Reviewed! Daughtry - 'Leave This Town'

‘Leave This Town’
RCA Records

Former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry is back with his sophomore effort, ‘Leave This Town,’ which by all means could just as well have been titled ‘Daughtry’ or ‘Daughtry II,’ or something along those lines since the similarities to his debut self titled disc are eerie and all too abundant. Daughtry’s old guard runs all too rampant across ‘Leave This Town,’ a disc full of much of the same hooks and overall feel fans know and love.

A major difference is that ‘Leave This Town’ is a more band orientated outing, unlike his debut record. As soon as you look at the cover art for instance you see all band members represented in full, a trend that flows through each song. This isn’t just Chris singing in front of a random group, a fact clearly noticeable the deeper you delve into ‘Leave This Town.’

Even though he aided in scribing every track on this record, Daughtry still enlisted a handful of writers from around the music world to help him pen ‘Leave This Town.’ Chad Kroeger from Nickelback (‘No Surprise,’ ‘Life After You’), Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Krutch, Jason Wade from Lifehouse, Adam Gontier from Three Days Grace and Eric Dill from The Click Five. And that’s not even mentioning that Daughtry brought in country music legend Vince Gill to sing on the southern tinged ‘Tennessee Line.’

Regardless of who helped write the actual songs themselves, ‘Leave This Town’ is a melody fueled vehicles driven entirely by Daughtry’s marketable and memorable voice. Daughtry does his best to prove that he belongs at the top of modern rock charts, something he achieved wholeheartedly with his debut. His voice is just as golden as you remember, effortlessly carrying songs no matter if he’s wailing on a muscle-armed radio friendly number (‘You Don’t Belong,’ ‘Every Time You Turn Around’) or crooning on an eager, well written ballad (‘Open Up Your Eyes,’ ‘September’).

Although there is a high probability you have heard Daughtry do most everything he does on ‘Leave This Town,’ it’s not his job to surprise you, it’s his job to entertain you, something this album surely succeeds in doing.

Grade: B
Listen to: ‘No Surprise,’ ‘Tennessee Line’