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Measure Of A Man


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 14 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000AGWEC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,413 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Invisible - Clay Aiken
2. I Will Carry You - Clay Aiken
3. The Way - Clay Aiken
4. When You Say You Love Me - Clay Aiken
5. No More Sad Songs
6. Run To Me - Clay Aiken
7. Shine - Clay Aiken
8. I Survived You - Clay Aiken
9. Solitaire (Bonus Cut)
10. Perfect Day
11. Measure of a Man
12. Touch

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No one will lament the passing of the boy band phenomena; now the American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has released his first album. He's picked up right where 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys left off, not only borrowing Andreas Carlsson, the Swedish songsmith who penned some of their biggest hits (also using the services of other well-known popmeisters like Desmond Child and Cathy Dennis) but turning out the same type of impeccable over-produced and seamless creations that the Orlando pop mafia rode up the charts at the dawn of the millennium. Now two years later, it seems like there's still quite a bit of life left in that tired zeitgeist, since Aiken's Measure of a Man debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, even outselling Ruben Studdard's debut album, the man who beat him on the second season of Fox TV's talent search. Well crafted and well sung, but devoid of any discernable personality or endearing idiosyncrasies, all of Aiken's overwrought tunes sound disturbingly the same, whether he's lamenting the lack of love in his life ("Invisible"), revealing in it ("Perfect Day"), or supporting his fellow man ("I Will Carry You"). Aiken invests little real emotion in his delivery, instead homogenizing the whole process, coming across more like a made-for-TV pop star than the real thing. --Jaan Uhelszki

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
I didn't watch American Idol, but a friend insisted that I buy Clay Aiken's CD ... and I am very glad that she did. While others have critized him as being "Broadway", I found the songs on this CD to be beautifully and powerfully sung but not "over the top". I really like almost all of the songs, especially Perfect Day and Shine, which have a beatlesque, retro feel to them; Invisible and Touch, which are upbeat and fun to move to; Measure of a Man, a beautiful and moving ballad; Run to Me and The Way, love songs with soaring vocals and great melodies. The one song that didn't really grab me is When You Say You Love Me - it sounds a little light and fluffy. The only "criticism" that I have about this album concerns production - I would have liked to hear a little more depth in Aiken's voice in some spots. Overall - a very solid CD and one that I anticipate listening to many many times!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Reader on Oct. 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
I admit it: I love Clay; I thought he should have won. This CD proves the point. The melodies draw you in and the lyrics speak to the heart. The songs showcase Clay's amazing voice with a relaxed feeling that was rarely captured on the American Idol show. Yes, there are a couple of "power notes" (as in "The Way") but mostly the songs manage to relax and energize simultaneously -- and all while remaining passionate and subtly affecting your emotions. Romantic, sad, joyful, shy, hopeful, surprised, resolution, even a touch of anger. Emotionally, the CD is brilliant. And it's very well engineered -- unlike "Bridge Over Troubled Water," the background vocals don't distract from Clay's voice by being too loud.
The acoustic guitar on "Invisible" was a surprise after hearing the song on the AI tour, but it's nice. My only (and slight) disappointment is that "Invisible" fades out rather than keeping the heartbreaking, whispered ending "Oh, wait, I already am" that Clay did in concert. "When You Say You Love Me" almost has a slight country feel; "No More Sad Songs" is harder both in tone and in the driving percussion. "Run to Me" may be one of the sweetest songs I've ever heard; the sentiment is so rare. The songs weave together beautifully and yet each one presents something different.
This is a CD not only to play in the background, but to listen to carefully, letting your ears feast on the rich vocals and the lovely melodies and allowing the passion and emotion of the lyrics to get under your skin. Not too many artists focus on melody and lyrics anymore--Clay's CD is a welcome change.
The Measure of a Man is an outstanding first release. And the measure of a great singer and a true American Idol.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "cinnameg21" on Oct. 19 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am going to try my hardest not to sound "cheesy" when I say that this is one of the best cds I have ever purchased!! The songs are pop-ballad (if that is a genre?) While waiting for this cd I imagined Clay would become the male equivalent to Celine Dion; great voice for ballads/adult contemorary and this cd didn't dissapoint that is exactly what it is. It reminds me a lot of Celine Dion's Power of Love cd where every single is very good, you won't have to skip over any one song.
I was playing the cd on very low volume during a gathering at my home and it caught a lot of attention from my guests. The songs are catchy, well versed and sung angelically. My favorite is "I survived you" great break up/it's over song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K P on Dec 9 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD is amazing! Normally when you think of a TV made pop star, you don't expect it to be that good, but Clay is definitely THAT good! He should have won! But I have listened to this CD at least 20 times and everytime, it just gets better. I know all of his songs by heart and the lyrics are so powerful. I recommend this CD to everyone!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although I haven't received my album yet, I have all the tracks on the album on my computer. Can't wait until the real thing arrives! Every song is awesome!!!
Clay said he is not perfect, well what person is, but this album is perfection. I have never heard an album where every track has grabbed me like this one does. The thought and caring he put into it shines through every song. I love them all, but in the odd event someone doesn't take to a particular song, you can bet there will be others that do. There is something for everyone. Enjoy this great music and this fabulous singer everyone, for here is a sales record breaker for sure.
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Clay Aiken has such a great voice! He sings so well.. It's easy to see that this is what he should be doing. This is a great album, but some other ones are better. Still, this will be a favorite for many, many years to come. I'm looking forward to anything Aiken for the next many, many years!
1. Invisible - Great song. Talks about wishing this girl would notice him. This isn't one of his better sounding songs though; there are some that he does much better on. That aside, 8/10
2. I Will Carry You - Amazing. Simply amazing. His voice sounds so good, the lyrics are great. This is a classic. 10/10
3. The Way - This was his second single from this album. It's great, and everyone knows it. 9/10
4. When You Say You Love Me - One of my absoulte favs. Talks about his fears of a gril not loving him like she says. It's so sweet. A quick song, lovely. 10/10
5. No More Sad Songs - Talks about how he's over a girl now, and he doesn't want any more sad songs. Sweet and a little sad. How ironic is that? But that's just because of the key this song is in, not the words. 9/10
6. Run To Me - Another one of my favs. He sings here about wanting this girl, but she's heartbroken. He's telling her to come to him as soon as she can. Very, very sweet. 10/10
7. Shine - A great song. It's just amazing, talking about how someone is going to shine in his/her life. 9/10
8. I Survivied You - Once again, one of my favories. He says here about how he survivied this girl cheating and lying to him. Amazing, and his voice is so perfect with this one. 10/10
9. This Is The Night - He sounds so good on this song. I played it again and again, so now I'm a bit tired of it. Nevertheless, it's a great song. 8/10
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