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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
A throwback to wholesome heartthrobs like Pat Boone, Clay Aiken is an unlikely pop star who resembles a young Barry Manilow -- Aiken won't have any parents worrying that their kids' idol worship will lead them to drink or drugs. But anyone who watched him during the 2003 season of American Idol already knows that the North Carolina native's selling point isn't his sex appeal, or lack thereof. Rather, his standout quality is his powerfully soulful vocals. Although he was the show's runner-up to Luther Vandross clone Ruben "Velvet Teddy Bear" Studdard, Aiken's melodramatic "This Is the Night" topped Studdard's anthemic "Flying Without Wings" to become the year's bestselling single. Aiken's debut album, which producer Clive Davis packs with polished, adult contemporary fare, capitalizes on the young crooner's appeal to adolescent girls who haven't yet discovered their inner bad girl and to middle-aged women in search of a gentleman. The songs are expectedly middle-of-the road, and without a live audience and judges to win over, Aiken's dynamic voice loses some of its punch. Still, there are plenty of hummable highlights, notably the catchy lead single "Invisible," the country-tinged "The Way," and the haunting soft rocker "No More Sad Songs." Although the charismatic Studdard's disc may reaffirm why he was voted the American Idol champ, the measure of this man means staying true to himself, even if that calls for being a tad nerdy. And for that reason, Aiken may be one of the coolest pop stars around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765463829
  • Catalog Number: 54638

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invisible
  2. 2 I Will Carry You
  3. 3 The Way
  4. 4 When You Say You Love Me
  5. 5 No More Sad Songs
  6. 6 Run To Me
  7. 7 Shine
  8. 8 I Survived You
  9. 9 This Is The Night
  10. 10 Perfect Day
  11. 11 Measure Of A Man
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clay Aiken Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS

    If this album is the measure of this man then Clay Aiken is a very, very big man because this album kicks out the jams like no other. I just can't get across how sublime some of these tracks are. Clay Aiken's voice is that of an angel and the rest of us are mere mortals who have been blessed with ears to hear this heaavenly creature sing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give it another listen!

    Wow, when I read that Clay Aiken was going to be a dad and possibly look into doing lullabies, I was SOOO excited! I took out this album and listened to it again and again, and I've been humming his songs all day. Definately check it out, and I hope he seriously considers doing "Measure of a Dad"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome totally OBESSED

    i loved it i thought it was a really good cd, ya know how most cds only have fast songs or only slow songs well this one had both i just wish he would come out with his next albumn! I also really liked how it was something everyone could agree on and i know i own it and i think my grandama owns it so its something every likes! I am totally obessed and think he should have won american idol its obvious to see why hes the number one selling american idol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clay Aiken "Meausre of a Man"

    Clay probably has one of the best voices I've ever heard. If you don't already have this CD, GO GET IT! Worth every penny, beautiful songs, with his beautiful voice to sing along to. Wonderful CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    Clay Aiken is excellent! This cd is definately worth buying. He should have won American Idol, not Ruben. This is a must get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Voice of an Angel

    What a great CD. I love Clay and his voice (THE voice) and these songs are very heartfelt and wonderful. I enjoy listening to this CD over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent CD!

    this CD is EXCELLENT! From start to finish. i must say, Mr. clay Aiken has proved himself to be the best. he is truly the AMERICAN IDOL, despite ruben stealing his title away. anyways, this CD is so great because anyone can enjoy it, no matter what mood you're in. it's fun and easy to sing along too. also.... It'S APPROPRIATE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow Clay can sing!!!

    Well, I first bought this CD last month because I thought Clay was hot. But now I realize that he can sing too! Tracks 3, 5, and 8 are some awesome songs! I love to drive around in Eden, NY and wave at hot guys while listening to this CD. I love u clay, u rock. Get this today!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    clay rocks not ruban

    dun clay rocks so much more than ruban! however cant see that has to be so stupid... some people r but ill deff not

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet and very talented

    Enjoyed it very much--can't wait for the next CD--Clay is what this country needs--clean all-american values, back again, for our youth to enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best CD I've bought in years.

    Great variety and good showcase for Clay's phenomenal voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Measure of a Man

    This CD rocks my world, and it will rock your world too! Clay's voice is so amazing; it has so much power and emotion. Clay's singing gives me chills. I think the songs are fabulous and convey meaningful messages and are well written. The "Measure Of A Man" CD by Clay Aiken is my favorite CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL

    This a great CD by a talented young man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Measure of a Man

    This CD rocks my world, and it will rock your world too! Clay's voice is so amazing; it has so much power and emotion. Clay's singing gives me chills. I think the songs are fabulous and convey meaningful messages and are well written. The "Measure Of A Man" CD by Clay Aiken is my favorite CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!!!

    This CD is the best thing that I have EVER heard in my life. It is the final proof, that Clay Aiken is in fact the greatest singer, to EVER walk the earth!!!! I know that I am not alone in saying that I LOVE CLAY AIKEN!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clay's Beautiful Voice Rocks

    I love Clay's voice and think it shines on this CD but not as well as it shined on American Idol. This CD is way better than Ruben's which was a big disappointment to me. Clay is the best new singer to come around in a while and I recommend you try his CD for easy listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    lOVE IT

    Clay Aiken is number one and this cd proves it. Clay Aiken should have won American Idol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clay, Clay, Clay

    I like Clay's voice. Most of all I think he has character. I think 2003 really brought out the best when Ruben and Clay broke through to the top. You critics who try to compare the two of them should not be so harsh on Ruben. They are both gifted in their own rites. It depends on what you like. As far as the charts go, Ruben is not in the poor house. How about you? Monica L. -Chi Town

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Singer on the PLANET!

    I'm listening to this CD as I type this, yup just what I said...BEST SINGER ON THE PLANET!! expect this to be a Grammy winning CD. I'd bet my life on it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    To those of you who only gave this album one star and rave about Ruben, let me ask you this. Why is Clay's album still in the top 20 and Ruben's not in the top 100?

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