Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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
  • UPC: 601501330520
  • Catalog Number: 13305
  • Sales rank: 78,629

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Higher Than Heaven (2:56)
  2. 2 All I Want (3:19)
  3. 3 Love in Ruins (4:01)
  4. 4 Right Behind You (3:37)
  5. 5 Love Me Bad (3:26)
  6. 6 Deeper (3:51)
  7. 7 May (5:02)
  8. 8 Screaming (3:25)
  9. 9 Outcast (3:37)
  10. 10 Everything Burns (3:38)
  11. 11 Stand Up (3:01)
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Album Credits

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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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Don't wait - get it!!!!

    Rarely do I find a CD where I like every song on it. Well, I not only like EVERY song on this CD, I LOVE EVERY song on this CD. James is so talented whether singing a rock song or a ballad. I just hope they market him correctly and, if they do, he WILL be huge! Rock on, James!!!

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Highly Recommended - must have!!!

    If you missed James on idol , don't miss him now that he has his first album out. With a taste of what made so many other bands famous this one is that, with James added to it. Want something to tap your feet to while you're singing snag one of these. Even my teenage son likes it.

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