More reviews of “Daughtry.”

“Musically, [Chris’s] voice is as strong as ever; a sort of country-rock Nu-Metal bellow that works well with the lyrics (that’s good). But listening to the songs, what’s lacking is simply balls (that’s not so good).”CinemaBlend

“But given that Daughtry’s songwriting is supposed to be his big drawing card, his reliance on cliche is embarrassing.  Vocally, Daughtry comes on like a faux-grunge Michael Bolton…Come back, Clay, all is forgiven.”  The News & Observer

“In power ballads and hard-rockers, Daughtry has a more palatable and natural delivery than he did in Idol’s strained TV performances, and his strong pipes and palpable angst should satisfy voters who kept him in contention. To win converts, however, he’ll need something more distinctive than a talent show degree.”  —USA Today

It’s evident from these incoming reviews that Chris Daughtry just isn’t scoring too many points with the critics.  Rightfully so, in my opinion–the album brings nothing new to the table, and Daughtry merely sounds like an imitation of other 90s-era bands (and a few that, somehow, keep hanging on).  Luckily for Chris, it’s a passible imitation, and estimates have him moving 270,000 units this week, which if accomplished would probably put him second on the charts (right behind Snoop Dogg).  Which begs the question: What would you rather see from your Idol?  An album full of numbers fresh off the Song-O-Matic assembly line, all following the same formula, ready to be delivered to radio…but not so well-received critically?  Or would you prefer your Idol to put something out there that’s not so paint-by-numbers, but that probably won’t get a whole lot of airplay?

That’s the rub here.  All three of the top-finishing Idols (discounting Elliott here, who apparently has yet to be picked up by a distribution label) have gone more “pop” than their fans expected.  Well, Chris might be the exception to that rule–I don’t think there was ever a doubt that  he was “The Nickelback/Creed guy.”  But Katharine is apparently aiming to be the sixth Pussycat Doll with her upcoming “pop/R&B” album, disappoing those fans who pegged her as more a bluesy/jazzy/standards singer and hoped she’d go the Norah Jones route.  Similarly, Taylor found himself having to cater to a wider range of fans, and as he told Gray Charles, his first album just has to be more pop-ish than the diehard Soul Patrol would probably have preferred.

Who do we have to blame for this?  Probably not just one person.  The suits who run ClearChannel, the execs at Sony/BMG, and the listeners who blindly accept whatever’s on the radio as “good music” (and yeah, that was all of us at one point or another)…all play a part.


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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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