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A Thousand Different Ways

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American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken continues to bring home the gold with sold-out shows, and now he rewards fans with A Thousand Different Ways, which features his powerful pipes on songs such as Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is."

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A Thousand Different Ways, the follow-up to Clay Aiken's chart-burning debut Measure of a Man, trots out the kind of material a fleet-voiced former American Idol contestant can't help having a field day with: Aiken's version of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" is bathed in a smoothness that renders it arguably better than the original; his step into Celine Dion's shoes for "Because You Loved Me" sees nary a stumble (no easy feat, considering it's a vocal obstacle course of a song); and his cover of Paul Young's '80s classic "Everytime You Go Away" comes across as a clean-sounding, much-needed update. More proof that Aiken ain't fakin' when it comes to being a stylish interpreter comes courtesy of his convincing carry-off of Dolly Parton's sweet "Here You Come Again," but where he'll earn the most merit points for this disc is with its four originals--"A Thousand Days" especially. Aiken has the kind of voice that makes listeners want to scoot close to the speaker. He may be a softy, but when it comes to trapping raw emotion in song, he's become a mop-topped man of steel. --Tammy La Gorce
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B000HA4AAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I noticed that a lot of people seem let down because Clay Aiken released an album of covers. But in my case, it's a good thing he did, or I wouldn't have bought his CD, and you wouldn't be reading this now. The familiar songs were what made me take notice of him. (I don't watch "American Idol".) Frankly, I hadn't expected much, but before I bought it I listened to the samples one by one, and I found myself amazed to be liking them. Clay's voice is practically perfect technically, and it is really fervent and uplifting. And I like the breathy quality, because it makes his delivery very intimate. So, how do his vocals and arrangements compare to the originals? Well, I like the added muscle in the arrangement of "Right Here Waiting", and I would say the same for "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word". As for "Without You", without a doubt it is very similar to Mariah's, but it is still gorgeous, and I can see no reason why both versions can't co-exist in the world of love Clay is trying to bring to us. I feel the same about "I Want To Know What Love Is". On "When I See You Smile", I actually prefer his vocal over the original. He sings "Because You Loved Me" in a more straightforward manner than Celine did, so the lyrics and their message reach me more easily. And his smoother version of "Here You Come Again" makes it a very different interpretation from Dolly Parton's. I want to add that in no way am I trying to belittle the other artists' versions of these great songs. I'm just saying that they sound different in Clay's hands, and there's nothing wrong with variety. My reaction to the 4 new songs isn't as immediate as to the covers, but I think I like "Everything I Have" the best of the 4. All in all, Clay has a beautiful voice, he does a terrific job, and I say, "You go, Clay, with your bad self!"
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Clay Aiken makes almost every cover song on this CD better and his own! There are some that sound so different from the original... it's fascinating. While he may be known for his glory notes, of which there are a few, I am drawn to the supptle softness of his interpetation of the lyrics! His voice is so pure. There are four new songs that are extremely nice. He co-wrote Lonely No More, which is lovely. I understand he wrote another one for a bonus track called Lover All Alone.

When he hits that low note in Here You Come Again... I just have to say, one more time... where is that voice coming from?
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Honestly, when I first saw the track list, I wasn't impressed. Then I listened to the snippets, and Clay's voice did the selling. WOW! How far he's come from Measure of a Man, and I really liked his first album. I've never heard Clay's voice sound so unique and expressive. First the original songs: He surprised me on Lonely No More, a song he co-wrote, and how it starts gently and slowly, like a roller coaster, and then builds and builds to an exciting crescendo. No glory-noting though and none needed. Sheer vocal power suffices. A Thousand Days has a great pop/rock beat that makes you want to tap your feet and sing along. No doubt it will be great in concert when he goes on tour next spring. Everything I Have exemplifies Clay's skillful control to produce a beautiful song about love's surrender. I was taken with his interpretation and how it allows the listener to affix meaning based on their own frame of reference, such as a parent to a child, or a man to a woman.

And the covers: I can't get over the fact that he's made me love a song I used to dislike intensely, I mean really intensely. With his stylish rendition of Here You Come Again that thankfully resembles little of the original, it has now become one of my favorites. I hope Dolly gets to here it. He hooked me with Right Here Waiting, but it is Everytime You Go Away that truly impressed me. His voice becomes one with the instrumentation here, and exemplifies how Clay's voice has become a finely tuned instrument. Amazing. On Broken Wings, he takes a risky approach to the transformation and his experiment hits the mark and more. Part of me wants this new sound to become Clay's brand, because if it is, it's like nothing out there. It's an amazing rendition that only hints of the original. What a brilliant way to end the album.
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As a Clay fan, I know Clay has the ability to take a cover song and make it his own, as evidenced by his Jukebox Tour summer of 2005. But, I had a few concerns when I saw the covers selected for the album. The 30 second clips I heard first were OK. Of the 10 covers, I could hear a "retooling" in maybe half of hem -- and I loved the preview of the 4 new songs. But, when I first heard the full tracks when they became available via ClearChannel -- GOODNESS!! They were SO much better than the 30 second clips. I adore every one of the 14 tracks, but here are my favorites.

Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" -- this song is much better than the original. I liked the original OK, but it just seemed to drag a bit. This retooled version holds the listener's interest and moves forward much better.

Harry Nilsson's "Without You" -- this is a perfect song for Clay. It really showcases his amazing voice and contains both the tenderness and huge glory notes that Clay can sing like no other.

Bryan Adams "Everything I Do" -- this is ~totally~ reworked and has a kind of celtic flair throughout. Georgous!

Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" -- this was a concern for me, but he knocks it OUT OF THE PARK (those low notes; how DOES he do that?? Especially when coming from a higher register??)

Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" -- it is a bit faster with a stronger percussive beat that makes me like it so much more than the Celine Dion version.

Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" -- the first time I heard it, I was kind of like "OK, it's not bad", but the more I listen, the more I like; I'm now addicted to the song. The poetic voice strung throughout was a bit of a distraction at first, but now I can't imagine Clay's version without it.
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