Review Summary: If nothing else, at least check out the video...
"In retrospect I think it's great Daughtry is paying homage to it's ancestors Creed with a tribute album."
"Noooooo, this is Daughtry's new album!" 8 year old sister, in tears of over ecstatic joy.
I proceeded not to say another word until I had established some fair judgment for the entire piece of work. The opening inspiring riff on the second song, lead to these lyrics, "I've practiced this for hours, gone round and round, And now I think that I've got it all down", in the most horridly reincarnation of Kroeger in "Hero" since Stapp in "My Sacrifice". (I know when each was released, for any further discussions). This doesn't even begin to cover the amount of vocal effects for this album, it's halfway haunting after the second time you hear them used as well, as if you know they'll be reoccurring in your dreams later that night. This could explain why I can't sleep and instead am writing this review. It's sad because I often find Chris Daughtry to be a good singer, I mean he got somewhere in American Idol for a reason correct? If no agreement there he performed well in both, his song, "Home" and his rendition of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". Both of which I refer to in their acoustic versions, as it holds more talent to their other two.
The lyrics are quite dreadful to say the least. It's like the two icons I mentioned above, (Kroeger, Stapp) they decided to have a child, this child now takes that sex and sex and sex that Kroeger feeds, traps it in a little innuendo cake and then sweetens up with some heartfelt Stapp lyrics. We now get plenty of, "With time to kill and an empty tomb, I always find a way to pass the time with you, Dark and smoky rooms, I can hardly stand the fumes" Those little bucket of joys are everywhere to accompany the same riff that's in every song.
Ok, not every song, I mean aside from "You Don't Belong" which will make you raise an eyebrow ladies and gentleman. But here's the trick, it's about as hair raising as the last intro track - "It's Not Over", so take it with your grain of salt here people. Also interesting to note, they apparently like to put all the interesting stuff in the beginning, and I don't mean in the beginning like tracks 1-5. I'm talking very beginning the first 20 seconds of track 1. You've got literally the same formula for every other track here, "What I Meant To Say" through "September" all will take you through the same 1 trick roller coaster, or slow build into terribly anti-climatic drop with a "hard" fisted chorus and back again.
Are there any detours? Something worth noting? Well Daughtry has progressed in one area. He seems to take a darker and harder edge than his last release because where he gets heavy it's definitely a step up. Tracks like the aforementioned "You Don't Belong", and "Ghost of Me" are the only "heavy songs" so if you're a rock junkie sorry, you're better off with Nickelback. Another standout is the country-twanged "Tennessee Line" which is a welcomed approach to blending his sound with country underlay, followed with the best lyrics of the album, and you might actually have yourself a winner here, Chris! Unfortunately it's wayyy too little too late, as the song is haunted by it's predecessor a possible "Worst Song of the Year" contender, "Supernatural" which if you can imagine, is like listening to a Heidi Montag* cover band
Last Word: If Daughtry weren't taking themselves so seriously I'd be able to take them more seriously. Tracks to recommend include, "You Don't Belong", "Ghost of Me", "Tennessee Line". Sigh of relief because a band like this only comes around ever so often.
Note: *Heidi Montag is the uber popular television personality famous for her rolls on "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" Check out her video here!
EDIT: You can also stream the full album here... http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/daughtry__chris/2446201/album.jhtml