Single Review: Kelly Clarkson
With 'My Life Would Suck Without You' having returned Kelly Clarkson to the top of the charts after the commercial failure of her previous album, what she needs now is another sure-fire radio hit to seal the deal.
Enter 'I Do Not Hook Up'. The song treads a similar path to its predecessor – formulaic, sure, but very satisfying. Clarkson knows her way around a straightforward pop-rock number, and she and Pink are really the only two female pop singers around at the moment with the vocal chops to pull off these sorts of crunchy, shouty anthems. Others, from Hilary Duff to Katy Perry , just sound lost in the mix, overpowered by the faux-rock flourishes surrounding them.
Oddly enough, 'Hook Up' is one of two tracks on Clarkson’s new album to have been co-written by Perry. It remains to be seen why Clarkson’s chart rival didn’t keep the song for her own patchy debut album – perhaps she felt the pro-abstinence message contained herein wouldn’t sit well with her own carefully cultivated bi-curious image.
Included on the single is an instrumental version of the song for any Idol wannabes who think they can belt out a song like Clarkson. Also included are two fairly uninspiring remixes of 'My Life Would Suck Without You': the Chriss Ortega radio mix attempts to turn the original into a soaring dance track, without much success. Better is the F&L radio mix, which keeps the chunky guitars of the original song, but adds a few beats into the mix.
Kelly Clarkson: I Do Not Hook Up is out on 22 April on Sony