It’s hard to believe that Kelly Clarkson has been around for nearly 10 years.
Since her debut on American Idol Kelly has pretty much been a queen of pop music. She brings a great perspective on life for women to her music and people really connect with her. Kelly’s voice is unique and powerful. She has been a pop star. But in recent years she’s been showing up in country music and it was only a matter of time before she had her first solo country release.
Here is Mr. Know It All.
Mr. Know It All – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly has not been needing a hit these days. She’s been riding high on a string of pop hits that has taken her 10 years into a successful career. That’s about 10 times as long as most pop stars last. She’s a true talent and that makes her move into country music all the more interesting.
It seems that Kelly is truly trying to spread her wings and challenge herself creatively. There is no real need for her to come into country music from a commercial standpoint although I’m sure that’s part of the motivation. I think there is a genuine desire on Kelly’s part to grow as an artist and the progression to country has been positive both for her and for country fans.
Kelly first appeared in country music when Reba did a duet of Kelly’s song Because Of You in 2007. Kelly once again appeared in late 2010 with the Jason Aldean duet Don’t You Wanna Stay. Both songs were huge hits and introduced Kelly to the country audience although I’m sure many of the fans already knew her and her music.
Last year Kelly released this song, Mr. Know It All. The pop version was very successful and so were the follow up singles. Kelly made the bold move just a month or so ago to release a new version of this song to country radio and the results have been impressive. The song is climbing the charts and Kelly is entering new career territory.
Mr. Know It All is a very country story in my mind. It’s about a woman that feels she’s been wronged by her guy. He thinks he has her all figured out, but what he doesn’t know is that there is more to her than what is there on the surface.
It seems like we all deal with this in life. We struggle to make things work with someone and they think they have us figured out in just a few moments. Is it even possible to ever have someone completely figured out?
I’m not so sure.
The song is about personal conflict and struggle. That’s as country as it gets right there.
But what do you think of Kelly and her country song?
Please share your thoughts.
CML Points: 80/100
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