Tried and True

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Tried and True
Studio album by Clay Aiken
Released June 1, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Pop
Length 41:44
Label Decca
Producer Alex Christensen, David Novik, Quiana Parler
Clay Aiken chronology
Playlist: The Very Best of Clay Aiken
Tried and True
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
Billboard Positive [2]
CBS News Positive [4]
USA Today Positive [3]

Tried and True is the fifth full length studio album released by Clay Aiken on June 1, 2010. This album is Aiken's first release on the Decca label. The deluxe edition includes two additional tracks plus a second disk with behind the scenes video and a live performance.[5]


The songs on this album are classics from the 1950s and 1960s. "Unchained Melody" and "Mack the Knife" were performed by Aiken when he was a contestant on American Idol's second season. In an article written after interviewing Aiken, The News & Observer reported that "... the album features a guest turn by saxophonist and label-mate David Sanborn on the Sammy Davis Jr. classic 'What Kind of Fool Am I?' [sic] Vince Gill performs guitar on Andy Williams' legendary 'Moon River.'"[6]


Commercial performance[edit]

The album, selling 22,000 units in its first week, made its debut on the Billboard charts at number nine on the Billboard 200 and number twenty-one on Billboard's Digital Albums.[7] In Canada, the album debuted at number 58 on the Canadian Albums Chart, the lowest debut in Canada for any of his albums.

Critical reception[edit]

The album received positive reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, saying "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."[1]

Track list[edit]

Looking like a worn sleeve from a 1950s or 1960s LP, the Tried and True album art lists the songs included on the front cover.[5]

Standard edition[edit]

  1. "Can't Take My Eyes off You" Written by: Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio 3:18
  2. "What Kind of Fool Am I? (featuring David Sanborn) Written by: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley 3:31
  3. "It's Only Make Believe" Written by: Jack Nance, Conway Twitty 3:13
  4. "Misty" Written by: Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner 4:18
  5. "Mack the Knife" Written by: Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein 3:21
  6. "It's Impossible" Written by: Armando Manzanero, Sid Wayne 4:02
  7. "Unchained Melody" Written by: Alex North, Hy Zaret 4:51
  8. "Suspicious Minds" Written by: Mark James 3:49
  9. "Crying" (duet with Linda Eder) Written by: Joe Melson, Roy Orbison 4:05
  10. "There's a Kind of Hush" Written by: Les Reed, Geoff Stephens 3:00
  11. "Moon River" (featuring Vince Gill) Written by: Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer 4:11
  1. Deluxe edition[edit]

  2. "Who's Sorry Now?" Written by: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Ted Snyder 3:47
  3. "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" Written by: Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield 2:58

    Bonus tracks[edit]

  4. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (iTunes exclusive) Written by: Pino Donaggio, Vito Pallavicini, Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier-Bell 4:12

Disk 2 (deluxe edition)[edit]

  1. Behind The Scenes Look: The Making Of Tried And True 6:22
  2. Build Me Up Buttercup (Live) Written by: Mike d'Abo, Tony Macaulay 2:59

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Linda Eder (appears courtesy of The Verve Music Group)
  • Vince Gill (appears courtesy of MCA Nashville)
  • Dave Sanborn (appears courtesy of Decca Label Group)
  • Pete Beachill - Trombone (Tenor)
  • Gordon Campbell - Trombone (Tenor)
  • Andy Wood -Trombone (Tenor)
  • Dave Stewart - Trombone (Bass)
  • Andy Mackintosh - Flute, Saxophone (Alto)
  • Stan Sulzmann - Flute, Saxophone (Alto)
  • Dave Bishop - Clarinet, Saxophone (Tenor)
  • Ben Castle - Clarinet, Saxophone (Tenor)
  • Jeff Daly - Saxophone (Baritone)
  • Mitch Dalton - Guitar
  • Mark James - Guitar
  • Steve Pearce - Bass (Electric)
  • Mark Hodgson - Double Bass
  • Martin Gordy - Percussion
  • Simon Gardner - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Noel Langley - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Mike Lovatt - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Derek Watkins - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Pete Murray - Piano
  • Ralph Salmins - Drums
  • Quiana Parler - Background vocals, vocal production (Tracks 7 and 11)
  • G-Strings Orchestra (Track 9)
  • Thomas Bowes - Violin
  • Jonathan Rees - Violin
  • Vicci Wardman - Violin
  • Anthony Pleeth - Cello
  • Chris Walden - Arranger, Conductor, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
  • Jesse Vargas - Arranger (Tracks 3 and 9)
  • Ben Cohn - Arranger (Track 7)
  • Carl Marsh - Arranger (Track 11 and 12)
  • Alex Christensen - Producer
  • Isobel Griffiths - Orchestra Contractor
  • Vlado Meller - Mastering
  • Jochem van der Saag - Mixing
  • Vincent Soyez - Photography
  • Dave Novik - Executive Producer, A&R
  • Paul Altomari - A&R coordination
  • Amy Merxbauer - A&R administration
  • Evelyn Morgan - A&R administration
  • Tom Arndt - Package Coordinator
  • Denise Trotman - Package Design
  • Fanny Gotschall - Art Direction

Recording and mixing[edit]

  • Angel Studios, London, UK
  • Home Studios, Hamburg, Germany
  • Universal Mastering Studios, New York City, NY
  • Additional vocals
    • Soundpure Studios, Durham, NC (Track 7)
    • Strange Cranium Studios, New York City, NY (Track 9)
    • Osceola Studios, Raleigh, NC (Track 11)


  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2010-06-01). "Tried & True - Clay Aiken | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Clay Aiken, "Tried & True"". Billboard. 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived August 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Clay Aiken: New Album Is Like a Homecoming". CBS News. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Clay Aiken's 'Tried and True' track listing". 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  6. ^ Ehlers, Matt A classic move Newsobserver. March 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-05
  7. ^ 'Tried and True' Clay Aiken debuts in the Top 10 USA Today. June 09, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-09