I must admit it. I own a KELLY Clarkson album. It was in the used bin at CD Exchange in Northfield several years back — her sophomore effort, Breakaway that is — and I picked it up because I had heard the song “Since U Been Gone” on the radio and could dig the passion in this young Idol winner’s voice. I wanted to hear the rest of the album.
I still have the CD and although I haven’t popped it in the old player in a long while, I remember that I listened to it many times after buying it and, well, Kelly’s still OK in my book.
Clarkson, who turned down an interview request for Atlantic City Weekly (who does she think she is, Madonna?), returns to Atlantic City this weekend at the Taj and our resident American Idol fanatic Lori Hoffman writes in this week’s cover story that Clarkson’s fourth album, All I Ever Wanted, is a return to Clarkson’s “pop and dance song roots.” Maybe she does think she’s Madonna after all.
Over at the Borgata, Don Rickles returns to Atlantic City for the umpteenth time and Michael Pritchard interviews the comic legend in this week’s feature.
Also inside, David Spatz interviewsTony Danza, Frank Gabriel writes about the abundance of fantastic farmers markets in our area and the plentiful goods they have to offer at this time of the year, and AC Weekly contributor Stef Gordon gives a closetful of tips regarding what’s in vogue this fashion season in this year’s “Fall Fashion Guide”.
Finally, a few sneak peeks. I was lucky enough to hear a couple albums that are due for release next Tuesday, Oct. 13 — the Flaming Lips’ psychedelic new release Embryonic and Bob Dylan’s turn as Nat King Cole with the singer-songwriter’s first ever holiday album, Christmas in the Heart. As far as the latter goes, everyone — Dylan fan or not — should pick this one up as all of the proceeds from its sales will be donated to the charity Feeding America. The album is pretty fun, too. A nice and strange collection for Christmastime this year. Think Tom Waits impersonating Bing Crosby impersonating Blind Willie Johnson.
The Lips’ new one, like Dylan’s, is for discerning tastes only. There’s a lot of fuzzed out funk and dreamy episodes on Embryonic, but only after a few listens, I’ve fallen in love with it.
Reminder: Regarding our 35th Anniversary – if you have any old pictures or clippings from the old Whoot! or Atlantic City Weekly, we want them for inclusion in our big 35th anniversary edition coming out early next month. Likewise, if you were ever featured in an article in the Whoot! or Atlantic City Weekly (advertisers too!), drop me a line, we may want to interview you for inclusion in the special edition we’re working on.
“I know my son would have wanted it. And I have to work. It’s not good to mourn like this, and I have to work. I’m able to do it, I know I am.”