Baptized [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888837965521
  • Catalog Number: 379655
  • Sales rank: 611

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baptized (3:11)
  2. 2 Waiting For Superman (4:26)
  3. 3 Battleships (3:52)
  4. 4 I'll Fight (3:00)
  5. 5 Wild Heart (3:50)
  6. 6 Long Live Rock & Roll (3:36)
  7. 7 The World We Knew (3:35)
  8. 8 High Above the Ground (3:11)
  9. 9 Broken Arrows (4:08)
  10. 10 Witness (4:11)
  11. 11 Traitor (3:03)
  12. 12 18 Years (4:51)
  13. 13 Undefeated (3:40)
  14. 14 Cinderella (3:13)
  15. 15 Battleships (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daughtry Primary Artist
Glenn Fischbach Celli
Victor Indrizzo Percussion, Drums
Tim Pierce Bass, Guitar
Josh Steely Guitar, Mandolin, Group Member
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Josh Paul Bass, Group Member
Robin Diaz Drums, Group Member
Tim James Mandolin
Jennie Lorenzo Celli
Toby Gad Musician
Martin Johnson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Background Vocals
John Keefe Drums
Chris Daughtry Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Group Member
Brian Craddock Guitar, Group Member
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Chuck Harmony Piano
Eliza Cho Violin
Daniel Damico Acoustic Guitar
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 Keyboards, Background Vocals, Musician, Group Member
John August Background Vocals
Scott "the Ninja" Stevens Guitar, Background Vocals
Dayna Anderson Violin
Emma Kimmrow Violin
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Larry Gold String Arrangements, String Conductor
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Michael Muller Band Photo
Onree Gill Producer
Tim James Composer
Gersh Drum Technician
Sam Hollander Composer
Chris Feldmann Art Direction
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Toby Gad Composer, Programming, Producer
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
John Alicastro Programming
John August Digital Editing
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
Scott Stevens Composer
Chris Bernard Digital Editing, Drum Technician
DreZa Producer
Micahel Lauri Programming
Scott "the Ninja" Stevens Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Smh Engineer
Speed Ninja Engineer
Mark Holeman drum programming, Drum Engineering
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