01 - Heart Like Mine 04:01 02 - Going Going Gone 03:50 03 - Mess Of You 03:10 04 - Say Love 04:22 05 - Human After All 03:32 06 - Taking Back My Life 03:15 07 - Cost Of Love 05:00 08 - Frozen 04:01 09 - If Youre Gonna Fall 03:43 10 - Whem Im Not Around 03:40 11 - Sleep While I Drive 03:07
Putting out my debut album is the ultimate dream come true, says Kimberly Caldwell about her upcoming release Without Regret. Ive been a performer my entire life and everything Ive done has led up to this moment. Im looking forward to people finally getting to know the real me, because Im laying it all out there for them on this album.
Perhaps best known as a second season contestant on television phenomenon American Idol, Caldwell struck a chord with millions of the shows viewers thanks to her gutsy vocals, passionate performances, and earthy charisma. On Without Regret, she wields her full-throttle belt to maximum effect on a series of emotionally resonant, pop-inflected rock songs, several of which she co-wrote. There are buoyant, propulsive rockers (female empowerment anthem Going Going Gone and first single Mess of You), the fiery and powerful (Cost of Love and Heart Like Mine), as well as soaring, graceful love songs (Say Love and the soulful If Youre Gonna Fall). Caldwell also covers Melissa Etheridges Sleep While I Drive as a tribute to Etheridge, whose Come to My Window Caldwell performed memorably on Idol. We kind of conceived this album as a modern-day Melissa Etheridge moment, Caldwell says. Im a massive fan of hers, as well as of Bonnie Raitt and Ann Wilson. I just love these fearless female rockers who sing straight from the heart.
Caldwell strove to achieve the boldness of her favorite artists on Without Regret by recording songs that spoke to her, such as Cost of Love (written by Diane Warren) and Heart Like Mine (co-written by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and Nickelbacks Chad Kroeger), as well as co-writing four highly personal songs: Taking Back My Life, Human After All, Frozen, and Say Love all of which document the different stages and emotions surrounding relationships. For Caldwell, the overall theme of Without Regret is just being human. Like everyone else, Ive had hardships: broken family, broken hearts, and thank God I did because Ive been able to write honestly about the experiences in my life that have affected me in both good ways and bad, she says. If my music can give someone that push they need just to keep on going, then Ive done my job.