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Baptized – Daughtry | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic

Baptized – Daughtry | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic.

When Chris Daughtry was on American Idol, I was pissed that he didn’t make it to the finals, but I was anxious to see what he did after leaving the show and being offered the gig as the front man for his then favorite band “Fuel”. When he turned that down to form his own band I wondered if his music was going to translate well to mainstream Rock ,  and Post grunge type charts.

His first self entitled Album..was Simply AWESOME!…front to back the album was chock full of hit singles. You have to respect a guy that has a really great talent for writing his own music and lyrics. The Band really  started to develop a STRONG following and huge success  in the world of Hard Rock / Pop music. The music certainly had edge to it, and many songs just simply kicked some serious ass. He wrote songs with Slash, Fuel’s Carl Bell, 3 Doors Down’s Brad Arnold, Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas, and used Howard Benson as a producer. This formula resulted in the first album selling over 4 million units. The next 2 albums followed the same basic formula, heavy guitar , big hooks, lots of melody, and strong lyrical story like songs. The second album dropped in sales to a 1.3 million and the third album went Gold.  although some of the declining sales can definitely be attributed to the Music Market changing in a major way, to a market much more suited to the single as opposed to album sales. His first 2 albums debuted at number one on the billboard 200 and the third album at number 8. To date he has sold well over 7 million albums combined and 22.6 million digital tracks.

Now…that’s not something just any artist can do. Obviously people loved Chris and the band music. I am included, I’m a huge fan of the first three albums. There was no bullshit on the albums, just straight ahead hard rock / almost metal / Melodic rock tunes that really were easy to relate to. The band kicked ass on all the albums, Musically the band is also very talented as their front man is. The formula worked and I looked forward to each release.

Now he released the fourth album called baptized. They added a synth player, made everything in the background sound like its programmed instead of played. All the drum tracks sound as if they were coming from a drum machine rather then an actual set. IMO the album has no balls, All the songs are almost folk/pop driven instead of rock /Pop. DAUGHTRY definitely purposely decided that he wanted this album to sound softer , and poppier than the previous albums. Now don;t get me wrong, I’m all for trying new things, and even switching directions a little bit to move with market and keep your sound relevant. I had NO problems getting through the first three albums from a listening standpoint any one of the first 3 can be put on and set to play until the album is done because they are that good. Although Chris’s voice can make you have some ear fatigue after a while , it kind of all sounds the same , the songs were still strong. This album is a total cop out. Its like he said hey guys I think I want to take any balls that this album may have and throw them out. I really don’t know how anyone that’s a big Daughtry fan can say they are happy with this release. I was thoroughly disappointed  in everything that this album represents. For a guy that really Prided himself on staying true to who he is from way back to the Idol performances, someone or Something must have really got in your head this time because this is not The Daughtry I know and am a fan of. I am really hoping that this is NOT the direction Daughtry continues to go in and gets back to the winning Formula that had them selling over 7 million albums worldwide. I’ll hang on for another release giving them a chance to Redeem themselves. Read the article above to hear some samples of the new tunes .

Rick Rubin Reflects On His Contributions To 10 Iconic Hip-Hop Albums – XXL

Simply one of the greatest Producers to ever walk the planet!….If  you don’t know who this man is, then YOU ARE NOT a Hip hop fan, or better yet a fan of any good music!….From the beastie boys and run dmc,ll cool j and public enemy, to Metallica, slayer, Johnny cash, Jay Z, and so many others Rick Rubin is AWESOME!

Rick Rubin Reflects On His Contributions To 10 Iconic Hip-Hop Albums

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