Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

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by James Durbin
     
 

James Durbin was the default "rocker" on the 2011 season of American Idol and played the role well, covering tracks by Queen, Judas Priest, and others. He did not win, but finished in fourth place as a fan favorite for his soaring vocals and faux-hawked, "post-grunge meets hair metal" image. Durbin'sSee more details below

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James Durbin was the default "rocker" on the 2011 season of American Idol and played the role well, covering tracks by Queen, Judas Priest, and others. He did not win, but finished in fourth place as a fan favorite for his soaring vocals and faux-hawked, "post-grunge meets hair metal" image. Durbin's post-Idol debut, 2011's Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, is much more pop than rock, and in that sense a fairly true representation of Durbin's rock theatricality and knack for wailing away on tunes packed with radio-friendly hooks. One might have expected him to deliver a dark, post-grunge album à la his AmIdol brethren Daughtry or David Cook, and certainly the leadoff track "Higher Than Heaven" packages Durbin's angelic yawlp with just enough processed electric guitar fuzz and squelch to register as nu-metal dirty. Elsewhere, listeners get a pop-friendly concoction of OneRepublic-esque uplift cuts such as "All I Want," the veritable power pop-infused "Love in Ruins," and the anthemic ballad "Love Me Bad." Ultimately, Durbin does deliver the vocal goods here on material that should appeal to his AmIdol fan base.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2011
Label:
Wind-Up Records
UPC:
0601501330520
catalogNumber:
13305
Rank:
181536

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Performance Credits

James Durbin   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Phil X.   Guitar
Frank Zummo   Drums
Aidean   Guitar
Lenny Skolnik   Keyboards
Dylan Rosenberg   Guitar
Aidean Abounasseri   Guitar

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Programming,Producer
Charlotte Caffey   Composer
Paul DeCarli   Engineer,Digital Editing
Marti Frederiksen   Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Paul Trust   Composer
Anna Waronker   Composer
Mick Mars   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Steven McDonald   Composer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Michelle Lukianovich   Art Direction
Ben Moody   Composer
Jon Nicholson   Drum Technician
Martin Sandvik   Composer
Jasen Rauch   Composer
Ryan Star   Composer
Doug Brown   Composer
Magnus Andreasson   Composer
David Cook   Composer
James Michael   Composer
Bobby Alt   Composer
Zach Webb   Composer
Mark Holman   Composer
Lenny Skolnik   Programming
Hatsukazu Inagaki   Engineer
James Durbin   Composer
Joao Barao Neto   Composer
Grady Benson   Composer
Clifford Newton   Composer
Aidean Abounasseri   Composer

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