Release Date: Jul 14, 2009
Record label: RCA
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Chris Daughtry is not in the business of delivering musical tofu, or escarole, or any other newfangly food-type metaphor. The American Idol season 5 finalist is a man of straightforward meat-?and-potatoes rock principle, and so far it’s served him very well: His? self-titled late-’06 debut yielded a clutch of appropriately beefy top 20 singles. The blueprint of follow-up Leave This Town — chugging riffs, angsty-sensitive lyrics, here-come-the-soaring-double tracked-?choruses — may feel utterly familiar, but it’s undoubtedly what the people (the people not being up for, one guesses, any major stylistic switcheroos) want.
When he was recording his debut album in 2006, Chris Daughtry didn't have the time to assemble the real rock band he so desperately wanted to have, so it appeared under the band name DAUGHTRY without featuring any of the musicians who later became part of the group. That's not the case with Leave This Town, DAUGHTRY's second record: all five members are seen glowering on the album cover, floating like specters over an abandoned Californian street (presumably the city's citizens have already heeded the group's advice and abandoned this burg). The five rockers serve as visual evidence that DAUGHTRY is a band, not a person, and such explicit reminders are necessary because Leave This Town doesn't differ much in feel or form from DAUGHTRY, sounding for all the world like a remake of the debut.
DAUGHTRY “Leave This Town” (19/RCA) Chris Daughtry, again with the cover songs. A couple of weeks ago that former “American Idol” favorite and current hard-rock holdout released a video of himself performing an acoustic cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” at a German radio station. Lady Gaga’s original has always sounded like a commentary on gender and power relations, but Mr.