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Review: Kelly Clarkson tour brings wide range of music to Xfinity Center

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 7:15 pm

MANSFIELD - The Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece tour brought high energy, emotion and eclectic musical entertainment Sunday night to the Xfinity Center.

As Clarkson herself said on stage, each of the performers on her tour offers different music styles, from the sassy songs of country-pop newbie Abi Ann, the multifaceted pop-rock stylings of Eric Hutchinson along with a cappella mashups from the popular Pentatonix and, of course, Clarkson herself, who delivered a wide range of pop music and emotion in her songs.
Clarkson gave a spirited and emotionally charged performance of fan favorites and new songs. Opening with "Dance With Me" and barefoot throughout most the show, Clarkson sang from the front of the stage, connecting with her audience.

Other songs that kept people on their feet included "Catch My Breath," "Mr. Know-It-All," followed by a heartfelt new song written by Ceil, "Let Your Tears Fall." Clarkson's country-pop songs are easy to sing along with and much of her set was a big sing-along with her fans joining in. Clarkson also featured talented local singer Shannon from Millis as part of new concert element - open mic night.

A highlight of Clarkson's set was when Pentatonix joined Clarkson on stage for "Heartbeat Song."

Clarkson continued her set with a cover of Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive," and another new song, "Invincible," which was well received by the audience. She followed up with a melody of some of her older hits and some of my personal favorites, "Because of You/Don't You Want to Stay/Breakaway" and led into a new original song "Tightrope," and the title song, "Piece by Piece," both about relationships.

I particularly liked the beat of "Piece by Piece;" it is a testament to Clarkson's diversity as singer and songwriter. She concluded her set with a spunky Bruno Mars melody of "Walk Away/Uptown Funk" featuring her back-up singers.

But of course, that was not the end as the audience begged for more, and Clarkson continued with "Bang, Bang" and another fan favorite "Miss Independent."

Right from the start there was non-stop entertainment with Abi Ann opening. With "My Future Ex-boyfriend" and original song "Truck Candy," which she wrote as a response to the "bro-country" movement, she definitely has the talent and stage presence to give Taylor Swift a run for her money - definitely one to watch on the country-pop scene.

The entertainment continued with multi-talented Eric Hutchinson, and he is pretty good - at least that's what the sign said on stage. The audience was in agreement as he rotated from keyboards to guitar and had them rocking to songs "A Love Like You," "All Right With Me" and ending his set with a spritely "A Little More" mashed up with Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" and "Hey Ya." Hutchinson is another one to watch with ease on stage and showmanship.

The energy continued with the highly anticipated performance of Grammy -award winning a cappella group, Pentatonix. With the popularity of the movie franchise "Pitch Perfect" and reality show "Sing-Off," a cappella has gained in popularity. Pentatonix, winner of "Sing-Off" season 3, did not disappoint as the audience got to their feet to cheer as they entered the stage with opening number, cover of Ariana Grande's "Problem." They continued to demonstrate their harmonic skills and vocal instrumentation with covers of "Love You a Long Time," "No Place I'd Rather Be" and a stirring tribute to Michael Jackson with a melody of his most popular hits.

However, a brief interlude of a Gregorian chant fully demonstrated their harmonies with bass Avi Kaplan kicking it off. Kaplan is also the vocal percussionist. He is joined by Mitch Grassi, tenor; Kristen Maldonado, soprano/alto; Scott Hoying, baritone and celloboxing Kevin Olusata. They finished off the set with their award-winning Daft Punk medley.