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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath" Is Just Okay

Kelly Clarkson's songs really fall into two categories, don't they: 1.) mom-safe pop like "Mr. Know It All," "Because Of You" and "Already Gone," and 2.) balls-to-the-wall jams like "Since U Been Gone," "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "Miss Independent."

Like her most recent chart-topper "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," new single "Catch My Breath" somewhat straddles the thin line between the two. And that's what's given her the elusive longevity other singers would kill for in the music biz — the ability to get her singles onto multi-format radio playlists. Like Pink, you'll be hearing Kelly's shit on Top 40 stations, adult contemporary stations, in the grocery store and in the elevator till the end of time.

Playing it safe, of course, often makes for a bland listening experience. I'm still on the fence, myself, about "Catch My Breath." But I'll probably come around, eventually.

The song, off Clarkson's upcoming Greatest Hits: Chapter 1 collection, is out tomorrow on iTunes.



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