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Daughtry - 2011 Break The Spell

ARTIST: Daughtry
ALBUM: Break The Spell
SERIAL: 88697-61813-2
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Chris Daughtry - lead vocals * Josh Steely - guitar * Brian Craddock - guitar * Josh Paul - bass * Robin Diaz - drums * Howard Benson - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Renegade * 02 Crawling Back To You * 03 Outta My Head * 04 Start Of Something Good * 05 Crazy * 06 Break The Spell * 07 We're Not Gonna Fall * 08 Gone Too Soon * 09 Losing My Mind * 10 Rescue Me * 11 Louder Than Ever * 12 Spaceship * 13 Who's They (bonus) * 14 Maybe We're Already Gone (bonus) * 15 Everything But Me (bonus) * 16 Lullaby (bonus)



The first two albums by Daughtry were big hits that established the band as a major act. But they couldn't seem to stay in the public's mind as much as other similar bands. Some of that is good - they have never inspired the contempt that has been heaped upon peers like Nickelback. But they also have not had the visibility of other peers like Maroon 5. 'Break The Spell' was released in November 2011, slightly two years after 'Leave This Town'. That's pretty close these days, and obviously they didn't want to lose any more momentum than they'd already begun to lose.

The Songs
Daughtry seems to believe that twelve songs is a magic number. Again, Chris Daughtry is the main songwriter, with contributions from other band members and outside writers. Two singles were released prior to the release of the album, and these are the first two songs. 'Renegade' and 'Crawling Back To You' are both on the harder edge of Daughtry's spectrum. The latter did get some decent chart action , but not to the level of their previous big hits. 'Outta My Head' has quite a bit of spunk and is a really nice tune. It was single number three, and it also stalled before making it too far up the charts. While these are definitely good songs, I believe the casual Daughtry fans had moved on. 'Start Of Something Good' is a change of pace, a more subdued song that was single number four. Surprisingly, it didn't make much of a dent on the charts, even though it sounds like the type of song that should have been a hit. 'Crazy', 'Break The Spell' and 'We're Not Gonna Fall' are all good songs that are neither too hard nor too soft.

'Gone Too Soon' imagines how a deceased child might have grown up, so you can safely assume it's one of those tunes designed to tug at the heartstrings. The next four songs definitely have a more retro feel than anything we've heard so far. Not quite like it was pulled straight from the 80's, but more along the lines of how a country song from today sounds remarkably like a country song from 25 years ago. 'Losing My Mind' is a highlight for me, containing the line 'One part angel and one part danger' - really - how in the history of rock lyrics had that line gone unused. 'Rescue Me' is easy-breezy stuff. 'Louder Than Ever' and 'Spaceship' finish the album on a good fun note, sounding less modern than expected. As far as bonus tracks, 'Who's They' and 'Everything But Me' are more on the brooding side, where 'Maybe We're Already Gone' is a real winner that should have booted one of the other tunes from the album (I'm just not sure which one). 'Lullaby' is not a proper song, just Chris and an acoustic guitar singing to his young twins.

In Summary
Unfortunately for Daughtry, the downward trend in sales and airplay continued with this album. It's not a knock on the quality of the material, but rather that the novelty has worn off since Chris Daughtry is getting further removed from his success on American Idol. Daughtry will never be a darling of a majority of music critics, as they apparently must take an oath of some sort to trash this type of music every chance they get. But I write for the common man. Or at least the man who thinks a band like this can put out good material. And this is definitely a good album. Not as heavy (in a slick way) as the debut, but still with enough hard moments to be worthwhile listening for those who have an ear for modern U.S. corporate rock.

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