Kelly’s fifth album reminds me of her second album and most successful to date Breakaway. Just like that album, Stronger includes songs that will appeal to a lot of different music listeners. Kelly goes from upbeat dance tracks, to slow ballads, to midtempo songs, to songs that contain more of a rock-ish feel. She even goes country on one of the deluxe bonus tracks!
You’re probably wondering which tracks are my favorite so far? I have a ton, which includes “Mr. Know It All,” “What Doesn’t Kill You,” “Dark Side,” “Honestly,” “You Love Me,” “Einstein,” “Standing In Front Of You,” “I Forgive You,” “Hello,” and many more! The album is filled with potential single-to-be’s that I can’t even begin to think about an all-time favorite!
You’re also probably wondering if I recommend this album to you? I say YES! If you’re a Kelly fan who owns a bunch of her previous albums like myself, then I say definitely buy it. If you’re not really a fan of hers, but are still into pop songs, midtempo songs, ballads, rock songs and much more, then I say you should definitely give it a chance – or at least preview it first!
If you decide you want to buy the album, I recommend purchasing it on Kelly’s official website. Why you say? If you make your purchase their, you also have the chance to receive Kelly’s very first EP titled The Smoakstack Sessions. This bonus disc contains re-worked versions of songs from this album, as well as a song from one of her previous albums. Don’t worry though, they are not slower versions or acoustic versions. They’re actually very entertaining!
As I said before, I wasn’t excited at all or really expecting a lot from this album when I heard Kelly was in the studio recording songs for the set. After listening to it, I absolutely love it and it’s one of my favorite albums this year so far! A must have!