since U Been Gone," "Walk Away," and "You Found Me." These are the numbers that sound simultaneously mainstream and youthful, which is a hard trick to pull off, and they are the tracks that illustrate that Kelly Clarkson is a rare thing in the 2000s: a pop singer who's neither hip nor square, just solidly and enjoyably in the mainstream. After a bunch of rather blah mainstream pop albums, including a glut of half-baked AmIdol projects, this is a nice, low-key relief. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine