After the controversies that surrounded her previous studio album, My December , which was seen as much darker than her other two albums, Clarkson went on to record a more pop-oriented album. In order to do so, she enlisted her previous collaborators Max Martin , Dr. Originally entitled Masquerade , its title was changed due to the similarities to other albums released at the same time, such as Pink 's Funhouse and Britney Spears ' Circus All I Ever Wanted was considered lighter and less angry than her previous effort, though it also features pop rock and pop punk -inspired songs, as well as dance and soul. Its cartoon-colored artwork was criticized by reviewers and Clarkson herself for using too much photoshop.
It is a pop song about taking a chance on pursuing a flawed relationship in spite of it being a "long shot. The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who found it to be a "fun" pop song but also generic and unmemorable. According to the digital sheet music published by MusicNotes. The song's lyrics explore the inherent risk of starting or continuing a romantic relationship. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the cover for "illustrating why [Clarkson]'s a better pop star" than co-writer Katy Perry , writing that the former sounds "impassioned and invested" in her performance, but "better still In February , two Hot AC stations in Canada began playing "Long Shot" as a potential radio single, leading it to enter the New and Active category for the week ending March 6, with 82 plays. Credits adapted from the All I Ever Wanted liner notes.
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Kelly Clarkson's debut album, Thankful , was released on April 13, The album reached 1 on the Billboard Hot chart and is certified 2x Platinum in the United States. Kelly Clarkson's sophomore album, Breakaway , was released on November 30, The album reached 3 on the Billboard Hot chart and is certified 6x Platinum in the United States.