A Thousand Different Ways

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Clay Aiken may be sporting a fashionable shag haircut these days, but on his third studio album, he sticks with his now-familiar -- and endearing -- earnest and squeaky-clean sound. In keeping with his image as a romantic crooner, the American Idol runner-up is in full ballad mode -- 8 of the album's 14 songs are covers of seminal love songs from the past few decades. Aiken turns in an impassioned vocal on a lushly orchestrated version of the Bad English smash "When I See You Smile," gently rocks his way through Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting," and delivers an emotive interpretation of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," spiced up with electric ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Clay Aiken may be sporting a fashionable shag haircut these days, but on his third studio album, he sticks with his now-familiar -- and endearing -- earnest and squeaky-clean sound. In keeping with his image as a romantic crooner, the American Idol runner-up is in full ballad mode -- 8 of the album's 14 songs are covers of seminal love songs from the past few decades. Aiken turns in an impassioned vocal on a lushly orchestrated version of the Bad English smash "When I See You Smile," gently rocks his way through Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting," and delivers an emotive interpretation of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," spiced up with electric sitar nuances. Elsewhere, Aiken shows his vulnerability via a strings-soaked reading of Dolly Parton's country-pop nugget "Here You Come Again" and an ethereal rendition of the Mr. Mister hit "Broken Wings," featuring spoken-word vocals by poet Erin Taylor. Equally notable is a duet with vocalist Suzie McNeil on an uplifting reading of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," sans gospel choir. The album's newer material also impresses, from Aiken's collaboration with David Foster acolyte William Joseph on the beautiful, piano-driven "Everything I Have" to "These Open Arms," an epic Jon Bon Jovi/Desmond Child-penned cut that packs the punch of a Bon Jovi power ballad. This unlikely heartthrob continues to march to the beat of his own MOR drummer, making wholesome, tastefully presented pop that nostalgic moms can enjoy alongside their tween daughters.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The endlessly delayed A Thousand Different Ways, Clay Aiken's second proper album, was long-awaited, at least by the hoards of fans enthusiastically calling themselves Claymates, of which there are many. There were enough Claymates to make the American Idol season two runner-up one of the two biggest stars the show has produced to date -- the other, of course, being Kelly Clarkson -- propelling his debut album, Measure of a Man, to number one upon its 2003 release. Chart success means a lot, particularly for an American Idol, and it would seem that blockbuster success would embolden a pop star. That certainly was the case with Kelly Clarkson, who came on strong with her second album, forever banishing the specter of AmIdol as she swaggered through the irresistible "Since U Been Gone." Given Kelly's example, it would seem that Clay could have come out swinging with A Thousand Different Ways and do something interesting, but A Thousand Different Ways isn't risky: it's an album made directly for fans and makes Measure of a Man seem daring. This record has a couple of new made-to-order tunes for Clay, but for the most part it consists of songs you know by heart, equal parts popular standards and adult contemporary. Clay sings Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting," Badfinger's "Without You," Hall & Oates' "Every Time You Go Away," Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)," Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," and Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings." He does a really nice job with Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" (the closest thing to a genuine surprise here), rivals Celine Dion on "Because You Loved Me," and naturally does a pretty good job with Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word." The cumulative effect of all these covers plus the new songs is like a season of American Idol in microcosm: it's uncannily like listening to outtakes from the show. And it's the first album from any American Idol contestant to sound exactly how they did on the show. Justin Guarini, George Huff, Josh Gracin, and even William Hung sound different on record than they did on the show -- but not Clay, one of the few genuine American Idol superstars. He sounds exactly how you remember him from TV, which means that A Thousand Different Ways will particularly satisfy the Claymates -- but the truth is, they probably would have stuck with him under any circumstances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767884622
  • Catalog Number: 78846
  • Sales rank: 146,880

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clay Aiken Primary Artist
Russ Irwin Guitar, Keyboards
Tommy Barbarella Keyboards
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Michael Bland Drums
Marshall P. Coid Violin, Concert Master
Larry Corbett Cello
John Fields Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Erik Friedlander Cello
Dean Parks Guitar
Shawn Pelton Drums
Charlton Pettus Bass, Guitar
Doug Petty Hammond Organ
Carol Pool Violin
Jason Scheff Background Vocals
Phil Solem Background Vocals
Nikki Hassman Background Vocals
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Owsley Guitar
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Ken Chastain Percussion
Jimi Englund Percussion, Drums
Emanuel Kiriakou Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Esbjörn Öhrwall Electric Guitar
Rob Shaw Violin
Greg Suran Guitar
Tom Leonard Background Vocals
Stephen Lu Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Dorian Crozier Drums
Per Magnusson Keyboards
Adam Anders Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Andreas Carlsson Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Cornelius Dufallo Violin
Ralph Farris Viola
Mats Berntoft Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Dinklage Violin
Sebastian Nylund Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Gold Viola
Samuel Waermo Percussion
Johannes Nyberg Electric Sitar
Morgan Grace Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Emil Heiling Background Vocals
Rebecca Walker Background Vocals
William Joseph Piano
Lara Lynne Hickes Viola
Quiana Parler Background Vocals
Michele Richards Violin
Thomas Bundberg Bass
Mairi Dorman Phaneuf Cello
Peter Ijung Piano
Brian Krinke Violin
Frederik Larsson Piano
Cliff Lin Electric Guitar
Henrik Nordenback Percussion, Drums
Owsley Suran Guitar
Matthew Funes Viola
Ryan Brown Drums
Technical Credits
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
Russ Irwin Programming, Producer, Engineer
David Foster String Arrangements
Ed Ackerson Engineer
Tommy Barbarella String Arrangements
Jeff Bova String Arrangements
Jules Chaiken String Conductor
Tom Durack Engineer
John Fields Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Marti Frederiksen Producer, Engineer
Humberto Gatica Producer
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Henrik Janson String Arrangements, String Conductor
George Marino Mastering
Charlton Pettus Programming, Producer, Engineer
Alejandro Rodriguez Digital Editing
Steven Miller Engineer
Nikki Hassman Vocal Producer
Dorothy Lawson Principal
Suzie Katayama String Conductor
David Krueger Arranger, Programming, Producer
David Channing Engineer, Digital Editing
Emanuel Kiriakou Programming, Producer, Engineer
Brent Paschke Programming, Engineer, Digital Editing
Stephen Lu String Arrangements, String Conductor
Chris Brooke Engineer
Brett Kilroe Art Direction
Per Magnusson Arranger, Producer
Adam Anders Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
Andreas Carlsson Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Ralph Farris Orchestra Leader
Alex Anders Engineer
Vivian Ng Art Direction
Bo Reimer Drum Engineering
Supaflyas Arranger
Joe Wohlmuth Digital Editing
Samuel Waermo Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Brian Wohlgemuth Digital Editing
Rasmus Billie Bähncke String Arrangements
Ian Schreier Engineer
René Tromberg drum programming
Jonas Groning String Arrangements
Cliff Lin drum programming
Brian Paderalsky Engineer
Fredrik Andersson Engineer
Jochem van der Saag Programming, Engineer
Uli Janson String Arrangements, String Conductor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I liked this Cd. However, it would have been much better if he hadn't just re-made a bunch of old love songs. His voice is great, and the few original songs on the album are definitely worth it, but the rest is just a re-make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aiken-Written Song a Real Standout on Beautiful Album

    A must-buy both for the exquisite tenor voice of Clay Aiken and beautiful songs ranging from lesser known covers to originals, including one written by Aiken. Clay Aiken, known as a powerful singer with a very pure tone, is now using his voice in other ways too - soft, sexy, sultry, vulnerable, tender, songs from his heart. The real surprise on this album is "Lonely No More, lyrics by Clay Aiken - amazing lyrics that reach right in and grab your emotions, shake you out of your comfort zone, and with a really good pop sound, perfect for release as a single. A beautifully produced album with amazing orchestrations, each song just another reflection of the sheer musical beauty of the whole album, but the song that really stands out is "Lonely No More" and therein lies a clear vision of the future for this artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen, don't gossip

    Here are the sounds of a 19-year old kid trying to cover up his baldness with a very bad looking shagcut. Songs like "Right Here Waiting," "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" and the ultimate schmaltz-song "Because You Loved Me" show a lack of originality. And "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" seems to say it all- one of Elton's worst songs ever, and he's done some great songs. For those of you who are trying to speculate into his private life- have you even bothered to listen to his music? Clay can sing, but I'd like to hear him do some original tunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soothing to my ears

    Yes, I'm a Clay Aiken fan, however, I wasn't too keen on the idea of his doing mostly covers. So, I'm not the typical gushing fan. I will tell you that I am NOT in the least disappointed with the covers, nor the originals. I do not agree that all the original artists did these covers better. Some of his I prefer. I think he has some pretty good hits, eg. Without You (AC), Lonely No More (country crossover), A Thousand Days (Hot AC), Everything I Have (AC), These Open Arms, (Hot AC). On Itunes with the album download you get Lover All Alone (lyrics written by Clay, Music by David Foster) It is beautiful, and is the Top Hit off the whole album, and it's a bonus song. And the song If You Don't Know Me By Now a download off K-mart's album CD. It's quite good also. Clay's vocal work is less is more. He really shines without yelling or screaming. So soothing to my ears. His arrangements are enchanting. If you loved Bing Crosby you'll love Clay. But Clay gives you more...sensuality, and power. He has given us a beautiful CD. It's a matter of time before people realize that these songs were for us his fans, and we are all in this together. eg. Broken Wings. Song titles express his gratitude.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NO ONE BETTER

    No one can sing better then CLAY, an these Songs only PROVE it. Absolutely Fantastic. its a shame he wasnt the Original Artist of these Fine Love Songs, cause he shows so much more emotion. If your in love, or ever been in love, get the tissues ready, these songs are THAT powerful coming from CLAY. Just listen to the example clips, I promise you will be buying this CD an it will be YOUR FAVORITE. :-) thanks Clay an CLive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful album!

    I'm very impressed with this CD and absolutely love it!! Clay's vocals shine through with such passion, soul, and range. What a talent!! He sings every song just beautifully. The arrangements of the cover songs and the originals are wonderful. This album touches and moves me beyond words. It's one that people of all ages can listen to, and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In A Class By Itself

    Clay's vocal range in A Thousand Different Days is truly amazing. He can sing low key or high key - softly or blow the roof off the building. I love his new album - beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent !!!

    This music CD by Clay Aiken is not boring at all. Clay Aiken makes each great song his own. Clay Aiken's upgraded renditions on the cover songs are a whole lot more exciting and entertaining than the originals like: "Right Here Waiting" and "Everytime You Go Away." He co-wrote the sensational song "Lonely No More" which is one of my favorites. I also love "Without You" and "A Thousand Days." This is amazing Clay Aiken singing at his very best. No wonder he is America's Idol and was called "The Voice" on American Idol 2. Clay Aiken has the best voice in music today. Please buy this CD. You will be very happy that you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Amazing... He blows me away every time. He has a fantastic voice and everyone should buy this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aiken is back-Smooth and Sensual

    So many good tracks, where to begin?! My personal favorites include "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" (bluesy and sexy) "A Thousand Days" (rockin' & made for radio) "Lonely No More" (pure Aiken,co-written by him I understand, and also great for radio) " When I See You Smile" (loved the original by Bad English, love this one too) "Everything I Do" (really enjoy the "celtic" feel to this piece-- was never a big fan of the song before but I dig this version) "These Open Arms" (penned by Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child, this is a perfect vehicle for Aiken's voice--it just soars!) and finally, my absolute album favorite, "Broken Wings". This arrangement is stunning--mystical, ethereal,almost otherworldly. His voice just caresses the words and the backing female voice just lifts you. Then as you're there "suspended" the spoken poetry insinuates itself and you're truly transported....somewhere...and you don't want to come back! Delicious! Get this CD and go along on the journey with Aiken. You'll be glad you did in "A Thousand Different Ways"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC!!!!

    More than I could have dreamed and well worth waiting for. Rock on Clay!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great job, Clay!

    I am enjoying this new album immensely. Clay seems to have an uncanny ability to pick my favorite songs to sing, and he has never sounded better. I eagerly await his next collection of original songs too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding vocals

    If the listener wants to hear music sung well, I would highly recommend A Thousand Different Ways. Clay sings each of these songs with hauntingly beautiful emotions. His strong vocal range especially shines in the higher registers. It's a real treat to listen to such an excellent singer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Really a boring cd. After a while it just puts you to sleep. Cannot tell one song from the other. Sorry Clay next time how about some creativity?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clay shines

    I'm lovin' this album, beautiful songs and production, fantastic voice! Some are extra special - WY is wow, Everything I Do amazing, Everything I Have exquisite, ATD and IWKWLI rock out big time, WISYS happy, LNM, and HYCA lilting-wistful. And here we go again, Mr. A!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another winner!

    Like the sound of a Stradivarius violin as opposed to an ordinary one - - that's my comparison of Clay Aiken's magnificent voice to some other singers of today! Total beauty in sound and emotional delivery, completely different than the originals. Better stock up on this CD because you'll wear them out! Thank you Clay for giving us in all age brackets something beautiful to listen to, and please deliver the next one much sooner! Thank you again (you too, Clive and Jaymes)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What A Joy....!

    He has outdone the debut album! This is such a work of art. There is not a single song on this album that disappoints! And he adds his own style, his own Clayism with every vocal. And Clay, Darlin'....keep giving glory to Jesus because He has blessed you with a voice of an angel. Rejoice, folks Clay's album: what a joy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best singer of our times

    Excellent CD. Clay does it again! I hope he is given alot of radio time this time. His voice is totally awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing vocals, A must have CD

    I truly love this CD! Clay Aiken is an incredibly talented young man. I have listened to this CD over and over again and its better each time I hear it. 'A Thousand Days' in one of my favorites. I only became a fan of American Idol 2 years ago so I missed out on Clay’s time on the show. Poor me. The new songs are all good and the old songs are very well arranged. This CD should do amazing well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recycled material worse than the original

    Don't even bother picking this one up...You're better off finding the music from all of the original artists Clay fed off of and listening to them, because the originals are way better.

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