I panned Daughtry's first cd and my opinion hasnt changed. But I'm optimistic that the longer timeframe has allowed him to write better songs this time around. The one song Ive heard shows promise. Its a better cover, too (for what thats worth). Looking forward to hearing the rest of it.
The fact that it ranks right up there with Nickelback is the problem. That niche of "rock lite" is WAY overcrowded. Daughtry's songwriting on the first cd did nothing to seperate itself from the pack. The songs were crammed with catchy choruses that really didnt earn their place. What I mean by that is that the choruses all attempted to soar, but there wasnt enough meat or depth to the verses for the choruses to really have an impact. The songs dealt with all the typical issues you would expect and I feel like the cd as a whole was extremely predictable. (You could almost guess the lyrics to Home before he even sang them).
I am not a country music fan, so dont get me wrong here. But I heard Chris say on a video blog that he used some country influences on the new cd. I think his voice and style would work extremely well with a combination of rock and country in his music. And yes, No Surprise does sound like his other stuff and I have only heard it twice, but there is something about it that makes it seem a little more genuine than his previous release. His last release was rushed, but lucky for him the popular masses loved it. I expected a little more. The fact he is using his own band and that he has had more time gives me hope he can separate himself from the legions of pop/rock lite bands this time around.
In all honesty, I have a hard time with Daughtry, not so much the "band" but, Chris. His ego gets on my nerves and as a fan of their songs, it enables me from looking at the music for what it is [in most cases, amazing]. I'm honestly just hoping for some beautiful love songs maybe? I think his voice is perfect for those sorts of lyrics. The first album was so much anti-love/break-ups/etc. If he could sing a love song the way he sung Over You or Feels Like Tonight, I'd be quite in love with the second album.
"Seventh rule of Music on Teh Internets: Any band or artist that is even moderately successful will be labeled as 'shallow', '[genre] lite', or have its members portrayed as drug abusing child molesters."
You can go to vh1 and listen to the whole album on the leak. I love all the songs on this album. I think my favorite one is Tennessee line.Love them all though. The band is on this one http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/daughtry__ch...201/album.jhtml
Have you heard Daughtry's third album - Break The Spell - yet? If so, what's your opinion of it? I agree with the critics, that it's their best album so far. I think it feels much more authentic Daughtry and less influenced by other bands. What I like best about this one in contrast to the previous albums is that the production is not as heavily processed, allowing Chris's vocals to shine through more.
What I love about Daughtry is that they know how to make solid songs that can cater to the tastes of many music fans, rather than pigeonholing themselves in one genre or aiming for just one particular fan base.
Have you heard Daughtry's 4th album - Baptized - yet? If so, what is your opinion of it? Link for samples: Baptized (Deluxe Edition)
When I first listened to the album, some songs I loved immediately, others eventually grew on me. My overall opinion now is that this album is a perfectly executed pop-rock album with country influences. Only a song or two I don't care for; otherwise, this is some pretty solid stuff.