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Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Clarkson holds out for a man who’ll love her sacrificially (“Walk Away”), and thanks someone—possibly God—for sticking with her through hard times (“You Found Me”). Avril Lavigne co-wrote “Breakaway,” which finds a dreamer promising not to forget her roots or loved ones as she prepares to “take a risk, take a chance, make a change” and leave her mark on the world.

Objectionable Content

More than a half-dozen songs dwell on the emotional fallout and angry recriminations of failed romance. “Gone” and “Because of You” leave the singer with trust issues. There’s agony and hatred “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” Clarkson turns that bitterness on herself with the despairing “I Hate Myself for Losing You” (“Now dying doesn’t seem so cruel ... not sure that I’ll pull through”). “Addicted” complains, “It’s like you’re a drug ... a leach sucking the life from me.” But instead of going cold turkey, she says of this leach, “I need a fix ... just one more hit.” The expressions “d--n” and “for god’s sake” are disappointing.

Summary Advisory

Bitten by the angst bug, Clarkson has moved away from the misty optimism of her debut, Thankful. Bright spots are few. These lyrics aren’t exactly offensive, but they may compound emotional strife in moodier teens.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

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Profanity/Violence

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Genre

RockPop

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Performance

Album peaked at No. 3. The title cut was a Top-10 single.

Record Label

RCA

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Released

On Video

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Awards

Reviewer

Adam R. Holz Bob Smithouser

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