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Daughtry, Daughtry

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

CHRIS Daughtry first came to America’s attention as a finalist on the fifth series of hit show American Idol in 2006. He’d been tipped to win and caused a huge upset when he was voted off, coming fourth.

Much like Jennifer Hudson, another losing contender, Daughtry rose above such disappointment to go it alone. His subsequent debut album – compiled with the help of Josh Paul (bass), Joey Barnes (drums), Brian Craddock (guitar) and Josh Steely (guitar) – reached No.1 in the Billboard Chart and has been in the US top 10 every week since release, selling 2.4 million copies by May.

Needless to say, he’s barely had time to look back on those American Idol days. And good for him. It’s just a shame that his eponymous album is just so darn dull.

Earnest American power rock has always been something of a mixed blessing to UK listeners and so it seems Daughtry might fall into the same category. From the moment lead single It’s Not Over begins, you get the feeling that this is just another Nickelback/Bon Jovi wannabe.

The lyrics are almost always lovelorn, aching and take themselves way too seriously. Take, for instance, the album opener with its opening blast of “I was blown away, what could I say, it all seemed to make sense, you’ve taken everything away”. Coupled with those powerhouse vocals and crunching, stadium-sized riffs, it’s designed to be heady and impassioned. But it lacks anything to really make it stand out.

The remainder of the album is packed full of similarly worthy but dull sentiment. Used To drops lines like “you used to talk to me like I was the only one around”; Over You begins with “now that it’s all said and done, I can’t believe you were the one, to build me up then tear me down”; and What I Want imparts “I still remember all the stupid things I’ve said and done, but still you stuck around with me when all your friends said run”.

Worse, on tracks like All These Lives we have impassioned lyrics such as “they’re gonna find you just believe (you’re not a person), you’re a disease” and “deep inside my heart is breaking, broken homes from separation, don’t you know its violation, it’s so wrong but you’ll see”.

Had some of the backing instrumentation not conformed to the same weighty self-importance as those lyrics, the album may have been bearable.

But when Daughtry bellows “I’m going home, back to the place where I belong”, you can’t help but wish he’d stay there!

Track listing:

  1. It’s Not Over
  2. Used To
  3. Home
  4. Over You
  5. Crashed
  6. Feels Like Tonight
  7. What I Want – Feat. Slash
  8. Breakdown
  9. Gone

There And Back Again
  1. All These Lives
  2. What About Now
  3. Breakdown [Live]

  1. I’ve read where Chris Daughtry basically agrees with you, saying he’d prefer developing the harder edged sound suggested in the track “There And Back Again”. But being that he already had a mammoth fan base to appease after American Idol, he had to start out at least with more pop overtones or lose his momentum entirely. B.S.? Dunno. What do you say? For more back and forth on Daughtry check out my blog: www.chrisdaughtry-fan.info.

    Sage Kalmus    Aug 20    #