All I Ever Wanted is the fourth studio album by American singer Kelly Clarkson, released on March 6, 2009 by RCA Records. After the controversies that surrounded her previous studio album, My December (2007), which was seen as darker than her other two albums, Clarkson went on to record a more pop-oriented album. In order to do so, she enlisted her previous collaborators Max Martin, Dr. Luke, (whom she worked with on her 2004 second album, Breakaway), Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello (whom she worked with on her 2003 debut album Thankful), and new collaborators, Ryan Tedder, Howard Benson and Dre & Vidal. Originally entitled Masquerade, its title was changed due to the similarities to other albums released at the same time, such as Pink's Funhouse (2008) and Britney Spears' Circus (2008). All I Ever Wanted was considered lighter and less angry than her previous effort, though it also features pop rock and pop punk-inspired songs, as well as dance and soul. Its cartoon-colored artwork was criticized by reviewers and Clarkson herself for using too much photoshop. All I Ever Wanted mainly deals with themes of romantic relationships, dignity, independence and emotional truthfulness. It also features five covers, with Clarkson writing six out of the fourteen tracks on the album. The album received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, who praised her approach with mainstream music, without losing her identity and personality.
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