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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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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.

Mediocrity At Its Finest

Leave This Town is nothing new, containing the same hooks and pseudo-grunge as the band's self titled debut as well as other similar artists such as Creed and Nickelback. However, people seem to like Daughtry, with their debut album ruling the charts and radio in 2006, 2007, 2008 and even into 2009. What keeps this album from deserving fewer stars is Chris' chops. This boy can sing his butt off. And it is for this reason and this reason only that Leave This Town ranks high on the over long list of mainstream, radio friendly rock albums, though never capturing the same resonance as the first album, Leave This Town should not be deemed a sophomore slump. Daughtry's second album is mediocre, but done in such a way that this fact can be pushed aside.

Good Sophmore Effort. More "rock" Sound.

This album is a good second album by Daughtry. The first album had a little bit of a "pop" sound to it; this album steers nearly completely away from that. There is definitely a more "rock" guitar heavy sound. The only fault of this album is that some of the songs tend to blend in that stereotypical "rock" sound and the album tends to lose some of the uniqness(if that’s not a word it is now) that the first album had. However, this album is still different than most other albums out there... 1. You Don't Belong: 3/5 2. No Surprise: 5/5 - The first single off the album is a great catchy song that has already made moves on the charts. 3. Every Time You Turn Around: 4/5 4. Life After You:4/5 5. What I Meant to Say: 3/5 - Probably the one of the heaviest song on the album. 6: Open Up Your Eyes: 4/5 7: September: 5/5 8: Ghost of Me:3/5 9: Learn My Lesson: 4/5 10: Supernatural: 3/5 11: Tennessee Line: 5/5 - Has the slightest hint of a country sound to it. 12: Call Your Name: 4/5 13: What Have We Become (Bonus Track): 4/5 14: On the Inside (Bonus Track): 4/5 I'd say the overall rating is a 4.5/5.

Biography

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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