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Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD. 2010 release from the American Idol Season 2 runner up, his fifth album overall. Tried And True features Aiken's unique covers of classic songs from the 1950s and 1960s including 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', 'What Kind Of Fool Am I?', 'Mack The Knife', 'Unchained Melody', 'There's A Kind Of Hush' and 'Suspicious Minds'.
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Tried and True is a beautiful album. I grew up with this music with songs by Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, etc. Clay does a superb job and I hope he will come out with more and more and more for I will be there to buy everything he does. I can see no wrong when it comes to Clay. He is 'THE MAN' and all the hoopla about his being gay doesn't do one thing to take away from the fact that Clay has a most fabulous voice and his humility and everything about him makes us love him even more.
And yes--I am a 'tried and true' CLAYMATE!!!!!!!!!
I just now watched the dvd, OMG I have to have those songs that he is singing on the video that are not on the cd! Love the version of Build Me Up Buttercup that he does on the dvd. I hope we will be able to purchase these songs through PBS! The DVD is a huge tease....I didn't think I could get any more excited about the PBS Special coming up, I was wrong! This little clip they show on the dvd just pushed me over the deep end! I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE THIS PBS SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These songs are classics for a reason and Clay has adeptly walked the line between honoring the past and breathing new life into them beautifully. The arrangements are superb (bravo to Chris Walden, Ben Cohn and Jesse Vargas, job well done). The production value is top of the line (kudos to Alex Christensen). Every song is a treat and, with every listen, you hear a nuance you missed the first time - whether it's a Flugelhorn or a bit Clay's impeccable phrasing. Clay Aiken - what can you say? Clay has an amazing voice - his range, his tone and timbre, his phrasing and interpretation. This truly is Clay Aiken at his best because it truly is Clay Aiken, singing in his pure voice.
Stand outs for me are Moon River (with an amazing guitar solo by Vince Gill), It's Impossible, Crying (I have never heard Clay with a better duet partner. Linda Eder and Clay Aiken need to record together again, their voices blend beautifully). It's Only Make Believe (love the bass line). Mack The Knife (just pure, unadulterated fun). What Kind of Fool Am I (great solo by David Sanborn and Clay's vocals are haunting). Misty (always one of my favorites). Suspicious Minds (it's pretty cool to hear that guitar intro by Mark James, the composer of this gem). These are the stand outs, but every song on this CD is worth the listen. It's an emotional mixture of fun, sadness, longing and laughter.
Bravo to all who were involved in making this CD. It is a not to be missed treasure.