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Break the Spell
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Reviewed: 1/1/2012 by Ryan

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Out of all of the trends going on in music right now perhaps the most annoying one is selling the album in a 9 song bundle and then stamping on a ‘deluxe’ tag and selling it as a 10, 12, or in the case of Daughtry a 16 song bundle. Not great work. RCA aren’t the only culprits with Daughtry but it’s a huge annoyance.

Speaking of Daughtry and his third record, this is perhaps the mellowest record yet. He wrote with a lot of country writers to make rock songs and you can hear that. The label also wanted plenty of songs to go to radio with and you can hear that too.

I’m not big on hating Daughtry because I think he’s got a tremendous work ethic and I also think he has a great voice. But with this third record, he didn’t make a good record because there’s nothing creative about it. It’s a bunch of radio-aimed if not accomplishing radio-friendly tracks that aren’t very cohesive and don’t hold up to his previous two albums.

There are a couple of good songs that are fun- “Break the Spell” and “Crawling Back to You” but that’s the extent of it. I’d buy those tracks and leave the other 14 on the deluxe version alone.

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