Break the Spell

Break the Spell

by Daughtry
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2011
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886976181321
catalogNumber: 761813
Rank: 19093

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
Marti Frederiksen   Composer
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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