Meaning of Life

Meaning of Life

by Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson


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With Meaning of Life, Kelly Clarkson opens up a new chapter of her career, moving from RCA to Atlantic Records. Switching labels gives Clarkson the freedom to pursue a different kind of music, an opportunity she seizes here by leaning hard into soul and R&B. Clarkson doesn't entirely abandon adult-leaning pop -- Greg Kurstin, one of the producers du jour in 2017, comes aboard for the sparkling "Would You Call That Love," a song that glistens -- but there's an undeniable soulful undercurrent on Meaning of Life. Certain styles bubble to the surface -- "Love So Soft" has a bounce straight out of Motown, "Heat" has a bit of gospel fire, "Move You" is Southern vamp -- but even if the construction is a throwback, the production on Meaning of Life is thoroughly modern, a seamless hybrid of retro flourishes and crisp electronics. There's a clean sheen to the sound, but Clarkson never seems to be chasing trends. As the title suggests, there's a maturity in the perspective of Meaning of Life: it's filled with songs about love and living, it's rooted in the past and living in the moment. The blend of contemporary and classic suits Clarkson, who sounds assured here in a way that differs from her earliest records. Controlled and confident, she certainly has her share of showstopping moments, but Clarkson always keeps her focus on the songs, which are consistently strong -- maybe her best overall set of songs yet. Even if they're not, Meaning of Life is one of her most satisfying albums: it feels like not just a collection of good tunes, but a statement of purpose.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2017
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678659843
catalogNumber: 563941
Rank: 158630

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelly Clarkson   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Gary Bias   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Joel Derouin   Violin
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Glenn Fischbach   Cello
Larry Gold   Conductor
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Greg Kurstin   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (Baritone),Mbiri
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Maureen McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris McHugh   Drums
John Paris   Drums
Verdine White   Bass
Morris O'Connor   Guitar
Jason Halbert   Piano,Harp Keyboards,Hammond B3
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Eric Peterson   Guitar
Gerry Hilera   Violin
Erika Duke   Cello
Mark Hill   Bass
Sean Davidson   Synthesizer
Lester Estelle   Drums
Jennie Lorenzo   Cello
Michael Pollack   Piano
Songa Lee   Violin
Dana Little   Cello
Aben Eubanks   Guitar
Neel Hammond   Violin
Andreas Geck   Bass
Serena McKinney   Violin
Jesse Shatkin   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Bells
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Priscilla Renea   Background Vocals
Mario de León   Violin
Nicole Hurst   Background Vocals
Jessi Collins   Background Vocals
Sean Erick   Bass,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Jeff Gitelman   Guitar,Soloist
Trevor Laurence   Drums
Tommy King   Organ,Piano
Davis Barnett   Viola
Charles Parker   Violin
Reggie Young   Trombone
Brian Schultz   Bass
Leon Silva   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Regiment Horns   Trumpet
Joseph Trapanese   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Andre Davidson   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Buddy Ross   Organ,Piano
Gabriel Noel   Bass
Ray Brown   Horn,Leader
Nick Ruth   Organ,Guitar
Jacob Braun   Cello
Jessica Karpov   Background Vocals
Sean Kantrowitz   Guitar
Bridget Sarai   Background Vocals
Henry Flory   Violin
Mario Deleon   Violin
Gared Crawford   Violin
Tim Landauer   Cello
Piotr Filochowski   Violin
Kevin Williams   Trombone,Tuba
Srdjan Dimitrijevic   Guitar
Philip Townes   Organ
Bobby Burns   Trumpet
Joe Cleveland   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Bob Horn   Engineer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Maureen McDonald   Composer,Vocal Producer
Robert Stevenson   Vocal Arrangements
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Jason Halbert   Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Shane D. Wilson   Engineer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
John Hanes   Engineer
Sean Davidson   Composer,Programming,drum programming
Kelly Clarkson   Composer,Executive Producer
Michael Pollack   Composer,Additional Production
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Amy Kuney   Composer
Jesse Shatkin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Vocal Producer
Jim McCormick   Composer
John DeNosky   Vocal Engineer
Katie Pearlman   Composer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Priscilla Renea   Composer,Vocal Producer
Paul Baily   Engineer
Mick Schultz   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Sean Erick   Composer,Programming,drum programming
Ilsey Juber   Composer
Audra Mae   Composer
Shawn Daugherty   Engineer
Nick Spezia   Engineer
James Morrison Catchpole   Composer
Monarch   Producer,Brass Arrangment,Vocal Producer
Regiment Horns   Brass Arrangment
Iain Findlay   Engineer
Andre Davidson   Composer,Programming,drum programming
Brittany Coney   Composer
Jordan Silva   Engineer
Jussi Karvinen   Composer
Nick Ruth   Composer,Programming,Producer
Eddie Spear   Engineer
Michael Harris   Engineer
Denisia Andrews   Composer
Justin Levy   Vocal Arrangements
Julian Burg   Engineer
Jessica Karpov   Composer,Vocal Producer
Molly Kate Kestner   Composer
Greg Burke   Art Direction
Evon O. Barnes   Composer
Fade Majah   Producer
Jussifer   Producer
Pat Linehan   Composer
NOVA Wav   Producer
Samuel Dent   Engineer

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