Tried & True

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clay Aiken's charms have never been of the modern persuasion -- even when he was giving Ruben Studdard a run for his money on American Idol he seemed a throwback, either to the '60s when he could be singing show tunes, or to the late '70s when he could be singing gauche soft rock. He sang the latter on 2008's On My Way Here, creating a record with a measure of credible modern appeal that didn't quite turn out a hit, so he opted for his other style on 2010's Tried & True, whose very title admits that he's not experimenting this time around. And so he doesn't: not only does he sing a clutch of songs that are well known and oft-repeated -- "Can't Take My Eyes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Clay Aiken's charms have never been of the modern persuasion -- even when he was giving Ruben Studdard a run for his money on American Idol he seemed a throwback, either to the '60s when he could be singing show tunes, or to the late '70s when he could be singing gauche soft rock. He sang the latter on 2008's On My Way Here, creating a record with a measure of credible modern appeal that didn't quite turn out a hit, so he opted for his other style on 2010's Tried & True, whose very title admits that he's not experimenting this time around. And so he doesn't: not only does he sing a clutch of songs that are well known and oft-repeated -- "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "It's Only Make Believe," "Mack the Knife," "Unchained Melody," "Moon River" -- he's opting for soft, familiar arrangements, anchored by a piano and dressed with supple strings from orchestras and guitarists alike, accentuated by a dose of swinging brass. It's handsomely tailored music that fits Aiken's strengths quite well. Indeed, he's never seemed more at home on a record; nothing may challenge him but he's never straining, seeming happier singing standards than he did churning out contemporary classics on A Thousand Different Ways, winding up with something that might be the best representation yet of his peculiar charms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 602527372860
  • Catalog Number: 001424002
  • Sales rank: 140,879

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clay Aiken Primary Artist
Derek Watkins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Mark James Guitar
Stan Sulzmann Flute, Alto Saxophone
Pete Beachill Tenor Trombone
Dave Bishop Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Mitch Dalton Guitar
Jeff Daly Baritone Saxophone
Simon Gardner Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Noel Langley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Pearce Electric Bass
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Ralph Salmins Drums
Chris Walden Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone
Andy Wood Tenor Trombone
Ben Castle Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Gordon Campbell Tenor Trombone
Pete Murray Piano
Mike Lovatt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Vicci Wardman Viola
Quiana Parler Background Vocals
Thomas Bowes Violin
Andy Mackintosh Flute, Alto Saxophone
Jonathan Rees Violin
Martin Gordy Percussion
G-Strings Orchestra Strings
Mark Hodgson Double Bass
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Linda Eder Duet
Bob Crewe Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Armando Manzanero Composer
Mark James Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Dick Hodgin Vocal Engineer
Carl Marsh Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jack Nance Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Alex North Composer
Billy Jay Stein Vocal Engineer
Hy Zaret Composer
Les Reed Composer
Chris Walden Arranger
Joe Melson Composer
Sid Wayne Composer
Geoff Stevens Composer
Alex Christensen Producer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Editing
Vlado Meller Mastering
Fanny Gotschall Art Direction
Quiana Parler Vocal Producer
Chris Boerner Vocal Engineer
Ben Cohn Arranger
Dave Novik Executive Producer
Jesse Vargas Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clay Aiken finds his genre in music

    All the clips I've heard are awesome. Can't wait to get CD to listen to full songs. His voice and entertainment factor is tops. Watch for pbs special with all these songs!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever for Clay

    Unbeliveable magical album. Clay is at his best and his voice is made for these smooth and jazzy songs. The emotion, phrasing and intonation are outstanding. Definitely songs that make you want to dance. The orchestion is outstanding and "Crying" with Linda Eder is so beautiful. Not a song that I do not enjoy on the album.

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