Tried & True

Label
Verve
Release date
1 Jun 2010
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
41:22

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Can't Take My Eyes Off You 3:18 794
2 What Kind Of Fool Am I? 3:31 130
3 It's Only Make Believe 3:13 498
4 Misty 4:18 436
5 Mack The Knife 3:21 950
6 It's Impossible 4:02 449
7 Unchained Melody 4:50 1,960
8 Suspicious Minds 3:49 564
9 Crying 4:05 152
10 There's A Kind Of Hush 2:44 505
11 Moon River 4:11 192

About this album

Clay Aiken has never sounded more at home than he does singing the lushly arranged classics on his fifth studio album Tried and True — the international pop phenomenon’s first album for Decca Records. The bulk of the album — which showcases Aiken’s powerful tenor voice and considerable interpretive gifts — is made up of songs from the ’50s and ’60s that Aiken grew up listening to as a child in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“My birth father was a musician and my mother sang in a band when I was a little kid,” Aiken says. “There was always music playing in the house. A lot of the songs on Tried and True, like ‘Unchained Melody,’ ‘Suspicious Minds,’ ‘It’s Only Make Believe,’ and ‘Crying,’ are songs my mother used to sing. If folks do think I sound at home on this album, it’s probably because singing these songs came very naturally for me. I never took sheet music or lyrics into the vocal booth. I knew them so well that I didn’t need to.”

For Aiken, Tried and True (so named because he feels the songs have stood the test of time) was about getting back to himself after a career performing more pop-oriented material. “There are a lot of elements to this album that are about me returning to what I’m comfortable with,” Aiken says. “I’ve often joked with friends that I feel like I was born at the wrong time because the person I am and the songs I like to sing are all from earlier eras. To me, older songs are more melodically appealing and beautiful.

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