Kelly Clarkson’s “Tell Me A Lie” Sounds Incredible, Honestly

Kelly Clarkson may still be selecting songs for her new studio album, for all we know, and if so, we’re starting to understand why it “sucks” to settle on a tracklist: she has too many good songs. “Tell Me A Lie” (which may or may not be new) just surfaced, and it kicks. Is there a chance this is the original American Idol‘s first new single? Listen below.

Tell me anything, but don’t you say she’s what you’re missing, baby / If she’s the reason that you’re leaving me here tonight / Spare me what you’re thinking / Tell me a lie“, Kelly sings with rafter-reaching power over a bouncing tempo. Based on the production, the track does sound like it might’ve been a leftover from All I Ever Wanted, but it’s hard to say for sure. Prophet says it’s “clearly in demo form awaiting a good spit and polish”, and yet we’re already imagining it blasting from car speakers in September (the album’s expected release date).

“Tell Me A Lie” comes after she introduced “You Still Won’t Know What It’s Like” live, and previously unreleased jams “Naked Eye” and the ballad “Lost” hit the Web. And it might just be the best new Kelly Clarkson song we’ve heard yet. We’re not expecting the track list to include the Ryan Tedder-skewering “Wash, Rinse, Repeat” — not because it’s not hot, but because Kelly’s label “was not really into it :)”. Wonder why.

Kelly told fans she recorded her last song for the album back in February, but September is a long way off, and track lists change all the time. She has been listening to a lot of Adele and Lykke Li, and it’s not difficult to imagine that inspiration may strike anew. But — not that it’s a surprise — it’s clearer than ever that she’s already sitting on a stack of hits.

How does “Tell Me Lie” stack up? Be honest, now.

[Via MJ]

  • jacqui

    i hope this is on her new record! i LOVE IT!! :) this is painful waiting for kellys new record, she is amazing and has such an incredible voice! been a fan since day one and stoked for the new record in september i hear! rock on kelly, i really like this song! :)

  • jayjay

    that voice, that high note the lyrics ugh its PERFECT! RCA for once in your pathetic career do something write and just fix this up and then release it as even a benefit single

  • SoundofEros

    Kelly Clarkson!

  • Dan

    Of course I love everything she puts out but this would be a very mediocre single.

  • ted

    OMG, LOVE IT. It’s going to be a frustrating 2 months until Kelly’s 1st single. Love her.

  • sassy

    I love everything that Kelly sings. I doubt it will be on the new album now since the full song leaked. I hope the album has more of the bluesy quality of the Eric Hutchinson song she did at the Ali fund raiser or the song she did about the African orphans. I like more of that direction for her new album. Kelly likes different types of music on her albums. I hope it is not all pop songs.

  • MarlonBrutal

    yeah, i love Lykke Li too

  • chris

    I hope that if this song ends up on the album they get rid of the autotuned vocals and give us what we love about Kelly: rough, true vocals!
    great song though! reminds me so much of Naked Eye.
    Needs polishing though

  • Jess

    This song was perfect. If it was not included in her next album, then it needs to be. Can’t wait for September to come!! :)

  • sassy

    I love the leaked song called “Lover Stay”. Anyone know how I can hear the entire song? YouTube only has about 30 seconds of it. Love it so much. Wish Kelly would throw that one on her new album.

  • greg

    fuuuuck….Kelly …..release single now!

  • JRD

    This girl is the BEST singer out there today! Nobody even comes close. Her range, style and ability are without peers.
    This album should dominate when it’s finally released. Unlike Beyonce she won’t need an orchastrated hype machine to pump up sales.

  • Splashadian

    As far as a single goes its not quite good enough but as a demo from her new album its a great tune. I think with the proper production and mastering this is a really solid tune.

  • Cynthia

    Uhmm does anyone know that this song is by One Direction? lol

  • Madison

    Kelly Clarkson wrote and gave this song to 1Direction. This song has been released in May 2011, much earlier than 1D.