Kelly Clarkson is a hot commodity among American Idol and pop music fans alike- so hot, in fact, she and her label decided to release "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" early because of the proliferation of online leaks of inferior versions of the track.
Her new album, Stronger, is due October 24 and "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger") seems to be the de facto title track from the album. Clarkson feels strongly about it, having proclaimed it’s a bit of an anthem, meant to empower listeners.
There is a strong "love yourself and screw the world feeling to it," much like the powerful, dance-y “Since U Been Gone.” The song opens with quivery synth sound and she tells who I presume to be an ex of some sort,
“You know the bed feels warmer, sleeping here alone
You know I dream in color, and do the things I want.”
This sets the tone for the rest of song and I’m assuming this is the loose theme of the entire album with her first single being a kiss off to an anonymous “Mr. Know it All.”
This recent song along with the album’s title were obviously taken from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous quote; "That which does not kill us makes us stronger” which seems to loosely be the theme of many of Kelly’s songs throughout her career, even songs that appear to be clear cut breakup songs can be interpreted to be to a family member, friend, or business associate who has done her wrong and pissed her off enough to sing about it.
"What Doesn't Kill You" is better in just about every way than "Mr. Know It All." The hook is more immediate. The chorus:
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone"
...will get stuck in your head (sorry/you're welcome), and her voice sounds fabulous.
We don't condone internet leaks of copyrighted material at BlindedBySound but this may be one of those "silver linings in the cloud" scenarios (or a clever piece of marketing by CampKelly for the more cynical among us). Listen to “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and let me you know you think.