Daughtry's 'Break the Spell' reviews: Better than Bon Jovi

daughtry-break-the-spell.jpg Daughtry, the band fronted by "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry, has released its third studio album, titled "Break the Spell." It dropped Monday (Nov. 21). What are critics saying?

Allison Stewart of the Washington Post writes, "['Break the Spell'] isn't embarrassed to try a little bit of everything. It essentially offers one song, served a dozen different ways: Here it is as a mid-tempo ballad ('Start of Something Good,' made in the image of his earlier, irresistible hit 'Home'). Here it is as a mid-tempo rocker ('Spaceship'). Here it is with a faint whiff of Three Doors Down ('Crazy'). Daughtry used to be considered an off-brand Bon Jovi, which is unfair -- at this point, he's making better records than the actual Bon Jovi. The only thing missing from "Break the Spell," and from Daughtry and his band, is any sense of fun."

Billboard's Gary Graff says, "Daughtry certainly knows how to cover the bases. 'Break the Spell' ... isn't quite all things for all people. But it comes pretty close. The quintet brings its best Bon Jovi-style power drive on rockers like 'Renegade,' 'Outta My Head' and 'Louder Than Ever.' And delivers cellphone-waving power ballads in the first single, 'Crawling Back to You,' and 'Crazy,' while the emotive 'Gone Too Soon' is a genuinely heartbreaking ode to a dead child."

Brian Mansfield of USA Today writes, "Third album 'Break the Spell' doesn't break the Daughtry mold, but it does find the group stretching out a bit. The earnest, angst-ridden rockers are still there, in the title track and early single 'Crawling Back to You,' but songs like 'Rescue Me' and 'Gone Too Soon' broaden the band's sound."

Will you be picking up a copy of "Break the Spell"?


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