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Break the Spell

Daughtry

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Album Review

DAUGHTRY snap back to life with 2011’s Break the Spell. Working once again with producer Howard Benson, a collaborator since the early days when it wasn’t clear whether Chris Daughtry’s charms would translate outside of American Idol, DAUGHTRY add color back into their desaturated post-grunge, embracing their lineage as radio-ready rockers. Often, Break the Spell harks back to the glory days of the late ‘80s, when rockers played golden gods all for the sake of video cameras, secure in the knowledge that heavy rotation on MTV and AOR radio would shift millions of CDs. So it is with Break the Spell: there’s a candied confidence to DAUGHTRY’s swagger, they’re unconcerned with sobriety, they’re happy to have their riffs over-muscled, happy to have every speckle of their production sparkle. It’s still loud music — both by design and brickwalled mastering — but Daughtry has softened his defining trait as a rocker: he’s dampened his dourness, choosing to dabble in levity at least as far as surface sonics are concerned. It’s hard to imagine the Daughtry of 2006 acquiescing to the disco-rock on the syncopated stomp “Outta My Head,” but here it’s part of a record colored by shellacked harmonies — arriving via vocals and six-strings — ambient echoes, and acoustics, all working in service of melody, not brawn. It’s as if DAUGHTRY believe they’ve earned their rock & roll stripes so they no longer need to prove that they’re for real — they can just ease into the role of sugary arena rockers that they’ve always been destined to be.

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first review!!!

daughtry has been my favorite band for years, and even though i like the self titled album the most, this is a close second!! its absolutely amazing!

Daughtry - Break The Spell

Since bursting onto the scene after his shocking American Idol Season 5 elimination, Chris Daughtry and his eponymous band of pop-rockers have solidified into rock-hard mainstays. Daughtry, the band, puts a firm foot forward on its third LP, Break The Spell; while Daughtry, the man, showcases previously unheard brassy nuances to his let-‘er-rip vocals. On first listen, this set of tough-guy-with-a-soft-side tracks might feel like the kind of fare suburban moms secretly jam to in their immaculately vacuumed and Windexed SUVs (hey, y’all, you best believe white girls got angst, too), or worse, it might sound unsettlingly like a Nickelback album.

Fear not, Daughtry fans; although the songwriting leaves a lot to be desired (just take one look at the titles, and you’ll think of several other bands that recorded slightly different tracks by the same name: “Renegade,” “Crawling Back to You,” “Outta My Head,” among others), this batch of vanilla tunes aren’t as lifeless as they seem. Daughtry does not disappoint, providing the sound musicianship they’ve come to be known for. New drummer, Robin Diaz, pounds new life into the band’s signature power-choruses. There’s no denying the climactic hooks featured on first single “Crawling Back to You”—which has turned into something of a mild success in spite of limited publicity—or on the title track, which will leave any fan of mainstream music yearning for the golden age of pop-rock (circa 2005-2007…before the dark times, before the electro-dance-pop empire).

Daughtry continues walking a fine line between elements of Americana country (“Gone Too Soon,” “Louder Than Ever”) and not-so-heavy metal (“Crazy”), which they established as their genre of choice on their sophomore effort, Leave This Town. They balance a gruff swagger with polished charisma, a smart blend for the band, commercially, because of its appeal to Middle America—who might be the only people left buying CDs. Love it or hate it, the pro-life message on “Gone Too Soon” will have the religious Right as the kind of built-in audience that is sure to move units.

Overall, Daughtry delivers a lukewarm effort, but that doesn’t discount that the flavors here are delicious. It’s familiar and feel-good, a white-bread collection that pleases the ears and might fuel a great mid-tempo workout (“Losing My Mind”)—maybe even slip into a wedding slideshow or two (“Start of Something Good”)—but you’ll forget about it altogether by next year (unless, of course, they’re still overplaying one residual single on Adult Contemporary radio). Buy this one at half-price during one of Amazon’s dirt-cheap blowout sales. It’s well worth the money, but it’s not a must-hear that you can’t wait a few months to check out.

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love it! daughtry rocks my sockks!

Biography

Formed: 2006 in McLeansville, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bo Bice proved that American Idol could have a rocker as a finalist, but 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 retro-rocker soaked in the South. Bold and bald, Daughtry was the picture of a modern rocker, living by the rulebook written by Live and Fuel. These were the qualities that helped make Chris...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative
  • Released: Nov 18, 2011

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