Redemption for Daughtry?

Though DAUGHTRY has not exactly been what you’d call a darling of the critics, all hope is not lost for Chris Daughtry and his band.  The single “It’s Not Over,” received a good review from Billboard:

“If there ever was a fitting title to a song, Chris Daughtry may have nailed it by naming the first single from his band Daughtry’s debut album “It’s Not Over.” If you recall—and to the dismay of hundreds of thousands of fans—voters discarded him in the closing stages of “American Idol” during season five. Well, guess who gets the last laugh? Tight, focused and ready to rock your face off, launch single “It’s Not Over” overflows with harmonies and axe leads that suck you in out of the box. If you’re not doing that neck-bobbing spastic reflex after one listen, check your pulse. Oh, and wait until you feast your eyes on this band’s live show. “Idol,” schmidol. The man and his band have scored a hit.”

I like Chris just fine, but “It’s Not Over” didn’t move me to get up and dance (Now, on the other hand, “The Runaround”…), and I still had a pulse last time I checked, so…there you go.  The review is ever-so-slightly tinged with the “OMG Chris was ROBBED!” sentiment that seemed to pervade so many of the live-show reviews this summer, so I’d suggest taking Billboard’s latest proclamation with a grain of salt…especially since they skewered his entire album just a scant week ago.

But of course, critical reviews are just one end of the candle.  A few negative write-ups won’t send Chris back to playing weddings and bar mitzvahs the way that scant sales figures would.  Luckily for Daughtry, that doesn’t seem to be a problem.  The album is #1 on iTunes today, and the aforementioned “It’s Not Over” (which I think is the best song on the album) has been picked up by FOX and used in promo spots for Prison Break.

My reaction to the commercial (as opposed to critical) success of the album is mixed.  Chris isn’t a bad guy; in fact, I quite like his voice, and even though I’m not a fan of rawk, I’m always willing to download a track or two.  On the other hand, I’m a little bit disappointed to see yet another bland and pedestrian album become The Next Big Thing.  If it’s what the people want, it’s what the people want, but don’t we already have a Nickelback?

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