Since shooting to stardom on the second season of American Idol, Clay Aiken, the Raleigh, NC, native with the powerhouse voice has become a international pop phenomenon who has sold six million albums. In addition, Aiken has launched eight live tours, made the New York Times best-seller list, and won several American Music and Billboard Music Awards. In January 2008, Aiken made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Monty Python’s Spamalot.
When Clay began the search for songs to record for Aiken’s first album of original material since his 2003 chart-topping debut Measure of A Man, he fell in love with a song written by OneRepublic front man Ryan “Alias” Tedder called “On My Way Here.” The message of the lyrics — how the lessons we learn while growing up shape us into who we become as adults — struck such a deep chord with Aiken that it wound up inspiring the theme (and title) of his new collection.
To musically represent the album’s lyrical theme, Aiken and Foster enlisted Grammy-Award winning British songwriter and producer Kipper, who has worked with Sting, Chris Botti, and Julia Fordham.
“On My Way Here” – This sounds all too typical. It’s as if he were back on American Idol and given some sappy song in hopes of making it to the next week.
“Everything I Don’t Need” – This is a total mess. I have no idea what they were thinking.
“Where I Draw The Line” – A yawn.
“Lover All Alone” – It might make people go “awwww” but that’s about it. This is terrible.
Admittedly, I didn’t want to review this and maybe that skews my review–but this is totally unremarkable. Clay Aiken sounds like a guy who was handed a batch of song and was told to sing them. None of the songs have soul or a hook that instantly grabs you. “On My Way Here” is nothing more than Clay Aiken going through the motions.
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