On Monday afternoon, The Examiner.com published a review on Tried & True, the new Clay Aiken CD that is due out on June 1st.
ALBUM PREVIEWS: Releases for the week of June 1, 2010
By REVIEWniverse Staff
The Claynation is Aiken for this retro collection. (Photo: Decca)
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So to kick things off, here’s our take on what you can expect from artists as varied as Clay Aiken, Sleigh Bells, Taio Cruz and Hawthorne Heights, all of whom have new LPs landing down the week of June 1, 2010.
Clay Aiken Tried & True (Decca)
This is Clay’s fifth studio album, and it features classic songs from ’50s and ’60s. The American Idol Season 2 runner-up does have a great ear for good melodic songs. To wit, Tried & True cuts like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Moon River,” “Crying,” Herman’s Hermits’ much-under-appreciateed “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “Suspicious Minds” and “Misty.” Aiken also includes two songs he made his signatures on Idol: “Unchained Melody” and “Mack the Knife,” which are the perfect vehicles for his soaring vocals. Congrats, Claynation, your idol will be out on the road with Ruben Stoddard this summer.
IN OTHER WORDS: Love his style or not, Clay’s a great vocalist, and these terrific selections are right up his alley.
Sneak REVIEWs ANTICIPATION RATING: 8.7/10
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