Daughtry achieved global success with its self-titled debut, the biggest selling artist release of the past two years. The band's Grammy-nominated, quadruple-platinum debut garnered multiple American Music Awards, World Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. Daughtry spent most of the last two years on the road, performing to sold-out arenas, but is now back with the follow-up to the its massive debut.
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HERE COME THE ANTHEMS| Posted August 18, 2009
Let’s admit that an intro isn’t even necessary here. After all, even those who normally hide under rocks from popular culture are aware of Chris Daughtry and his namesake band who stormed up Billboard charts like few artists in this digital age. The “American Idol” contestant took millions of listeners “Home” with him and set Soundscan records for his band’s fast-selling rock album in the process.
Now the five-piece is back for more with Leave This Town, a collection seemingly built on a pure need for songs to fill arenas. Besides a few acoustic numbers, Daughtry wrote (or co-wrote) enough songs to keep things interesting for the thousands destined to see the band in the next couple years in amphitheatres and stadiums nationwide. The goal isn’t to be good, just memorable. And to that end, Daughtry succeeds well enough.
However, these bands are a dime a dozen and, consequently, so are these songs. The carbon copy feel of “You Don’t Belong” and “Supernatural” fit perfectly on any album by Nickelback, Three Doors Down or even Daughtry’s first album; so there’s hardly any inspiration found here. On the contrary, it’s vapid and unimaginative—void of any real creative spark.
Then again, that’s not why you listen to a band like Daughtry. Leave This Town is about having a good time and the ability to sing along in the process. And the catalog here allows for that, at least. –Matt Conner
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Daughtry| Posted November 06, 2010
There are only a few songs I like on this Album, and those are September, You Don't Belong, and Life After You.
I think Daughtry himself is a Christian, but I am not really sure about his band members. Not all of his songs are good Christian songs, but it isn't like they are really nasty, totally unchristian either. Just Saying.
2 fave songs| Posted September 23, 2009
I loved the songs "Life After You" and "Open Up Your Eyes" I definitely think they could get adds on Christian radio if they submitted those 2 songs for consideration.
solid follow up| Posted July 15, 2009
First off I am still not sure if Daughtry is a christian artist. He does have some songs that one might see as a spiritual/christian based but the cd as a whole leaves me wondering. It is clear he is a christian but doesn't mean his cd is.
That being said I am hooked on his new project "Leave This Town" The first half of the album is amazing. Some songs are a little more upbeat then his previous project, and he also has a few more slower ballads, which makes a good blend. He has plenty of amazing songs that I feel will have great success on the radio. By Surprise, his first single, has already started climbing the charts.
My favorite song on the album is Life After You. It is a great love song, and has some amazing lyrics. It is not the most upbeat song on the project but i find myself drawn to it, hitting the repeat button many times. Also is a song i can kind of see a christian based message in it.
The first half of the project is strong...but I find myself losing a little interest with the last few songs. They are not as catchy or profound as the earlier songs.
Overall this cd is amazing. 8 or 9 songs out of 12 that i like isn't to shabby. As stated earlier I love the first half of the cd but starts to sizzle slightly towards the end. Daughty is my favorite american idol contestant and still think he should have won. Glad to see that it didn't phase him and has continued to thrive. Probably the most successful idol who didn't win/also more successful then many who have won.