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Judgement Day: Pop Heaven or Hell? (Adam Lambert – Better Than I Know Myself)

(Buy “Better Than I Know Myself” on iTunes!)

Forgive me Pop Gods for I have sinned. It has been approximately 14 minutes since my last confession…

There was a time when I really didn’t care for Adam Lambert.

Before you flood me with hate mail or start looking for spare pitchforks and torches, let me say that I have truly enjoyed and supported everything that he’s done post-American Idol. There was something about the way everything happened on his season of American Idol that just made me… not a fan…  despite repeated conversations with my mother about how much she loved him. I would say that I was probably pretty intense about my non-fan-ness for a time, though truly I can not give you a reason in retrospect. Perhaps it just took me some time to understand what he’s about as an artist.

Regardless of the rhyme or reason in the baginning, the fact remains that my opinions have changed! I feel that I have just had an epiphany!

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Judgement Day: Pop Heaven or Hell? (Kelly Clarkson / “Stronger”)

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
Released: October 24, 2011 Worldwide! (Purchase it on iTunes: Standard / Deluxe)

THE SHORT: “Stronger” is a powerhouse set that manages to blend soul, country, dance, pop and rock into a cohesive album referencing Kelly’s past eras and venturing into throwback territory with a strong 80’s and 90’s influence. While it has big shoes to fill, and I’ve always asserted that “My December” is Kelly’s masterpiece, “Stronger” is, hands down, Clarkson’s best overall album to date.

(For track by track reactions and previews of several album tracks you can check out the long version after the break…)

THE LONG (I’m not kidding, I’m long winded and if there is one person this guy can ‘fangirl’ over, it’s Saint Kellegend: Our Lady of Broken Hearts)

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