Kelly Clarkson Returns With Anthemic “Heartbeat Song”: Listen

Kelly Clarkson Details 2015 Album
Last night (January 3), Kelly Clarkson took to Twitter to set the record straight on her forthcoming seventh album.

Kelly Clarkson is back, and she’s taking it up, up, up, up all night long.

After teasing the title, release date and a brief teaser of her comeback song last week, the original American Idol superstar has returned with her first non-Christmas album (Wrapped In Red) related single since 2013’s country-tinged marriage jam “Tie It Up.”

The anthemic, arena rock-leaning lead single from her forthcoming album Piece By Piece, which is due out in March according to a new interview, sees Kelly’s pulse raising while falling in love above kicky drums, guitars and hints of ’80’s synths: “I got pins and needles on my tongue anticipating what’s to come/Like a finger on a loaded gun,” she belts. The production is both Top 40 radio-friendly and somewhat unexpected (and vaguely reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World‘s “The Middle”), as the tempo suddenly slows for the song’s sing-along chorus, yet the pop-rock anthem still feels undeniably, classically Kelly Clarkson.

What do you think of “Heartbeat Song”? Listen to the song after the jump, and let us know in the comments below.