Measure of a Man



Good for the whole family -- especially tweens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a nice, refreshing, "guy-looking-for-true-love-and-commitment" message, overall.


This CD is all about the love stuff.


No explicit sexual content; lots of love and longing.




It's a given, since this is an American Idol production...

Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is good for the whole family, especially the tween set. The repeated message of longing for commitment is refreshing in a cute young guy.

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What's the story?

Clay Aiken has created an album to be proud of. Because of (or perhaps in spite of) his unprecedented visibility on American Idol, Clay has a lot on the line here -- millions of people are pulling for him, and he doesn't disappoint his fans. MEASURE OF A MAN is an extremely well-produced effort, and it tugs at our emotions in all the right places. Although there's quite a lot of over-the-top pop ballad angst, it manages to veer away from total corniness. And then there's the rock 'n' roll, not to mention "Invisible," which takes on an Elvis Costello influence. It all adds up to a pleasantly surprising, squeaky-clean, good-hearted package.

Is it any good?


The songwriting is the only weak link on the CD. Though Clay does a terrific job on the vocals, and the songs are well produced and beautifully played, they simply aren't memorable in and of themselves. This young man has a terrific voice, refreshingly appropriate sensibilities, and (we predict) a long and successful future ahead. He deserves better songs to sing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to turn reality show success into individual success. What challenges do singers like Aiken face? Does a great voice always translate into a great artist?

Music details

Artist:Clay Aiken
Release date:October 21, 2003
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHilly November 11, 2009
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byMattyWatty556 April 9, 2008


Clay Aiken should have won American Idol. His stunning voice is about ten times better than the "Velvet Teddy Bear" Ruben Studdard. Well, don't think I dont like Ruben I just for one think Clay's cd came out first and by time Ruben's does everyone will be like "uhhh who is Ruben again?". FYI- Invisible is a great song
Adult Written byfrench_flower April 9, 2008

Clay Aiken, America's true idol

Clay Aiken's debut album showcases his talent as an artist and sends good messages to his listeners. The CD sends positive messages such as support for a friend in "I Will Carry You", and of hope in "Shine". This CD doesn't have objectionable material with no swearing or inappropriate lyrics. With positive messages and without objectionable content, this CD would be appropriate for preteens and teenagers, and is worth a listen.


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