Daughtry album falls flat

Erinn Williams

On Tuesday, Daughtry dropped its fourth studio album “Baptized,” which featured a huge change in the group’s musical style.

In “Baptized” the post-grunge rockers completely switched up their style, changing from arena rock to a much more light-hearted acoustic feel with hints of gospel and pop.

Folk instruments, acoustic guitars and slow ballads replaced the bands once-powerful guitar riffs.

The theme of the album seems to be very emotional, and the band seems to be doing a lot of soul searching.

“Baptized” is filled with gushy songs about love and the past like “Wild Heart,” “18 Years,” “The World We Knew,” “Broken Arrows,” “Battleships,” “I’ll Fight” and


Then there are songs filled with anger and resentment like “Traitor” and songs that will leave you feeling like you are in church like “Witness.”

“Long Live Rock and Roll” paid homage to rock legends like Van Halen, Elton John, Billy Joel and Motley Crew saying “Long live rock, long live roll, long live big guitars and music for the soul,” yet none of these elements were present in the album.

Songs like “Waiting For Superman” will leave you waiting for the corny lyrics to end like “She’s talking to angels, counting the stars.”

This new album sounds like an awkward mixture between Mumford and Sons, Train and U2, and it is hard to believe that the songs are at all cohesive.

The one saving thing about the album is that Chris Daughtry’s voice still hasn’t changed from his American Idol days.

His ruff powerful vocals are the saving grace of many of the albums singles and are the only thing that makes “Baptized” bearable to listen to.

Overall “Baptized” tried to show a softer side of Daughtry but it turned out to be one that fans could have gone without seeing.