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August 07 - 13, 2022
Year of Release: 2003
The Trouble With Love Is
Some Kind Of Miracle
What's Up Lonely
Just Missed The Train
You Thought Wrong
A Moment Like This (New Mix)
Before Your Love (New Mix)
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Where it all began... The FIRST American Idol winner... Kelly Clarkson. When the show was in its first season, I had just caught the tail
end of it, where the lasat remaining contestants, were Justin Guarini, and Kelly Clarkson. The winner was Kelly, and the runner up was Justin. Seeing this
show definitely caught my interest, and I would definitely want to watch Season 2. I continued watching each season, until the eleventh season. From Season 11 on,
I pretty much lost interest, as the contestants just didn't have that great talent as the previous seasons. Not to say that EVERY season's winners and runner ups
were the ones that were the TRUE talents to win. Many contestants that you would think should have gone further, didn't. In fact, some of the ones that were
sent home way too early did much better than the actual winners and runner ups. (Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, to name two.)
There has been 20 seasons of American Idol, and very few winners have still stood out. Kelly clarkson is one of them. Her, and Season 4 winner
Carrie Underwood have been the top 2 winners that everyone would agree, that they had (and still do) the talent of singing, and true winners in their own rights.
Since her first season win, Kelly has recorded nine albums, as some of those have been Christmas releasaes. She's also achieved three #1 hits, and many other hits.
Thankful would be her first official debut album. Season 1 runner up Justin Guarini would release his first album as well --
Justin Guarini. (His debut album was reviewed this week, in 2009.)
Unfortunate for Justin, he hasn't had a successful music career as Kelly's. (Most other Idol runner ups didn't also.)
Kelly Clarkson's debut showcases her talent, that she can sing just about any common style of music, especially R&B/Soul. There are quite a few of those here,
and they truly standout than those of the actual hit singles the appeared from this album. The album opens with a true soulful song, "The Trouble With Love
Is." Very soulful, indeed. "Miss Independent" was one of the hit singles, along with "Low" (a decent Rock tune), and "The Trouble With Love
Is." "A Moment Like This" was released before the Thankful album was released, on the American Idol: Greatest Moments album. This was the first
album of the season finalists' and to promote the winner of American Idol's first single release ("A Moment Like This.") A new mix was released for
Thankful. "Before Your Love" was also first recorded, along with "A Moment Like This." A new mix was released for Thankful as well.
More on the soulful side - "Some Kind Of Miracle" and "What's Up Lonely" are two songs that are equally soulful, and Kelly could practically sing
anything, including R&B / Soul. On that note, there's another good R&B tune, the title track, "Thankful." And, mixing R&B and Rock, there's You Thought
Wrong," a song that also includes another American Idol Season 1 finalist, Tamrya Gray, who finished fourth place. The remaining tracks -- "Just Missed
The Train," is a good Pop sounding song, "Anytime" is a nice ballad (ending the album). And is "Beautiful Disaster" a Pop, Rock or maybe Country?
Overall, it's another good track for Kelly, and for her first album.
Kelly Clarkson's debut album Thankful is a very good debut. Her beginnings as a singer from winning the first season of American Idol would pave
the way for a very successful singing career. With seven albums, and many hits for her, her singing would also include having a family, and a succewsful television
talk show. I'm sure she is "thankful" that her talents have given herself a very promising and fulfulling life. You will be Thankful in enjoying her debut
album. She is still #1, in many regards to many.
As mentioned, I lost interest in watching American Idol regulary, since Season 11. Although I did catch some of the new judges - Lionel Richie,
Katy Perry and Luke Bryan - I was more impressed by the judges, rather than the contestants. I never did finish watching the entire season with the new jdges.
My argument is this: In the beginning, many of the winners and runner ups had their first album released by year's end. (A good Christmas present, no doubt.)
Although as the years went by, the releases of the Idol winners' first albums were released farther than the year that they won. Here's a list of those
winners and runner ups, and their debut album released dates
|Season #||Winner Names||Winner's first album release date||Runner Up||Runner Up's first album releae date|
|Season 1, 2002:||Kelly Clarkson|
|Season 2, 2003:||Reuben Studdard|
Measure Of A Man
|Season 3, 2004:||Fantasia Barrino|
|Season 4, 2005:||Carrie Underwood|
The Real Thing
|Season 5, 2006:||Taylor Hicks|
|Season 6, 2007:||Jordin Sparks|
Audio Day Dream
|Season 7, 2008:||David Cook|
|Season 8, 2009:||Kris Allen|
For Your Entertainment
|Season 9, 2010:||Lee DeWyze|
Live It Up
|Season 10, 2011:||Scotty McCreery|
Clear As Day
|Season 11, 2012:||Phillip Phillips|
World From The Wrong Side Of The Moon
Me, You & The Music
|Season 12, 2013:||Candice Glover|
This Old Thing
|Season 13, 2014:||Caleb Johnson|
||Jena Irene Asciutto|
|Season 14, 2015:||Nick Fradiani|
|Season 15, 2016:||Trent Harmon|
You Got 'Em All
Already All Ready
|Season 16, 2018:||Maddie Poppe|
||Caleb Lee Hutchinson||TBA|
|Season 17, 2019:||Laine Hardy|
Here's To Anyone
||Alejandro Aranda (Scarypoolparty)|
|Season 18, 2020:||Just Sam||TBA||Arthur Gunn||TBA|
|Season 19, 2021:||Chayce Beckham||TBA||Willie Spence||TBA|
|Season 20, 2022:||Noah Thompson||TBA||HunterGirl||TBA|
When you win on American Idol my assumption is that the winners get to record and release new music/album(s), as soon as you've won...
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