I Forgive You

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"I Forgive You"
Song by Kelly Clarkson from the album Stronger
Recorded February — April 2011
Hollywood, California
(2nd Floor Studios)
Genre Pop rock, power pop
Length 3:04
Label RCA
Writer Rodney Jerkins, Andre Lindal, Lauren Christy
Producer Darkchild, Lindal

"I Forgive You" is a song by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson, included on her fifth studio album Stronger (2011). It was written by Darkchild, Andre Lindal, and Lauren Christy; with Darkchild and Lindal handling the production and Christy providing additional background vocals. Musically, "I Forgive You" is a pop rock song with influences of power pop and synthpop.

The song has received generally positive reviews from music critics. Due to digital sales after the album's release, the song charted at number 1 in South Korea, becoming Clarkson's second number one song after "Mr. Know It All".

Background and composition[edit]

"I Forgive You" is a pop rock song with a length of 3:04 (3 minutes and 4 seconds), with influences from synthpop and power pop fueled by rumbling guitars and drums,[1][2] with its lyrical content dealing with themes about forgiveness of relationships. It was written by Darkchild, Andre Lindal and Lauren Christy, with additional background vocals by Christy. The track also marked the first time Darkchild (who was prominently known for producing R&B and hip hop tracks) produced a pop rock song and he pitched it to Clarkson who agreed the same evening.[3][4] Brent Paschke, a guitarist for the American pop rock band Spymob, played the guitars along with Dan Warner of the production duo Los Gringo. Lee Levin, also of Los Gringo, performed the drums; and Thaddaeus Tribbett, a bassist for English recording artist Estelle, performed the bass guitar on the song. In July 2011, a demo of the song was leaked online.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"I Forgive You" has received generally positive reviews from music critics. Chris Willman of Reuters remarked that the song "sounds like nothing but power-pop fun, even though its Cars-style rock riffage and synth gurgles lead into a surprisingly cathartic expression of absolution."[6] Jason Lipshutz of Billboard pointed out that the song has the most arresting opening line, but also noted that "If only the rest of the song didn't go through the pop-rock motions."[7] Jason Scott of Seattle Post-Intelligencer remarked, "Chalking up wreckless behavior to not being old enough to know better, the tune lays "no shame, no blame" on the contagious lyrics and Clarkson's ability to make everything out of nothing."[1] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times pointed out its similarities with Clarkson's previous songs, most notably "Since U Been Gone" (2004), but noted that "this happens on all of Ms. Clarkson's albums, though — the shadow of that song, one of the pop highlights of the last decade, is too long to dodge completely."[8] Matt Busekroos of the Quinnipiac Chronicle remarked that the song "is a fun pop track, but this one sounds like a retread of past songs."[9]

Chart performance and live performances[edit]

Boosted by digital sales following the album's release, "I Forgive You" debuted at the Gaon Single Chart with 170,655 copies on the week ending 29 October 2011.[10] It stayed at the top the following week with 122,856 copies,[11] before descending to number 2 with 59,707 copies.[12] Clarkson included the song on the set list of the two concert tours supporting Stronger, the Stronger Tour and the 2012 Summer Tour.[13][14]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits lifted from the liner notes of Stronger,[15]

Recording
Personnel
  • Songwriting — Rodney Jerkins, Andre Lindal, Lauren Christy
  • Production — Darkchild, Andre Lindal
  • Vocals — Kelly Clarkson
  • Background vocals — Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Christy
  • Bass — Thaddaeus Tribbett
  • Drums — Lee Levin
  • Recording engineers — Eric Greedy, Mike Donaldson, Orlando Vitto

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon Single Chart)[10] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Scott, Jason (29 October 2011). "Music Review: Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (Deluxe Edition)". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Lansky, Sam (24 October 2011). "Kelly Clarkson — 'Stronger' — Album review". Popcrush.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Halperin, Shirley (4 April 2011). "Rodney Jerkins: The 'Idol Worship' Interview". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Hits The Studio With Darkchild, 'American Idol' vet teams up with 'Telephone' writer/producer for upcoming album". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "More Kelly Clarkson Songs Leak Online, 'What Doesn't Kill You,' 'I Forgive You' and 'Dumb + Dumb = U' hit the Internet over the weekend, following earlier leak of 'Let Me Down.'". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Willman, Chris (24 October 2011). "Review - Kelly Clarkson "Stronger" lives up to title". The Wrap (Reuters). Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (24 October 2011). "Kelly Clarkson, 'Stronger': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. New York, NY: Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Caramanica, John and Chinen, Nate (25 October 2011). "Former ‘American Idol’ Now the Voice of Vengeance". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Busekroos, Matt (25 October 2011). "Clarkson Redeems her 'Idol' Status with 'Stronger'". Quinnipiac Chronicle. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "가온차트와 함께하세요" [South Korea "Gaon" international sales - 29 October 2011]. Gaon Single Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 20 September 2012. "To access, select "2011" as chart year and select the chart period "10/23/2011 - 10/29/2011"" 
  11. ^ "가온차트와 함께하세요" [South Korea "Gaon" international sales - 29 October 2011]. Gaon Single Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 20 September 2012. "To access, select "2011" as chart year and select the chart period "10/30/2011 - 11/05/2011"" 
  12. ^ "가온차트와 함께하세요" [South Korea "Gaon" international sales - 29 October 2011]. Gaon Single Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 20 September 2012. "To access, select "2011" as chart year and select the chart period "11/06/2011 - 11/12/2011"" 
  13. ^ Caramanica, John (22 January 2012). "Music review — Happily Up to Her Ears in Angst". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Angermiller, y Michele Amabile (16 January 2012). "Kelly Clarkson Gets Personal at Atlantic City Tour Stop: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Stronger (inlay cover). Kelly Clarkson. RCA Records, 19 Recordings. 2011. 

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