Amy C. from GRAND RAPIDS, MI Reviewed on 6/22/2010...
Amber L. from RICHLAND HLS, TX Reviewed on 9/29/2009...
What a great first album from Kelly Clarkson; this is pop music at it's best. I still give it a listen from time to time.
Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
A terrific debut album
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 03/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kelly Clarkson deserved to win on American Idol and this album proves it. Thankful features Kelly performing a broad range of musical genres and that impresses me. No matter what comes her way on this CD, Kelly Clarkson proves she is up to the challenge. The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very good, too.
"The Trouble With Love Is" has a bluesy and even soulful flavor to it and Kelly's excellent diction bolsters her performance even more. "The Trouble With Love Is" is a very pretty ballad about the angst that can come when we fall in love and things don't necessarily go right. The percussion makes the music sound so well as Kelly sings. "Miss Independent" sounds most like modern pop mixed with some modern day R&B to spice it all up; this tune showcases Kelly Clarkson's fantastic ability to do a complex number without singing a superfluous note! The musical effects are excellent and "Miss Independent" is clearly a major highlight of this album. "Miss Independent" also highlights Kelly's ability to be a songwriter; Amazon correctly notes that Kelly wrote this with Christina Aguilera.
"Some Kind Of Miracle" has that soulful, modern day R&B flavor to it and this works very well. Kelly bats this straight out of the ballpark and "Some Kind Of Miracle" is a number I could never tire of hearing when Kelly sings it. Again, the percussion makes the musical arrangement very strong. In addition, "Just Missed The Train" rocks hard but Kelly never misses a beat--she tackles this like the pro that she is and always will be! Kelly sings "Just Missed The Train" to perfection--and beyond! If you had any doubt about Kelly Clarkson's ability to perform, by this point in the CD song set you'll be assured that she's a major talent.
"You Thought Wrong" has a modern pop flavor to it mixed with a bit of hard rock and R&B; Kelly and Tamyra Graysings do this one up right! I really like "You Thought Wrong;" and listen also for the title track "Thankful." "Thankful" puts Kelly Clarkson squarely front and center--great! The backup chorus helps--not that Kelly needed it; but it sounds pretty good anyway. "Anytime" has more soulful currents and a slower tempo mixed with a touch of gospel; and Kelly delivers this every bit as good as the other numbers on the CD.
The CD ends with Kelly performing two more songs, "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love." "Before Your Love" is most passionate and I feel all the emotions Kelly sings of when I hear her sing this ballad. "Before Your Love" is a tender ode to the joys of falling in love and just how much love can change your life for the better.
Kelly Clarkson will remain a special talent for years to come. She can take just about any type of song and deliver it with passion, style and class. This album is, of course, a "must-have" for her fans (as if they didn't know that already) and it also makes a great starter CD for people just getting to know the greatness of Kelly Clarkson's talent. "
Very ~"Thankful"~ For this Debut!
paramorefreak12795 | 04/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was an amazing Debut! She deserved to win idol! She can really sing!....i understand that it has been a few years since this CD came out...but i didn't have an account at the the time! LAWL! :]......I have listened to this a lot and it gets a lot of playtime on my ipod classic as well. The singles with this again really stand out on this album. as do with her other singles & Albums! That is a good thing not a bad thing! Remember that! LOL! :).....A moment like this and before your love are not really new mixes as they are or sound like they are re-recorded....they are better this way though. This cd is more focused on the pop stuff then the pop/rock stuff which is o.k. cause i like pop music to. The vocals on here are great. She just has an amazing voice. This is not the best from her out of all four albums but still is 5 stars worthy! :]......If i had to put a standout song on here...low is my choice. being on of the singles it really stands out from the rest...but my favorite song on here is a moment like this! That song is just amazing!!!!! I love it! You should get this if you don't have it already!"
Thankful Kelly doesn't sound like this anymore
Hard Rock Cafe | USA | 03/14/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't really a favorite CD of mine by Kelly. It was her 1st so it was heavily influenced by "American Idol". Thankfully she escaped that influence."