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Measure of a Man is Clay Aiken's debut studio album that was released on October 14, 2003 by RCA Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Invisible 4:03
  2. I Will Carry You 3:44
  3. The Way 4:06
  4. When You Say You Love Me 4:07
  5. No More Sad Songs 4:01
  6. Run To Me 3:33
  7. Shine 4:10
  8. I Survived You 3:34
  9. This Is The Night 3:32
  10. Perfect Day 3:52
  11. Measure Of A Man 3:58
  12. Touch 3:51

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Measure of a Man" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, with 613,000 copies sold during its first week (making it the highest-selling debut for a solo artist since Snoop Dogg's 1993 album, "Doggystyle" in December 1993).

The album was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA in November of 2003.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Wade Paulsen of Reality TV World wrote that despite huge sales "Critics have ranged from strongly positive (Billboard) to mixed (Washington Post, which calls the CD a "likable album even without being a particularly good one", and Knight-Ridder), to negative (Associated Press, which refers to the song selections as "insipid"), to scathingly negative (the New York Daily News)."

Allmusic gave the album a three-star rating, writing: "Clay's earnest delivery -- somewhat sweet and expertly coached -- gives these songs a bit of innocence and believability, but the slickness of the whole enterprise overshadows his voice, particularly because his voice isn't all that remarkable on record."

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