Track Review: Kelly Clarkson, ‘It’s Quiet Uptown’
Pop sensation Kelly Clarkson makes an appearance on the Hamilton Mixtape, covering “It’s Quiet Uptown.”
Pop sensation Kelly Clarkson appears on the upcoming Hamilton Mixtape, due Dec. 2, 2016. The Hamilton Mixtape features covers by various artists of the music from the blockbuster musical. Kelly Clarkson covers “It’s Quiet Uptown.” Interestingly, “It’s Quiet Uptown” was among the first covers released ahead of Hamilton Mixtape.
Clarkson treats “It’s Quiet Uptown” like an urban-pop ballad. This interpretation isn’t a bad look. It opens with lush pads, rivaling the 80s-inspired sound of Piece by Piece. This makes “It’s Quiet Uptown” a nice fit for Clarkson.
Throughout its course, Clarkson delivers a performance characterized by clear, rich vocals. The main rub is that it loses some of its theatrical oomph. Had Clarkson had some additional assistance like the original, it would’ve kicked this cover up a notch.
All in all, Clarkson gives a well-rounded performance on “It’s Quiet Uptown.” Honestly, who would expect anything less from Clarkson? That said, it’s not quite as exciting, memorable, or as rousing as the original. Still, this is a sound performance.
Various Artists • The Hamilton Mixtape • Atlantic • Release: 12.2.16
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