Clarkson tried some new techniques on this thirteen song set (seventeen songs on the deluxe album). For inspiration, she turned to such artists as Sheryl Crow, Tina Turner, Radiohead, and many others.
These songs definitely have a feel of R&B, country, dance/pop, and some good old soul.
One thing Clarkson really strove for was to record her voice with the same authenticity she shows in all her live performances with as little auto-tune processing as possible.
Just like her albums in the past, all songs seem to portray her feelings whether on life or love; she knows just what to sing. Clarkson co-wrote seven of the seventeen songs she sings.
She loves the title she chose for the album: “Stronger”. She says it is “very much about strength and empowerment, so ‘Stronger’ felt like the perfect title. Plus that song is just a gold mine – it’s a little bit pop, a little bit urban, a little bit dance, and it ties everything in. And everyone loves that message, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’; it’s a perfect representation of my life.”
You may notice in one song titled “The Sun Will Rise” there is an unfamiliar voice accompanying Clarkson. This is the voice of Kara DioGuardi. DioGuardi was a judge on American Idol and has written many other songs of Kelly Clarkson’s that soon became hits such as “Walk Away” from Kelly’s album “Breakaway”. She has also written songs for known groups like Florence and the Machine, Bo Bice, and Clay Aiken.
It is usually the same on every CD, where there are those certain songs that just are not as great as all the others. Songs such as “You Love Me”, “Einstein”, and “Hello” fit under this category. “You Love Me” just didn’t quite hit me like the rest with its lyrics and sound. The lyrics of “Einstein” were just a little silly for me, but not in a funny silly way. There are also other songs that seem to have a little good humor like, “Don’t Be a Girl about It.”
Overall, “Stronger” is a great new addition to Kelly Clarkson’s collection of albums throughout her ten-year career after coming in first place on season one in the highly acclaimed television series, American Idol. It is an incredible improvement from “My December” or “All I Ever Wanted”. The CD was certainly worth the wait.