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Monty Python's Spamalot (2008), Clay Aiken
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It’s no secret that pop radio has never been particularly welcoming to American Idol‘s season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken, and so it makes sense that “On My Way Here,” the lead single from his upcoming CD (due May 6), is aimed directly at an adult contemporary audience. Yet while Clay’s vocal is more restrained than usual on “On My Way Here” (huzzah!), the melody is surprisingly bland for an artist who’s already facing an uphill battle for airplay. (It would be like the new restaurant on the block choosing “toast with butter” as the house specialty.)

As for the lyrics, while things start somewhat promisingly — with flashbacks to Clay taking his first steps on a “black-and-white kitchen floor” and the dissolution of his parents’ marriage — it doesn’t take long for “On My Way Here” to devolve into a litany of clichés. I challenge your mind not to drift to other subjects (will Old Christine get a fourth season? Which is the stronger acting dynasty: The Baldwins or the Arquettes? Also: What’s for lunch?) as Clay touches the sky and hits the wall and learns to fly and does what he has to do (and so on and so forth).

No, I’ve never been a Claymate, but even so, this one’s disappointing. Listen for yourselves (after the jump) and then tell me what you think, PopWatchers!

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