A little while back there was a big hullabaloo on celebrity gossip websites about Kelly Clarkson's new album, and BMG head Clive Davis, who was undoubtedly hoping for another recordful of Since You Been Gones, basically wrote it off as complete garbage.
Understandable. It's clear from the get-go why Davis was concerned. If he's in the business of releasing commercially viable pop music, then My December is probably not what he had in mind.
That said, Clarkson continues to prove she's the only good thing to come out of the laughable mess that is American Idol so far, and a talented songwriter to boot.
Moving further away from sugar-coated post-Idol fare, Clarkson steps up with more rockers and a few ballads that, while not all destined to be radio hits, are all convincing and emotionally bare. Songs like closing track Irvine, with its haunting Kid A-era Radiohead quality (no joke), hint at much better things to come.