A Thousand Different Ways

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sentimental ballads made for hopeful romantics.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Clay presents himself as a loyal, perfect boyfriend.


Clay's a lover, not a fighter.


Only the subtlest of innuendo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Love is the only drug.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive in this collection of sentimental love ballads.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTerry5230 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byBobbiSpecial April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byHilly November 11, 2009

Best Cover Album Ever!

Even thought most songs on this are covers, Clay does an amazing job! Practically everyone of them is great. My favorite is his cover of Paul Young's Every... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Buy it!!!!!!

This is for all ages! The songs are beautiful and well done. The best we have ever heard.

Whoever doesn't like this is bad to this kind. Clay Aiken is the... Continue reading

What's the story?

On A THOUSAND DIFFERENT WAYS, Clay Aiken delivers covers of 14 romantic, sentimental, and mostly well-known love ballads. A CD like this requires a certain mood, as well as an absolute suspension of coolness. But Aiken does a beautiful job reinventing the love-ballad wheel. For tweens in the throes of first love, Aiken's interpretations of songs made popular by Elton John ("Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"), Bad English ("When I See You Smile"), Bryan Adams ("Everything I Do [I Do It for You]"), and Celine Dion ("Because You Loved Me") not only do justice to the material but often transcend the originals.

Is it any good?

Are you a dreamy pre-adolescent fantasizing about your future first boyfriend or a teenager in the throes of budding romance? Aiken provides the soundtrack for young romantic dreams. Parents of lovestruck kids have nothing to worry about in terms of lyrical content, which includes only the gentlest and subtlest innuendo. For those who aren't afraid of sentiment, these are smooth, lovely offerings, sung with passion and integrity and produced with loving care. Leave your hip-hop attitude at the door, and enjoy the sentimental stylings of a talented musical interpreter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what happens physically, emotionally, and mentally when people fall in love. Why does falling in love make people want to listen to sappy music? How does it make what you've heard thousands of times/ways sound new and fresh?

Music details

  • Artist: Clay Aiken
  • Release date: September 19, 2006
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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