Two more OMWH reviews:
- Orlando Sentinel -
With On My Way Here, Clay Aiken's first album of original songs since 2003's Measure of a Man, American Idol's most endearing runner-up continues to develop his own sound.
When you don't have to watch Aiken, or witness the ridiculously over-the-top reactions of his fans, it's easier to be overtaken by his utterly pleasant voice. It's well suited to the relentlessly upbeat messages on these 12 songs.
Oh well, the guy's on a roll. At various points, he's rising from the ashes, holding on to forever (but "stuck in yesterday") and coping with doubts about love, cushioned in a backdrop that makes it all sound grand.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune -
Few pop stars come into a project with more baggage than Aiken. "On My Way Here" is only his second album of originals (he released a poorly received covers album and a Christmas collection). Its title and tracks such as "The Real Me," "Where I Draw the Line" and "Weight of the World" tease that they might address personal issues Aiken has battled to keep private. Instead, "On My Way Here" trots out clichés and lush ballads that blend into one other. What is undeniable is the purity of Aiken's tenor, which gets its best showcase on record yet. This CD paints him as a hopelessly square balladeer, a role he says he welcomes. 5311