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Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson sings young adult angst the way it needs to be expressed,  honestly and with just enough edgy attitude that we really feel the chip on her shoulder, all her hurt and disappointment.

Song: Since U Been Gone
Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Album: Breakaway

A confessional song about her bad her life life has been and it all the other person's fault.


A straightforward uptempo 8th note groove.

Very melodic rock with good architecture and repetitive phrases that contrast well from section to section.

Sparsely voiced triads in major diatonic harmony sometimes missing a note.

I V vi V I (5x) iii IV I iii IV I vi IV I ii vi Vsus V

A A B C A A B C D C C’

Verse Verse Pre-Chorus Chorus Verse Verse Pre-Chorus Chorus Bridge Chorus Chorus

A modern guitar voicing with a rhythmic edge.

Sparse, modern sounding, clean and focused from beginning to end.

The queen of angst really sticks it to ya.

Predicted Longevity
A classic record that should live for quite a while with its tear your hair out audience. The melody should keep it in circulation much longer than most songs in this genre.

Album Cover: Breakaway

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