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Product: Audio CD
Title: Measure of a Man
Label: Rca
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Clive Davis gets it right


After the terrible mess made of Kelly Clarkson's debut, I'll be honest, I had serious doubts regarding Clive Davis' suitability as a producer for future American Idol discoveries. Even Kelly's powerful voice was drowned out and beaten into submission by a relentless parade of guitar feedback and what sounded like a busload of drummers who could be rented by the hour. The good news, is that this time he's delivered the goods. The problem with Clay was always his innate 'theatricality'- his over-ennunciated phrasing and emotional warbling led Simon and co to repeatedly recommend that Clay follow his dreams to Broadway. Even Neil Sedaka wanted to work with the guy - not the coolest advocate to have, despite his undeniable songwriting talent. So Clive and a remarkable line-up of impressive songwriters have pooled their collective resources and delivered a series of songs that push Clay's strong, clear voice to the fore, and surround him with contemporary orchestrations that manage to be bold without ever being overpowering. It's also worth noting that these arrangements complement Clay's timeless voice impeccably, with more than the occasional nod to later Beatles compositions. Note the strong piano riffs, layered harmonies and persuasive percussion.More importantly, there are some pretty decent melodies here. If there's one thing that the Karaoke style of AI has taught us, it's that they just don't write them like that anymore. Now, although i'll admit that no-one is going to be inaugurated into the songwriter's Hall of fame off the back of their contributions to this CD, the songs are powerful, mature and 'sticky'. Just listen to it once and there'll be four or five tunes you can already recall with little or no effort. Standouts for me are No More Sad Songs and I Survived You. But I'm happy to admit that when I listen to this CD (and I've been through it six or seven times since it arrived) there are no tracks that I skip through - although Touch is fairly one-dimensional.Clay should feel very pleased with himself. Not only has he proved there's no shame in coming second, his singing style has enjoyed a makeover just as impressive as the one his image underwent when he made the final 12.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night
Label: RCA
Artist: Clay Aiken
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Awesome!


I just bought this for my daughter but I am blown away by this man's voice. You cannot help but listen to the CD over and over again. Buy a copy because it will be a collector's item one day...Clay Aiken is heading for stardom...



Product: Audio CD
Title: True Women: Original Soundtrack (1997 Television Mini-Series)
Label: Intrada
Artist: Bruce Broughton
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
True Women


Up until I saw the movie,"True Women", the book, "These is my words" was my favorite western. "True Women", to me, shows that no matter the hardship and obsticles, there is always hope, if we have the courage to look for it. I think that Sarah shows us that all the way through the movie. And Pheemy is absolutely wonderful in her portrayl of a young girl learning about life and then as a woman who knew what she wanted and went after it. And what woman wouldn't want their own "Barlette"! I have watched this movie over and over again and I still experience the same wonderful feelings of hope, love and strength that is written into every area of their lives. What a life these women lived!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Imagio Dei/Image of God
Label:
Artist: Michael Kelly Blanchard
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Just amazing!


When I first heard "Lord of the Fields" I couldn't stop listening. I've have never played a song so many times. It got me through a very difficult time in my life. When I play it in the car, my 12-year old son forgets himself and sings along. Thank Michael Kelly Blanchard for sharing his talent with the world.