Live review: Kelly Clarkson

Braehead Arena, 16th October 2012

Kelly Clarkson sure knows how to make an entrance.

Walking out to AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long, images of her throughout the years were projected on stage, and she proceeded to kick off the night with My Life Would Suck Without You.

And you know what? Pop music would suck without you Miss Clarkson.

She is case in point of that rare rarity – a winner of a talent contest that has had a lasting career. Clarkson has been in the music business for 10 years and has more than proved her worth as both a singer and songwriter.

You also definitely get your monies worth when it comes to her live concerts; no flashy props (unless a bass player in a kilt counts?), no miming, no diva behaviour – what you get is an amazing live performance which shows just how good a singer she is. Oh, and some good on stage chat too.

Two covers were performed on the night – the twinkle of camera phones (rather than lighters) were seen swaying back and forth across arena for her version of Fun’s We Are Young, as well as a great Clarkson-fied cover of Walking On Broken Glass by Annie Lennox, who she confessed to having “geeked out on” when she met her. She also performed a piano version of Never Again which turned the song into something completely new.

Add to this a duet of Don’t You Wanna Stay with a projected image of country star Jason Aldean and it just proves that pretty much any genre of music you throw at her, she can sing.

Although where she is strongest is in her self proclaimed “sassy” songs – the singing into the hairbrush anthems such as Since U Been Gone, Mr Know It All and Walk Away were a sure hit with the crowd and got the place singing and dancing along.

So what does Kelly Clarkson offer at her live concerts you might be wondering? A mix of genre’s, fantastic vocal ability, banter with the crowd and songs you can dance along to –  really, what more can you ask for?


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