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on July 14, 2009
As much as I like "No Surprise", the sizzling, energetic first single off Daughtry's Leave This Town (the follow-up to their multi-platinum self-titled debut), I'm even more impressed with the quality of the rest of the songs. Creative and original (especially considering this is mainstream pop/rock), this collection eliminates much of the 'cookie-cutter' nature that I felt many of those songs had while retaining hook-laden melodies that made it so successful commercially.

Dubbed by Chris as "a very big rock album", this sophomore effort starts that way with "You Don't Belong", a heavy rocker filled with '80's-inspired guitar riffs and power chords. Rather than using studio musicians as the debut did, Chris' bandmates recorded the musical tracks, and that's one of this album's major highlights and improvements. The almost not-stop touring allowed the band to develop chemistry, and the resulting cohesiveness shows through on the recording, giving this album a more loose, 'live' feel.

"Every Time You Turn Around" keeps the rock edge going...the band members were given latitude to "throw things in on the fly"...an extra solo line here, an extra cymbal crash there, and this song is a good example of that. "Life After You" finally slows things down a bit, but that's not a bad thing on this record. The string of mid-tempo or slower songs that dominate the rest of the album are not contrived or 'manufactured'-sounding...in fact, Chris' weathered voice bleeds passion and sincerity combined with his relatable relationship-themed lyrics. The production allows 'holes' to open up for the vocal(s) to be heard clearly.

Chris (collaborating with some of his rock 'buddies' and producers, including Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on two songs) seems to have honed his songwriting skills further...his almost innate ability to craft melodies and write lyrics from the heart continues to grab you and reel you in, without 'recycling' too much from the first record. Two songs in particular stand out for me... "September", a heartfelt ballad about growing up in the summertime in his small, North Carolina hometown but having to leave things behind to move forward, and "Tennessee Line", a country-flavored tune (fiddles and all) featuring country legend Vince Gill on background vocals. Unique and captivating, these gems are refreshing to hear while staying within the confines of the basic formula for Daughtry's success.
While returning producer Howard Benson throws in a few extra production tricks here and there, he manages to keep the sound fairly natural and the enhancements aren't too overdone.

The bottom line: Great songs, solid performance, and an overall stronger rock attitude. I'm not sure if the changes would be enough to win over those who didn't like Daughtry before, but if you did enjoy Daughtry Part 1, the sequel isn't likely to disappoint.
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Daughtry's Second Album is just as great as his first. The collaborative effort with Chad Kroeger from Nickelback makes the first single "No Surprise" one of the best songs of the collection. Chris Daughtry's brilliance in song writing and delivering the message helps bring this star to the forefront of rock. However, he also shows his craftiness to sing ballads, like "Call your name" and the duet with Vince Gill, "Tennessee Line".

His unique style, with a little more creative freedom in this work, will make any Daughtry fan happy to purchase this album.

You will not be disappointed.
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on March 2, 2010
Chris Daughtry has come so far since coming in 4th place in American Idol just a few short years ago. This is the band's 2nd CD and it raises the bar even further than the 1st. I have heard this over an over in my car and there doesn't seem to be any chance that I will get sick of it anytime soon. They are very talented and have an infectious sound that carries flawlessly from one track to another. There are no bad tracks on this one. Every one is a winner! I highly recommend this CD.
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on April 2, 2012
i have been a fan of daughtry and his music since i first saw and heard him and his band on american idol years ago.i have every cd and dvd of his,and i had been searching for 2 years for this cd+dvd combo at my local music store with no success.my dad discovered "leave this town"on your web site and you were the only ones who had it.thanks amazon.now the review.I LOVE IT.as a fan finally finding and buying the cd+dvd combo after such a long search was worth the wait.any daughtry fan who does not have this should buy it right away it is awesome.like i said before it was worth the wait in finding this.thanks again amazon for having this on your web site it made my day being able to buy this after such a long and fruitless search. like my dad say's I LOVE MY AMAZON.your's truly "chrisfan".
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on September 10, 2009
Those that have waited as I have for SO long for this second edition...you won't be disappointed at all.

The guitar riffs are even better this time. I was so happy to hear real drums and real string noises. This isn't computerized, and it's not over edited. I enjoyed hearing Chris Daughtry doing his own harmony. My CD is in the car-- so GO GET YOUR OWN!!
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on May 24, 2010
A great follow up to Daughtry. The songs are less pop and more rock and Chris Daughtry's voice sounds stronger and more self-assured. Lyrics are a little less "happy" and more in keeping with the slightly melancholy approach of what passes these days for hard rock. In fact, the opening song, "You Don't Belong" has the hard-edged feel of a heavy-metal band. The beautiful, poignant, "Call Your Name" is reminiscent of the "is that Christian reference or double entendre?" approach of a lot of modern rock from Christian-inspired rock bands [It's no accident Daughtry has a duet with Seven Dust on the song "Past" on Seven Dust's "Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow" album from 2008].
Rock enthusiasts will like this album better than "Daughtry", as they stray farther from the American Idol roots and into strong rock with great vocals.
Indeed, if there is any fault with this album, it is that emphasis, in mixing, on the vocals because that downplays the excellent musicianship here. The band is definitely getting better at their instruments and their craft.
A worthy album to own. Recommended.
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on October 2, 2009
Daughtry's new album Leave This Town is truly listening pleasure! Rock with a sensitive, soulful edge. Attention grabbing lyrics that tell a masterful story!!
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on July 4, 2010
The sophomore album by DAUGHTRY titled "Leave This Town" is one of the best albums ever!! Every song on this album is a winner!!! These guys know how to put together a wonderful string of hit songs ... and the passion that Chris sings with is so dynamic! From the rock song "You Don't Belong" to the country hit "Tennessee Line" and the fantastic ballad "September" ... every song has great songwriting ability showing through. I have listened to this album over and over and over again! Definitely a must buy album!
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on January 4, 2010
Rarely do I ever take time to review a purchase anywhere...in fact, this might be my first one on Amazon.

I enjoyed Daughtry's first CD so much, I figured I'd be disappointed with this one. I bought it primarily for "No Surprise", but have since fallen in love with at least 6 or 7 other songs on the album.

Incredible. You will not be disappointed.
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on January 31, 2011
I have to be Chris Daughtry's oldest fan--he's maybe younger than my kid. Found this CD soulful as the others I have. I was not surprised. Love the way Amazon lets you sample the music before you buy. Again, as with all my other music purchases from Amazon, thanks to both artists and distributors.
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