Another day, another influential album. 🙂
Second on the list is…
Anybody else reallyyyyyyyy into American Idol back in the day? I know I was a huge fan of the ORIGINAL series (I’ve got opinions on the recent revival of the show–that’s for another post) that brought us the legend known as Kelly Clarkson.
I must admit, I wasn’t even rooting for Kelly to win the inaugural season of AI. I was a teenage girl back then, which meant I was squarely on #TeamJustinGuarini. (What can I say? He was cute, and I had raging teen girl hormones controlling my thoughts.) But Kelly definitely deserved to win. Homegurl can SANG. I enjoyed her debut album (Thankful) that came out as a result of her winning the show.
But her sophomore album Breakaway…that album was special. It was the soundtrack for my high school years, even though it didn’t come out until I was a senior.
For a long time, I didn’t know that the feelings of desolation I had were actually signs of depression. Breakaway helped me get through the pain I experienced (especially breaking up with my first boyfriend). One song in particular called “Hear Me” was my heartsong. I felt like I was in a crowd, screaming for help, and no one noticed.
I’m cryin’ out
I’m ready now
Turn my world upside down
I’m lost inside the crowd
It’s getting loud
I need you to see
I’m screaming for you to please
(If you haven’t checked our Part 1 of this series, please do!)