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MPAA Rating
Genre
Rock, Pop
Performance
Topped out at No. 2. "Never Again" became a Top-10 pop single.
Record Label
RCA
Reviewer
Adam R. Holz and Bob Smithouser
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

My December

Pro-Social Content

The disc scores points for its emotional vulnerability. Clarkson longs to give her heart away to a man she can trust ("Yeah"). Such cautious yearning also shows up on "Can I Have a Kiss" and "Sober" (on which she proudly resists chemical painkillers). "Irvine" expresses loneliness and desperation in an achingly sincere prayer to God. The singer holds out hope for fresh starts and happier times on "Be Still" and "Maybe."

Objectionable Content

She angrily describes giving her body to an ex on "Don't Waste Your Time." Suggestive language turns "Yeah" into a sexual proposition. Profanities dot the lyrical landscape of "Hole" (a cynical emotional meltdown) and "Never Again" (a malicious rant at a now-married lover). "How I Feel" jealously chafes at the happiness of others. A jilted woman claims to favor whiskey over intimacy, telling her former partner, "You are crap!" ("Chivas").

Summary Advisory

Shrugging off the hit-makers who advised her before, Clarkson insisted on doing My December her way. Once bristling with sharp pop hooks, her songs have grown moodier, angrier and more raw—proof that overnight celebrity isn't a one-way ticket to peace and happiness.

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