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Kelly Clarkson, ‘Mr. Know It All’ – Song Review

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Kelly Clarkson has finally shared her new single in the form of the super confident ‘Mr. Know It All,’ which will appear on her next album ‘Stronger,’ due out Oct. 25.

The original ‘American Idol‘ has been teasing, via Facebook status updates, that the new album would siphon from many genres, such as rock, country and blues, and guess what? She didn’t let us down.

Here, Clarkson tears a page out of the neo-soul book of Joss Stone, as her voice is sexier, smokier, huskier and raspier as she sings “You don’t know a thing about me / That’s why I’m leaving you lonely” over and over. She’s a girl who will not be messed with, and that’s why this song will resonate with the ladies in the 18-34 demo, and perhaps beyond.

The song is mid-tempo and a little more adult contemporary than we are used to from Clarkson, but it also has a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll edge. It never gets too “hard” for her fanbase, however. It’s softer rock, with a little bit of ’70s cool.

Clarkson’s biggest single ‘Since U Been Gone’ was such a success because it was a pop ditty with a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll edge and Clarkson is revisiting that formula a bit. No, ‘Mr. Know It All’ does not sound like her first single, but it is cut from a similar cloth. Clarkson ups the soulful, bluesy ante with her singing, proving that she is evolving. She also tosses around that sassy factor that was present on ‘Since U Been Gone.’

‘Mr. Know It All’ is mostly percussive underneath Clarkson’s voice, which asserts itself when she sings, “You think you know me.” She also adds: “I am living my truth without your lies” and “I ain’t coming back tomorrow.” She is a strong, determined woman. When she sings, “You still think I’m coming back /But baby you’ll see,” she’s freeing herself and the music reflects that notion.

‘Mr. Know It All’ is proof that when we think we know Kelly Clarkson, she throws us for another musical loop, doing things a little differently.

Listen to Kelly Clarkson, ‘Mr. Know It All’

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