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Good, If Dull
on 6 February 2015
Whilst I've never liked the way it short cuts artists to chart stardom, I have found myself liking quite a few of the acts made famous by "Pop Idol" and the like. But I got a bit of a shock when I heard an artist I would have liked no matter where he had come from and it turned out he had been in "American Idol".
Even more surprising, at least to me, was that he didn't even make the final, although he was given a record deal on the strength of his performances on the show. He's coming to the attention of some fairly major people as well, having had his music used on a later series of the show and being tipped as once of their acts to watch in 2008 by the MSN Music website.
Of course, being tipped for success by music journalists is no guarantee that the music will be any good. Nor is being plucked from nowhere by the record companies based on a TV appearance, as many a reality show winner and loser has subsequently discovered. TV may get an artist to the top, but the quality of the music is the only thing that will keep them there.
As someone who has been a fan of Nickelback and The Calling for a while, as well as a recent convert to both Audioslave and Velvet Revolver, this album contains everything I would want from a decent rock album. Unfortunately, the album is essentially a one trick pony and it insists on repeating the same kind of song over and over again.
The overall sound here is one I'm a big fan of, but when it is repeated with only brief and minor variations over 13 tracks and 47 minutes, it does become a little dull after a while. This is an album that is best suited to be put on a music player with several other albums and played on a "random" setting. That way you can still enjoy the songs individually without becoming bored with the repetition. Given that this is how I tend to play my music, this means the album works quite well for me, as I'm a fan of this kind of music.
This is really only one for fans of the soft pop-rock genre of music. If you like Nickelback and The Calling and possibly Creed and Hoobastank, you'll be able to listen to the album all the way through and enjoy it. If Daughtry is going to be your kind of music, then this is a well crafted album and well worth a listen and it's only the lack of variation in sound that lets it down for me. Daughtry certainly proves here that he has the talent to go a long way in the industry; he just needs to develop a wider range of sound to ensure that people don't get bored of him too quickly.
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