Break the Spell

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

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886976181321
  • Catalog Number: 761813
  • Sales rank: 33,543

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Renegade (3:35)
  2. 2 Crawling Back to You (3:45)
  3. 3 Outta My Head (3:31)
  4. 4 Start of Something Good (4:24)
  5. 5 Crazy (3:24)
  6. 6 Break the Spell (3:31)
  7. 7 We're Not Gonna Fall (3:19)
  8. 8 Gone Too Soon (3:36)
  9. 9 Losing My Mind (3:48)
  10. 10 Rescue Me (3:23)
  11. 11 Louder Than Ever (3:37)
  12. 12 Spaceship (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daughtry Primary Artist
Howard Benson Keyboards
Josh Steely Guitar
Josh Paul Bass
Robin Diaz Drums
Chris Daughtry Vocals
Brian Craddock Guitar
Technical Credits
Howard Benson Producer
Paul DeCarli Engineer, Digital Editing
Marti Frederiksen Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Josh Steely Composer
Brett James Composer
Dave Bassett Composer
Zac Maloy Composer
Josh Paul Composer
Chris Feldmann Art Direction
Marc VanGool Guitar Techician
Jon Nicholson Drum Technician
Chris Daughtry Composer
Brian Craddock Composer
Christian Marc Groomer
Hatsukazu Inagaki Engineer
Greg Wiktorski Composer
Elvio Fernandes Composer
Mike Plitnikoo Engineer
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