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SKIP: Clay Aiken, "Tried and True" [VIDEO]

The "American Idol" Season 9 corpse is barely cold, but here comes Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken gearing up the Idol Alumni Association for the summer break. "Tried and True" — a live album recorded in his hometown of Raleigh — is presumably the official start of Aiken's Vegas career. He makes his way through the songbooks of such latter-day lounge singer-heroes as Fat Elvis ("Suspicious Minds"), Bobby Darin ("Mack the Knife"), and Sammy Davis Jr. ("What Kind of Fool Am I?"). Aiken is no Elvis, no Bobby Darin, and definitely no Sammy. Still, I'm sure we'll see him in Vegas for years to come. And what happens in Vegas...

WATCH a preview from Clay Aiken's album "Tried and True."



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  • lily 2010/06/09 21:35:04
    lily
    +6
    This is one of the silliest reviews I've read in a long time. It's too bad you didn't listen before you wrote this. Clay recorded this album in Germany and London. It is NOT a live album. And, anyone listening would know that.



    And, since the article says they got the info from RCA , it explains a lot. Clay recorded this album with DECCA. He left RCA about a year ago!!!



    Tried and True is one of the best albums all year. Clay's voice soars and the arrangements support him completely. Hopefully, most people will see through the sour grapes from this FOX review and listen to this amazing album. I agree with the reviewers from Billboard and RollingStone who thought the album was good. I guess they listened before they wrote!!



    Truly, you should be so embarrassed!!

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  • CyndyPierce 2010/06/15 19:04:38
    CyndyPierce
    +3
    What a pathetic "review." Try getting your facts straight AND actually listening the the CD.
  • Llana 2010/06/15 18:20:34
    Llana
    Another self proclaimed "critic" is heard from woohoo! don't you guys ever even bother to listen to the CD? BTW there is only one Elvis, one Bobby D. one Sammy Davis...etc, etc, and ONLY ONE CLAY AIKEN, with a beautiful voice !
  • CaroleH 2010/06/14 03:53:13
    CaroleH
    +1
    Please tell me you did not base your review on tidbits from the taping of a PBS Special. If you are going to review an album, REVIEW the album!
    You are absolutely right. Clay is no Elvis, he is no Bobby Darin and he is no Sammy Davis, Jr. Clay has a far superior voice to any of those singers. If it isn't to your taste, just say so but be honest. We haven't heard a voice like this in a long time and it will be a long time before another great one comes along. davis jr clay superior voice singers taste honest heard voice
  • Anna 2010/06/14 02:39:56
    Anna
    +1
    The funniest thing about the video is that on the last frame it plainly says Decca Records. Looks like good ole Shawn not only didn't listen to the album, he didn't even watch the video. LOL
  • kielbasa 2010/06/14 01:30:18 (edited)
    kielbasa
    +1
    Misstatements having already been pointed out by others, it is glaringly obvious that you did not listen to this CD. That you even wrote this "review" boggles the mind. So I read your bio. Now I wonder: how much of that is "true" or just fluff? I'm betting on the latter.
    You might consider trying something along the lines of "real" employment. I understand Safeway is hiring bag boys.
  • MolliLu 2010/06/10 13:36:37
    MolliLu
    +4
    This review is crap and I wouldn't put any stock into anything you ever write again. This CD is brilliant and if you look at the people the produced this CD you've insulted them as well. Clay Aiken is in his element and singing like he needed to be singing from the beginning, but thanks to RCA was never allowed. What your looking at in this video is a live performance for his PBS special, not how the CD was recorded. RCA is history, Decca us now. Get the facts!!
  • donald 2010/06/10 03:53:22
    donald
    +4
    I had to come over and read this for myself. This review is being discussed on another music board. The hundreds there, whether they are a Clay fan or not and laughing at the mistakes in this review.

    Mr. Amos......its OK not to like Clay Aiken. Music is subjective and what you like and what I like don't have to be the same.

    What is not OK is to pretend to know what you are talking about and publish so many mistakes. It makes the entire web-site look silly. You should give the owners of this site a big apology for making people visit here for the wrong reasons.
    Next time, do your homework. Listen to the album and read what is going on. If you don't know the difference between a live performance and a recorded one, you should get another career. If you didn't know that Clay dropped RCA and signed with Decca over a year ago, you didn't do your homework.

    By the way, to me, Tried & True is Clay at his very best. He probably has the best voice around. And he had 3 of the best arrangers to back him up. This album is amazing!
  • maryjo 2010/06/10 01:55:14
    maryjo
    +3
    Clay Aiken is the best vocalist that ever came out of American Idol, this CD is a perfect vehicle for that soaring voice.
    Have you even listened to one note of this CD?
  • angelvoice 2010/06/10 00:46:00 (edited)
    angelvoice
    +5
    All I see is a classy production, great music, great singer. The album (not a live recording), is one not to be missed. This is not a proper review, sounds like you formed opinions based on nothing substantial.
  • BonnieBloseCollmer 2010/06/10 00:13:30
    BonnieBloseCollmer
    +2
    What a stupid review.
  • vanillacoke 2010/06/09 23:41:58
    vanillacoke
    +2
    ... snort ...
    I think that Shawn either has Bieber Fever or has been having too much of what LiLo is having and can't think clearly .
  • Sooze 2010/06/09 22:36:59
    Sooze
    +5
    Yes folks, journalism is dead - it was killed by the internet. Gone are the days of intelligent people actually doing research, listening and writing a cognizant piece. Let us all bow our heads for a moment of silence. Anyway, this is the silliest review I've seen to date. Not because they don't like the CD, honestly to each their own, but the glaring fact that they didn't even listen to it and have no clue whatsoever what's going on with Clay Aiken. At least I know where NOT to come for factual stories. Where NOT to come for insightful reviews. As a matter of fact, I'll probably do just the opposite of whatever they suggest since their bias is showing, big time.
  • Liz 2010/06/09 22:35:58 (edited)
    Liz
    +3
    first off ..did you even listen to this CD? It is awesome!! Don't skip it!
    second.. to call the past greats lounge singer just makes anything you have to say about anyone null and void...

    pretty sad Shawn, pretty sad
  • Angela 2010/06/09 21:54:17
    Angela
    +3
    Shawn...........what were you thinking?? You're reputation just went down a lot. You need to listen to the album before you review it. I wonder how many times you do this.

    Clay Aiken has a marvelous voice and he is supported so well by the fine arrangers that worked on the album.

    Did Fox put you up to this or was it RCA. I guess you can pay for reviews these days.

    Hm......not a live album, not recorded by RCA.......2 really big mistakes!! It really makes me laugh!!
  • lily 2010/06/09 21:35:04
    lily
    +6
    This is one of the silliest reviews I've read in a long time. It's too bad you didn't listen before you wrote this. Clay recorded this album in Germany and London. It is NOT a live album. And, anyone listening would know that.



    And, since the article says they got the info from RCA , it explains a lot. Clay recorded this album with DECCA. He left RCA about a year ago!!!



    Tried and True is one of the best albums all year. Clay's voice soars and the arrangements support him completely. Hopefully, most people will see through the sour grapes from this FOX review and listen to this amazing album. I agree with the reviewers from Billboard and RollingStone who thought the album was good. I guess they listened before they wrote!!



    Truly, you should be so embarrassed!!
  • BeckyLooney 2010/06/09 21:34:05
    BeckyLooney
    +5
    First of all to call the greats lounge singers is pathetic! 2nd this album is a masterpiece!! but you wouldn't know that because you haven't listened to it!! 3rd Clay is no longer with RCA but decca..and has been for a year now!! 3rd this album is studio recorded not live!! so there you go!! your fact checker is crap!!!
  • Chris 2010/06/09 20:20:20
    Chris
    +3
    This is not a live recording. Obviously you didn't listen to it. LOL!! And since your source is RCA (which I wouldn't doubt) and he dumped them, I consider the source.
  • Sasha 2010/06/09 20:08:28
    Sasha
    +3
    You're an idiot. It isn't a live album and he isn't with RCA and your opinion is crap since you didn't even listen to the album.
  • Anne 2010/06/09 20:02:23
    Anne
    +3
    I don't think I want to skip this. It looks and sounds pretty amazing to me. And, I think Clay Aiken is with DECCA now, not RCA.
  • JanClay 2010/06/09 19:56:53
    JanClay
    +5
    This is one I am glad that I did not skip! Tried and True is amazing!!

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