Chris Daughtry and his band are back with their first album in 5 years. 5 years is a long time to be out of the public eye. Now before we get in to the review, I have a few questions to ask…
What is the difference between a Garbage Man or Sanitation Worker?
Custodian or Janitor?
Ghost or Spirit?
The answer is there isn’t really any difference. I mean there is, but it is so slight that people know what you mean with whichever one you say.
Now another question…What is the difference between “Daughtry”, “Leave This Town”, “Break the Spell”, “Baptized” and the new album “Cage to Rattle”?
The answer is the same as above…very little difference. All the albums sound the same. I mean they really do. It is like Chris took the playbook from Nickelback and Bon Jovi. He found a formula for his songs that worked and he has continually regurgitated that same song over and over again with different song titles.
This new album could easily be confused with any of his other albums. The biggest difference now is that this album lacks any heart or soul and is about as lifeless as the ghost or spirit I mentioned above. He started off his career a little heavy and has now turned into a soft rock act.
The problem with this song formula is that what worked in the beginning of your career doesn’t necessarily work later on when you are 12 years past that first album. People change, musical tastes change and no one wants to hear newer versions of practically the same song you had before. It makes it stale and boring. The song “Backbone” is the perfect example of how bad this album really is.
At this point, I am beating a dead horse so I will leave it with this. If you are a fan of everything he has done, than this Daughtry album will be great for you. If you were on the fence with him before, this one won’t help change your mind. And if you can’t stand Daughtry’s music, be prepared to like him even less.
Me, I was a fan in the early days; however, nothing has changed. He hasn’t matured in his songwriting and he doesn’t take any chances and try new things. And what is even worse is I can’t remember any song on this album after listening to it as many times as I did.
Since it is an album review, I will give it 1.0 out of 5.0 because at least he kept the album short at 10 songs and under 40 minutes. It has left a bad taste in my mouth and now I need a glass of water…or H20, whichever, since it is the same thing.