Kelly Clarkson Bombs
Or did she? A podcast about her new album.
Is Kelly Clarkson's My December a pop music Heaven's Gate? For the past several months, Clarkson has been the music biz gossip item No. 1—bickering with record mogul Clive Davis, firing her manager, canceling her tour—and many industry insiders had written off My December as an epic flop weeks prior to its release. Now the album has arrived, with a dozen guitar-powered confessional rock songs nearly loud enough to drown out the surrounding snarky din. On this week's Mixing Desk podcast, Craig Marks, editor in chief of Blender magazine, joins Slate's Jody Rosen to discuss what happens when an American Idol winner decides to follow her muse—label heads and Swedish song doctors be damned.
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Jody Rosen is Slate's music critic. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.