Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece Remixed Is A Soundscape Of Upbeat Dance-Pop
Piece by Piece garnered Kelly Clarkson a few Grammy nominations, and despite not winning said accolades, Clarkson has continued to promote her seventh studio album by issuing out a remix album that reimagined several of her songs in a new light. Consisting of two ballads and eight upbeat dance tracks, it’s new territory for the Texas native. Remix albums can be hit or miss, and Clarkson nailed it with commissioning a few top notch producers to tackle her discography. Not only is the result an album full of synth glory, the album managed to debut at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums.
Starting off the album is the personal title track. Clarkson performed the ballad version on the final season of American Idol and released it several days later. The emotional track left the judges and audience (and me) in tears as the singer recounted the hurt she felt from her father’s abandonment. Continuing on a slightly happier note, Lenno‘s take on “Heartbeat Song” is a jovial and euphoric moment, reminiscent of the positivity that led to Clarkson’s happiness. The second single from Piece by Piece has an unusual place in the remix album; “Invincible” features Vicetone inducing strength through loops and raucous pop. Frank Pole transforms my personal favorite, “Someone,” into three and a half minutes of ethereal dance-pop. Rounding off the first half of the album is the eclectic “Take You High,” remixed none other than by Henrik the Artist and Torjus. These artists transform the song into a wave of colorful sounds, becoming the highlight of the album.
Cutmore has become a favorite after remixing Jewel’s “Foolish Games” and he continues to astound with “Let Your Tears Fall,” turning the latter into pure synth that will uplift your soul. Another favorite cut is Young Bombs throwing “Dance With Me” to the wind, letting the night take it to the clubs. “Nostalgic” already had an 80s pop vibe, and Mighty Mike and Teesa up the ante by inducing another euphoric and energetic moment. Surprising me with its inclusion, “Second Wind” dives into the electronic abyss with the help of Cheat Codes, who help listeners achieve the strength that Clarkson found within her last LP. As a bookend to its opener, a live version of “Tightrope” is heard and it’s incredibly heartbreaking as Clarkson cries out about the complexities of human nature.
The sounds heard in Piece by Piece Remixed bear the happiness Clarkson has found later in life. The bombastic dance tunes will leave your heart warm, feet aching for the dance floor, all while knowing the hardships are only temporarily.