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When Chris Daughtry passed on the chance to become the lead singer of established rockers Fuel, it seemed like he was missing a great opportunity. It turns out that the move was a smart one as, with his band Daughtry, he's since become a massive force on the scene of new hard rock. The group's heavy, heart-on-a-sleeve debut became the best-selling album of 2007. Leave This Town finds our American Idol hero handling the solution to the second album question by making everything bigger and heavier. Roping in fellow new rock revivalist Chad Kroeger on first single "No Surprise," the band bristle with energy and the emotional pull of someone who's actually seen a good relationship fall apart. That track's balance of acoustic sensitivity and electric bombast is pitted against more high-energy rockers like "Every Time You Turn Around" and "You Don't Belong." Elsewhere, the ballad "Call Your Name" shows Daughtry's remarkable talent as an expressive singer and ends with a rock fury greater than any of the other more high-octane tracks.

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It's no surprise...

It's No Surprise that Daughtry STILL rocks. I personally like this album better than their previous album, because this offers more depth. As for individual songs, here's a list. 1. You Don't Belong: A great song to start the album off with. More upbeat. 5/5 2. No Surprise: Excelent single. Great beat. Good lyrics. 5/5 3. Every time You Turn Around: Another upbeat, high octane song, with great gutair. 5/5 4. Life after you: A slower song, but still very catchy. 5/5 5. What I meant to say: Good beat, the lyrics really stand out. 5/5 6. Open Up Your Eyes: Good beat, again good lyrics. Too slow for my taste though. 4/5 7. September: Another slow song, but not too slow. Still good lyrics. 5/5 8. Ghost of Me: High octane. Harder rock, but still recognizable as Daughtry. 9. Learn My lesson: Good lyrics. Good speed, not too fast or slow. 5/5 10. Supernatural: Slow tempo, but still good. 5/5 11. Tennessee Line: Slow, delving into country genre. 4/5 12. Call Your Name: Starts very slow, but picks up a ton at the end. 5/5 Overall an awesome album, one of my new favorites.

Daughtry proves its worth in quality material on 'Leave This Town'

Nearly three years after Daughtry’s debut album was released and made history, the band returns to the forefront of the music world with its latest disc ‘Leave This Town.’ Produced by Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson’s ‘All I Ever Wanted’), ‘Town’ provides fans with a perfect mix of high-powered, edgy rock with heartfelt ballads and radio-friendly mid-tempos. Kicking off the disc with an explosive punch, Daughtry returns in full form on “You Don’t Belong,” which gives off a Hoobastank vibe and could light the active rock chart on fire if given the chance. Other up-tempo offerings found on the album are the chilling “Ghost of Me,” which features a chorus similar to the one found in “Belong,” and the formulaic yet still appealing “Supernatural.” On “What I Meant to Say,” Chris teams up with Brian Howes and the pair produce a radio-friendly anthem that has lyrics that any man could identify with (“I know I said I’m sorry / But that’s not what I meant to say”). The song documents the emotional pain a man is receiving from his wife/girlfriend. Although it would not seem likely that the ballads would outshine the up-tempo rock tracks here, the assortment of the former on ‘Town’ is surprisingly solid. In fact, the album’s strongest song comes in “September,” which is nothing short of beautiful. The lyrics are what really make the song what it is (“In the middle of September / We still play out in the rain / Nothing to lose but everything to gain / Reflecting now on how things could have been / It was worth it in the end”). There are also a few tracks that are well-suited for Hot AC, like the catchy “Every Time You Turn Around” and the mid-tempo love song “Life After You.” The Chris D./Mitch Allan/Chris Tompkins collaboration “Learn My Lesson” sounds like a perfect soundtrack selection for an ‘Iron Man’-like film. The album’s weakest track comes in the form of “Open Up Your Eyes,” which appears sixth on the track list. It is not that the song is bad per se. It’s just that the melody sounds a little off and it comes off sounding pretty bland in comparison to the other songs. Fortunately, this is the only real bumpy spot on ‘Town.’ Not to be missed is the album’s first single, “No Surprise,” as it pops up as track No. 2 and acts as a mid-tempo bridge connecting the more lively offerings “Belong” with “Turn Around.” “Surprise” includes an extended final verse that gives the song a fresh sound. Daughtry also uses ’Town’ as a launching pad to experiment with a country sound, as the band calls on Vince Gill to provide backing vocals on the subdued southern rock track “Tennessee Line.” It turns out that Chris’ vocals blend very well with country music instrumentation, and so the genre could possibly be an avenue the band will further pursue in the future. The band’s choice of “Call Your Name” to close out the standard version of ‘Town’ comes as no surprise, as the track’s soft opening leaves the listener longing for more, and then when the action is ratcheted up three-quarters of the way through, everything seems complete. The album ends on as active a note as it began. Chris had a hand in writing all 12 of the tracks on ‘Town.’ This fact alone signals that this band is not just a one-album wonder, and regardless of how well ‘Leave This Town’ fares commercially, the album easily overshadows the band’s extremely successful debut. Whichever town the guys left on this album, odds are the next town they turn up in will be even better.

Love It or Leave It

Okay; so I'll be the one to ride the middle of the road here along with one other reviewer so far. I'll give this album the same rating as I did his debut. I just don't see this as a five star outing, but that's my opinion. For those of you on the Daughtry bandwagon then you'll give this sophomore effort nothing less. I like Daughtry and I think he has a great voice and I was really expecting him to break out and do something different on his second release since he had more control to do what he wanted. Yeah, I know, as one reviewer said, if it ain't broken don't fix it. But what's wrong with thinking out of the box, being edgy and getting out of that comfort zone to make a really great album. Overall, the album is good and each song is a catchy song if that's what you like. But, to be honest, each song sounds like the leftover's from his debut album that never made the cut. I'm not saying I don't like this as I have it in my mix, but I think he could have done so much more than just playing it safe and keeping it pretty generic and like his first album. I know, it's the record business and this sells, but I was looking for more originality on this release as compared to the first release with the record company more in control. I don't have any favorites here yet although the opening track does open up great so I thought I was in for a nice surprise, but then track two opened up and it really wasn't a surprise any longer. No offense to any die hard Daughtry fan out there, but I was just expecting better. I won't repeat step by step each song as other reviewer's already have done that. With all that said, if you like Daughtry's first release then you'll be sure to love this release without even leaving your town.


Formed: 2006 in McLeansville, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Building on his start as one of the most popular finalists of American Idol's fifth season, Chris Daughtry's post-Idol career spanned the archetypal modern rock of his early albums to the folk- and dance-tinged territory of 2010s albums such as Baptized. Where Bo Bice proved that American Idol could have a rocker as a finalist, Chris Daughtry proved that the show could generate a successful rocker outside the context of the show. Of course, it helped that he was the polar opposite of Bice, a shaggy...
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