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Daughtry [Deluxe Version]

Daughtry [Deluxe Version]

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by Daughtry

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Everything that made Chris Daughtry insufferable as a contestant on American Idol -- his utter lack of humor, his oppressive earnestness, his desire to sing every song in the same gut-wrenching fashion, a style that only suited the post-grunge brooding that is his chosen specialty -- work for him on his post-Idol debut


Everything that made Chris Daughtry insufferable as a contestant on American Idol -- his utter lack of humor, his oppressive earnestness, his desire to sing every song in the same gut-wrenching fashion, a style that only suited the post-grunge brooding that is his chosen specialty -- work for him on his post-Idol debut album, Daughtry. Technically, this is not a solo album, it's the debut of a band called Daughtry, which is actually spelled all in capital letters, which could be seen as a sign that Chris Daughtry might have a bit of a credibility complex. It certainly seems as if he thinks he'll only be taken seriously as part of a band that, like lots of bands from the grunge revolution, is spelled in a specific, exacting way, even if it means that by the rules of the internet he is, quite literally, shouting at us -- which is only appropriate for a singer who is fueled by Fuel and lives by Live. And, let's face facts, DAUGHTRY was formed by Daughtry not only after his run on American Idol, but after he recorded this debut album: the band is for show, to prove that he's the real deal, baby, not some pansy TV singer. It's a posture that's not only just a teeny bit defensive, but one that's utterly unnecessary because the album DAUGHTRY is actually very good, whether it's judged by the standards of American Idol or by the standards of Fuel or Nickelback. Compared to Fuel -- the band that invited Daughtry to be their frontman after he was voted off Idol -- Daughtry has a lighter touch not just in his delivery but also in his songs, which are far hookier than most post-grunge; and if he's compared to Nickelback, he's a far more appealing frontman than that lunkhead Chad Kroeger, with a greater vocal range and far more sensitivity in his singing. Daughtry's way with a hook and empathetic emoting are placed far up in the unapologetically professional mix on DAUGHTRY, which is designed to cross over not to the pop market -- everybody involved knew that DAUGHTRY had that anyway thanks to Daughtry's TV celebrity -- but to the rock market, so everybody involved made sure not to temper the guitars with layers of synths or even to indulge in too many power ballads. The resulting album may play strictly by the rules of mainstream post-grunge and it may never achieve the sweat and grit that real rock bands do even after they've been cleaned up in the studio, but it follows the modern rock blueprint exceedingly well, creating drama even in its pedestrian moments. It also helps that the songs are sturdier than most post-grunge, with big, anthemic hooks on the choruses and verses that are lively enough not to bore. In short, it sounds like the work of a bunch of professionals, which is true to a certain extent: it was produced by Howard Benson, best-known for LPs by My Chemical Romance and All-American Rejects, but Benson and DAUGHTRY didn't draft in a bunch of pros to write the songs -- each tune bears a writing credit by Daughtry, and most of them are solo credits. Listening to these songs, it would be easy to mistake them for the work of seasoned pros: they not only follow the template of post-grunge well, they do it with better hooks and a commercial flair lacking from bands like Fuel and Shinedown, bands that have inspired Daughtry but who he betters here. To put it mildly, that's a surprise -- not just that Daughtry pulled off the tricky move of being pop enough for his Idol fans and rock enough for post-grungers, but that he pulled it off on the strength of his own work. While he hasn't shaken off all the problems that plagued him on the show -- he still could learn that a sense of humor helps add depth to his music, or at least he could realize that rock & roll should be fun at least some of the time -- but he's made those qualities work on a debut that's not only a lot more credible than any American Idol-affiliated rock album should be, but it's a lot easier to digest than most of its ilk. [The deluxe 2008 reissue of Daughtry's eponymous 2006 debut is expanded by four new audio tracks -- a live version of the band's first big hit "It's Not Over," acoustic versions of "Home" and "What About Now" (the latter taken from their Idol Gives Back performance), and a cover of Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time" that is a little bit too close to lead singer Chris Daughtry's American Idol roots -- and a DVD that has all the band's promotional videos, two live performances, and some interviews. All of this is material designed to get fans who already own the debut to purchase the record again, and while the musical offerings are a bit meager -- only "Feels Like the First Time" is genuinely new, and it's not that good -- the DVD should be enough to tide over hardcore fans until the second album.]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daughtry   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Slash   Guitar
Phil X.   Guitar
Chris Chaney   Bass

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dana Calitri   Composer
Kathy Sommer   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Mitch Allan   Composer
Zac Maloy   Composer
Shep Solomon   Composer
Stirling McIlwaine   Management
Nina Ossoff   Composer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer
Mark Wilkerson   Composer
Brian Howes   Composer
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Simon Fuller   Management
David Hodges   Composer
Ben Moody   Composer
Chris Daughtry   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer

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Daughtry 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
certainly, this must be a mistake...anyone who has ever listened to this c.d, knows it is in no way, shape or form offensive...please remove this label!!! this album is appropriate for all ages, and doesn't even IMPLY anything which could be construed as offensive...for the potential buyers who may let this explicit lyric label deter you, please reconsider..you'd be missing out on the most enjoyable album to be released in a long time...it's good clean rock, with meaningful, catchy songs, that you'll not soon forget!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is good music, really good music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love it, love it, love it!!! This guy truly rocks! a great balance of rock-genre with a truly talented ability to sing, with a "knockout voice." Absolutely awesome songs too! Can't wait for next album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to use the word amazing but it seems to be the most used adjective describing this CD! I "DO NOT" watch American Idol but am blown away by Daughtry! Stephen Thomas Erlewine (critic) seemed shocked by the depth of this CD in his review. Well, I'd like to know what else he was shocked with because I will buy it in a heartbeat!! Congratulations to ALL the members of Daughtry and best wishes for a long and prosperous future!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't really like rock, I am not opposed to it, but I usually just don't listen to it, but this CD does not make me feel like I am listening to rock, also this CD is very well rounded, and you can tell that Chris is not hurting his voice as he sings like most rockers that I have heard. My two favorites are Used To and What About Now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Nickelback did not exist as a band, I would say this is a great CD. But the fact that you get the, "Haven't I heard this one before?" feeling with just about every song, it gets old really fast. Don't get me wrong, this is quality stuff, just not all that original. Nickelback has been repeating themselves already enough, so having another band repeat the same material again is just not necessary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Daughty's music and lyrics is emotionally driven. I like that fact that he puts his soul into his music. My favorite song on the CD is "It's Not Over". I found this song to be deeply moving, although all the songs are beautiful written and masterfully sung. Chris Daughty is a Power House! He's Top Notch all the way!
Sedonasongwriter More than 1 year ago
Overall I think this is a very forgettable first effort by Chris. Songs are predictable (start soft - build - bring back down for 2nd verse - then explode). Everything's a formula. His vocals are top notch, but the songs just don't give him much to work with. Pass on this one and get his second CD. That one's not-to-be-missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank God he won on FOX 5's American Idol. He's hot, cool and sexy. Sultry, groovy and sopranic I love his singing style. Great to listen to at a Lounge Bar( Cavo-Queens), especially if you have friends over to spend time fun times with. A young diamond in the rough. May he win many awards and recieve all his royalties,eventually. Listen to his CD, right away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from what i've heard i've heard him sing better
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!! Chris' CD is everything I'd hoped for. It exceeds expectations. His singing is unwaveringly strong, and his writing is an unexpected surprise....he writes like a pro who's been doing it for years. All of the songs are great with "I'm Going Home" being my absolute favorite in both versions, fully produced and acoustic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally something worth listening to! Great lyrics, I can actually understand them! Chris's warm, gritty voice just adds so much to some great songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris is a great find in the music industry, I would listen to any music he sells as he has great talent,which is some what hard to find now in the music industry. Watching Daughtry on American Idol I knew he would rise to great success and this CD is proof of it. MONIQUE MINNIS NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is probably the worst effort this guy has ever had the chance to ever come up with one and slash is not even as good as a guitarist as kirk hammett or james hetfield or any of these drummers or drummer on this album is not as good as lars ulrich or megadeths drummer this is not even considered since this guy been on american idol
Guest More than 1 year ago
DAUGHTRY is simply one of the best albums of the year! I was a huge fan of his when he was on AI so when I heard that he had gotten a record deal after he was kicked off the show I was really excited. I had some hestitation to pick it up at first because I thought that it would just be an AI ripoff but I have learned never to doubt his talent again. Any true Chris Daughtry fan has to go out and get this cd. I promise that you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Daughtry just put out a truly exceptional album, outshine its peers when compared. Forget the Idol references, give the record one listen & you'll be hooked. Strong from start to finish, DAUGHTRY should earn accolades as New Artist of the Year & Record of the Year at upcoming awards shows for which this record is eligible - it's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After months of weeping over the "Daughtry Departure" on American Idol Chris comes roaring back!! This CD is Fantastic! Too bad there are only 5 stars!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album exceeded my expectations...All the songs are radio friendly and very easy to like...I would definitely recommend this album to a friend...
NancyNurseNL More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed watching Chris on American Idol and was terribly diappointed he did not win. But this album makes up for everything. It is my all time favorite album and I have been buying records since the Sixties. His voice is so sensual and sexy. The music is very fine, also. I don't have the technical expertise of other reviewers or the musical backround but I love this album. The louder it is played, the better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Daughtry went WAY above and beyond on this CD, it is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! I listen to it all the time. It is SO good. Kudos to Chris
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really good. Chris Daughtry has an awesome voice and he really pours his heart into both the lyrics and the vocals. It was actually even better than I expected. If you liked him on American Idol, you will definately like this CD. He is the perfect combination of rock and soulfull lyrics. Great sound, great lyrics - I'm a big fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable to listen to in the car. Even some roofers working on a house down the street were listening to one of the tunes from this CD. I don't buy many rock CD's, but after hearing Daughtry sing on American Idol, and hearing the CD at the store, I had to buy it, and I'm glad I did.