The definitive ranking of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Piece By Piece’ tracks [album review]

Kelly Clarkson - Piece by Piece - album cover photo

Let’s start with the obvious here: Piece By Piece is Kelly Clarkson’s best album so far. And no, I’m not saying that just because I’m a huge stan. I’m saying it because it’s the truth.

But why is it her best, you ask? For one, this is her most experimental album to date. I know that’s not saying much–after all, when you’re doing pop music, how “experimental” could you really be? It’s relative and subjective. However, by combining elements of RnB, bubblegum pop, and EDM in one cohesive record, Clarkson has outdone herself. She’s also never sounded so sure.

I like all of the songs from Piece By Piece, but here’s a totally subjective ranking of all the tracks. (Just don’t ask me to rank them again in a month–I’m sure my favorites will change again then.)

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Lady Gaga’s recent reinvention part of a long-term strategy

Billboard.com profile of Lady Gaga's reinvention (including her tribute to the Sound of Music at the Oscars)
Photo credit: Chip Wass via Billboard.com

If you watched this year’s Oscars, you’ve probably seen Lady Gaga’s vocally perfect tribute to the Sound of Music. And if you’re like everyone else, you were probably blown away by the performance and thought, holy shit, Lady Gaga can actually sing.

Just like her many infamous performances in the past, Lady Gaga’s Oscars performance was shocker—but it was a shocker for a different reason. For one, Gaga was fully dressed, she seemed really happy, and she wasn’t trying to preach about being “born this way.” Oh, and there weren’t any blood, bathtubs or grinding during the performance.

As it turns out, that number is part of a plan–a long term plan that sees Lady Gaga reinvent herself. (Gaga also took the stage at this year’s Grammys, performing a nice duet with Tony Bennett.)
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Is Carly Rae Jepsen too old for her new single? The Globe and Mail thinks so

I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen (single art work)

Carly Rae Jepsen released her comeback single this week, and the pop world is impressed. Similar to her mega-hit “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen’s new single “I Really Like You” is catchy—like, ridiculously, over-the-top catchy. No surprise that people really like it. (Lame pun intended.)

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“Piece By Piece” is Kelly Clarkson’s most personal (and best) song since “Because Of You”

Kelly Clarkson - Piece by Piece

If you’re not ready yet for Kelly Clarkson’s new album, you better change that soon because the “Heartbeat Song” diva is ready to unleash it to the world. Piece By Piece will be released in North America on Tuesday, March 3rd, but Clarkson has been giving fans a sneak peek this week, releasing tracks on iTunes and sharing a couple of songs on VH1.com.

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Kelly Clarkson is “Invincible” in new ‘Piece by Piece’ track

Kelly Clarkson - Piece by Piece - album cover photo

It’s (literally) less than two weeks before the release of Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece, but we haven’t heard much new music so far from the project with the exception of “Heartbeat Song.” That should change quickly in the next few days as Amazon is expected to release one song each day in the next week.

RELATED: Did Kelly Clarkson already graduate from Mainstream Top 40? 

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