Without Regret

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Without Regret
Without Regret.jpg
Studio album by Kimberly Caldwell
Released April 19, 2011
Recorded 2009 - 2010
Length 40:21 (Original)
39:58 (Official release)
Kimberly Caldwell chronology
Kimberly Caldwell
Without Regret
Singles from Without Regret
  1. "Mess of You"
    Released: February 23, 2010
  2. "Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys"
    Released: December 3, 2010
Alternative cover
Original 2010 cover
Original 2010 cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Slant Magazine 1.5/5 stars[2]

Without Regret is the first major-label (and second overall) album from American Idol season two seventh place finalist, Kimberly Caldwell. The album was released on April 19, 2011.


Caldwell signed a record deal with Vanguard Records and Capitol Records, and her debut album Without Regret was scheduled to be released on April 6, 2010, but was delayed to a July 2010 release date due to the addition of three new songs: the single "Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys," "Naked" and "Hotter Without You," which replaced the songs "Cost of Love", "When I'm Not Around" and "Sleep While I Drive."

In December 2009, she released her first single "Mess of You" and in December 2010 she released "Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys." The video for "Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys" premiered on January 18, 2011 on VEVO.[3]

Without Regret was delayed again to December 31 and after a fourth delay, the album was finally released on April 19, 2011, over a year after the original release date.[4]


After the album was released, it charted at number seven on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, selling 3,000 copies on its debut week.


The album received negative reviews. AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave a rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars, writing: "Without Regret is designed as a reminder -- a full-blown, air-brushed, impeccably manicured collection of power ballads and updated arena rock designed to showcase Caldwell's strut. Frequently, all these machinations just wind up playing like a straitjacketed, tempered-down Kelly Clarkson, retaining the oversized production but lacking the gargantuan hooks or personality, for that matter." Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine gave the album's rating a 1.5 out of 5 stars, writing: "Something that Caldwell struggled with during her time on American Idol was with song selections, and Without Regret is undone by some frankly awful songwriting. ... Still, Caldwell does her damndest to sell the terrible material with conviction and sincerity. Her voice is actually interesting: Her husky alto has a heavy rasp, and she displays quite a bit of power in her lower register."


  • "Mess of You" was released as the first single on Caldwell's official website and MySpace page on December 17, 2009.
  • "Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys" was the second single released on December 3, 2010, which led to Caldwell to push back the release of the album to its current release date. The song debuted at number 30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play Chart.[5]
  • "Naked" was released as the third single in 2011.[citation needed]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Desperate Girls & Stupid Boys" Tommy Henriksen, BC Jean, Zac Maloy Tommy Henriksen 3:26
2. "Heart Like Mine" Kara DioGuardi, Chad Kroeger, Joey Moi Marshall Altman 4:01
3. "Naked" Espen Lind, Amund Bjørkland, Jean, Maloy Henriksen 3:03
4. "Hotter Without You" John-Mark Baxter Seltzer Henriksen, Seltzer, MachoPsycho 3:39
5. "Say Love" Kimberly Caldwell, Sean Michael Kelly, Andrew Thompson Altman 4:42
6. "Mess of You" Alana Grace, Michael Ochs Altman 3:10
7. "If You're Gonna Fall" Lucie Silvas, Jon Green, Dennis Matkosky Altman 3:43
8. "Taking Back My Life" Brett Epstein, Caldwell Altman 3:15
9. "Going Going Gone" Wayne Rodrigues, Eric Schermerhorn, Delisha Thomas Altman 3:50
10. "Frozen" Caldwell, Marshall Altman, Jason Gaviatti, Ryan White Altman 3:32
11. "Human After All" Caldwell, Altman, Kelly Altman 3:£2
Total length: 39:58


Credits for Without Regret adapted from Allmusic.[6]


Chart (2011) Peak
Top Heatseekers 7