New Album Reviews: Kelly Clarkson – Greatest Hits Chapter 1
Freddie Matthews writes from London: It’s hard to believe that it was just over 10 years ago that Kelly Clarkson won American Idol in September 2002. In those 10 years she’s sold over 36 million records. This is quite frankly astounding and let’s not forget her two Grammy awards also. Even Britain’s Leona Lewis, who is quite possibly our biggest talent show success, hasn’t even achieved one third of Ms Clarkson’s sales, which puts those figures into so much more perspective.
I suppose the Chapter 1 means that sometime in the future, although I’d be surprised if it’s another 10 years in the making, Kelly will release her Greatest Hits Chapter 2, 3 and maybe even 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and when she’s about to retire at the age of 60 Chapter 10. Anything to boost that pension eh?
This cd is also available as a deluxe set that includes a DVD pack as well, featuring 14 of Kelly’s most memorable videos. It’s pretty good value for money as you also get a cd packed full of her pop hits and a bonus of 3 brand new songs also.
There’s no denying that any greatest hits collection is a great excuse not to buy the albums leading up to the release. You can always guarantee you’ll be getting the biggest hits and in this case that couldn’t be more true with songs like: Since U Been Gone; My Life Would Suck Without You; Miss Independent; Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You); Behind These Hazel Eyes; Because Of You; Mr. Know It All etc. etc. etc.
This is a sing your heart out, at the top of your voice, in car classic, Kelly Clarkson compilation that you should buy your girlfriend for Christmas. There’s no doubt about it.
New Album Reviews: Girls Aloud – Ten
Another 10 years in the business but this time it is the all girl, now woman, group from London. Since winning, Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 you’d be forgiven for thinking that, like Kelly Clarkson, this is Girls Aloud’s first greatest hits compilation but you’d be wrong. Someone somewhere in their record company world thought it a great idea just four years into their career to release The Sound Of Girls Aloud in 2006 which may well have seemed a little strange at the time. However in the fickle world of the pop industry who was to say whether or not Girls Aloud would actually last any longer than a whole four years together.
Despite taking a break back in 2008 and that hole in the market being filled by The Saturdays, there would seem to be a true place for Girls Aloud in the UK music scene. They are one of the most successful UK pop acts to come from a television show and still be successful today. That success is pretty impressive also as Girls Aloud have 5 top 20 albums under their belt, of which their last Out Of Control was a UK No. 1 in 2008.
As Girls Aloud 10 is a reflection of the biggest and best hits from the last ten years you can be assured of all their hits including: Sound Of The Underground; I’ll Stand By You and The Promise which have been their 3 UK No. 1s for starters, as well as: No Good Advice; Jump; Biology; The Show; Sexy No No No and that list goes on and on and also includes 4 brand new songs of which track 1 Something New announces well and truly that Girls Aloud are back to stay.
If you want girl pop, with catchy lyrics and hooks galore, then Girls Aloud Ten is a must have.
If you’re looking for a party cd or something your girlie mates will know at the office party then either Kelly Clarkson or Girls Aloud’s tenth anniversary greatest hits cds is probably the perfect soundtrack. Personally, I’d rather go to the dentist for a root canal, without an anaesthetic, than listen to this untalented shite.