12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Talent show winners often still have a lot to prove—that their success can be sustainable or that they have more to offer than just an amazing voice. Though her debut album Thankful was massively successful, it was on the 2004 follow-up Breakaway that she really began to reveal her true potential. Moving away from the R&B-inflected sound of her first record, she produced an album of anthemic and driving guitar-based songs—still a must-have record for pop fans the world over.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Talent show winners often still have a lot to prove—that their success can be sustainable or that they have more to offer than just an amazing voice. Though her debut album Thankful was massively successful, it was on the 2004 follow-up Breakaway that she really began to reveal her true potential. Moving away from the R&B-inflected sound of her first record, she produced an album of anthemic and driving guitar-based songs—still a must-have record for pop fans the world over.

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