Baptized

Baptized

by Daughtry
     
 

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Fun does not seem to come easily to Chris Daughtry, the leader and namesake of DAUGHTRY. Even when he was the leading rocker on American Idol at the peak of its popularity, he never seemed to enjoy being on the big stage and that sourness carried over to his professional career, when he consciously chose to brood instead of party. This

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Fun does not seem to come easily to Chris Daughtry, the leader and namesake of DAUGHTRY. Even when he was the leading rocker on American Idol at the peak of its popularity, he never seemed to enjoy being on the big stage and that sourness carried over to his professional career, when he consciously chose to brood instead of party. This served him well for a while, but eventually the specter of middle age loomed, both in his personal life and in his career, as he started to stare down the horizon of a decade in the biz. Faced with slightly diminishing returns -- 2011's Break the Spell was the first DAUGHTRY record to not go platinum, or to spawn a Top 20 single -- Chris Daughtry decided to look on the bright side of life for Baptized, his fourth album as the frontman of DAUGHTRY. Baptized seems like a standard-issue post-grunge title -- the kind of heavily weighted one-word nonsense that suggests big, serious things -- but the album itself is by no means a neo-grunge throwback. Daughtry is quite conscious of what year it is, so he's happy to alternate between super-stylized soft rock sculpted on a computer -- anytime there is a power ballad, which is often, the precision is exact -- and rousing neo-roots stomps that bring to mind the insistence of the Lumineers. Folk-rock may be the fashion but Daughtry's blood flows from arena rock, resulting in such ungodly hybrids as "Long Live Rock & Roll," a song overstuffed with puns set to a big-footed stomp. Here, Daughtry forces himself to smile, just like he does in the video for the album's first single, "Waiting for Superman," and even if he never winds up with something that approaches levity, the proceedings are certainly lighter than anything he's attempted. This does make a notable difference. Perhaps DAUGHTRY are a shade more anonymous -- they're not distinguished by the love of post-grunge that made them heavier than their peers throughout their career -- but they benefit from being a shade more nimble, ready to thread now sounds into a sensibility stuck in the past. It helps that Daughtry never seems to recognize when he's getting silly: surely, that pun-ridden "Long Live Rock & Roll" qualifies, but the "boom boom boom boom boom boom boom" chorus of "Battleships" does as well, as does almost every cut here. Perhaps it's easy to laugh, but that ignores a crucial factor: Daughtry has never allowed DAUGHTRY to be silly before this record. This relative lightness makes a big difference -- it also helps that the music itself is relatively nimble -- and, ultimately, this turns Baptized into the best album he or his band has made. He's updated his sound just enough to stay relevant but, more importantly, he doesn't get in the way of a good tune.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2013
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0888837775427
catalogNumber:
377754
Rank:
4367

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Performance Credits

Daughtry   Primary Artist
Glenn Fischbach   Celli
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Tim Pierce   Bass,Guitar
Josh Steely   Group Member
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Josh Paul   Group Member
Robin Diaz   Group Member
Tim James   Mandolin
Jennie Lorenzo   Celli
Martin Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Background Vocals
John Keefe   Drums
Chris Daughtry   Group Member
Brian Craddock   Group Member
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Chuck Harmony   Piano
Eliza Cho   Violin
Jake Sinclair   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jr. Charles Parker   Violin
Davis Barnett   Viola
Charles Parker   Violin
Brandon Paddock   Bass,Electric Guitar
Rock Mafia   Background Vocals
Johnny Blk   Background Vocals,Musician
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Elvio Fernandes   Musician,Group Member
John August   Background Vocals
Dayna Anderson   Violin
Emma Kimmrow   Violin

Technical Credits

Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Michael Muller   Band Photo
Tim James   Composer
Gersh   Drum Technician
Sam Hollander   Composer
Chris Feldmann   Art Direction
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Claude Kelly   Composer,Producer
Martin Johnson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
David Schuler   Additional Production
Kyle Moorman   Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Chris Daughtry   Composer
Steve Hammons   Engineer
Steve Shebby   Programming,Engineer
Aaron Dudley   Additional Production
Adam Comstock   Engineer
Jake Sinclair   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Busbee   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Antonio Armato   Composer
Mike Piazza   Engineer
Michael Muller   Band Photo
Brandon Paddock   Programming,Engineer,Additional Production
Rock Mafia   Producer
Johnny Blk   Producer,Additional Production
John Lardieri   Composer
MDL   Producer
Elvio Fernandes   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Bernard   Drum Technician
DreZa   Producer
Smh   Engineer
Speed Ninja   Engineer

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