CLAY AIKEN Measure Of A Man ( BMG ) Rating: NN
Somebody take me on a jog down memory lane - who is this Clay Aiken character and why has Clive Davis produced his album? Paula Abdul likes him, you say? I had no idea she possessed a soft spot for a guy who rivals Chase from The Party in the ugly-cute department. Oh, Clay must be that other American Idol dude. He just doesn't sound urgent enough on this album. He could've used a producer like Phil Spector to threaten him at gunpoint. If you like soft pop that has had every single angle retouched, airbrushed and perfected for maximum K-Mart sales, this is the record of the year, although it'll be runner-up if Ruben Studdard releases something.