Kelly Clarkson, Eric Hutchinson, Parachute | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Kelly Clarkson, Eric Hutchinson, Parachute Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Tue., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. 2009

Who'd have suspected that the first season of American Idol would end up giving us one of the best and most outspoken pop singers of the decade, not to mention the closest thing to a loose cannon currently making regular appearances in the Top 40? After a one-two punch of bland-tertainment in 2003 (the box office bomb From Justin to Kelly and her debut album, Thankful), Kelly Clarkson suddenly turned good and got interesting. "Since U Been Gone," the second single from 2004's Breakaway, merged her prodigious voice with the single best slice of polished pop-rock ever devised by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, and the result was so devastatingly awesome that snobs were getting into it even before Ted Leo's cover version made it safe for indie kids. Her 2007 album My December, which she cowrote, ran afoul of label megaboss Clive Davis during production—he was afraid its dark tone and rock leanings would hurt its commercial performance—but instead of backing down Clarkson took the dispute public, and the record came out intact. She worked with proven unit movers for this year's All I Ever Wanted (RCA), but that's hardly proof that the music industry has squeezed the fight out of her: she recently put in-demand songwriter Ryan Tedder on blast when she noticed that the song he'd sold her as "Already Gone" had backing tracks an awful lot like the ones he'd written for Beyonce's "Halo." —Miles Raymer

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