Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Idol rocker is derivative yet powerful.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

No clear message of any kind, except for subtle support of self-absorbed teen angst.


Some darkly poetic imagery here and there; nothing really explicit.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this American Idol veteran delivers some viable, if derivative, rock & roll on his self-titled CD -- with a little something for everyone. Lyrics play it safe, with the exception of some occasional dark-side musings, made-to-order for teenagers who take themselves extremely seriously.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16-year-old Written byvanwinkle February 26, 2010
I wouldn't go as far as to call it bad, but the music sounds like most everything else you hear over and over on the radio. Only a couple of the songs eve... Continue reading
Adult Written bycarrie1v April 9, 2008

My absolute favorite CD since November

All songs have a story, all lyrics are clean, all songs have a great arrangement and Chris Daughtry wrote or helped write 10 of 12 songs all while touring for A... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byi'mbeautiful January 8, 2016

Amazing & entertaining & encouraging & a role model

Amazing and a role models and encouraging has good music and has a good voice .great for mood swings
Teen, 13 years old Written byGainer11 November 22, 2013

Great, clean rock

This is an amazing album. It's good, hard rock, but the lyrics have no swearing. Good for just about anyone.

What's the story?

Chris Daughtry knows his way around a power ballad, and showcases his vocal range beautifully on DAUGHTRY, his first CD since American Idol. Gritty and emotional, his voice -- supported by a powerful rhythm section -- is the star of this show as he careens through a variety of hard-hitting styles reminiscent of everyone from Creed to Slash (who delivers a cameo appearance on "What I Want") to sensitive-guy crooners of every genre.

Is it any good?

Daughtry sings with so much passion that you may not notice how derivative and musically unadventurous these songs really are, with only a couple of notable exceptions ("Breakdown" and "All These Lives"). The lyrics are simplistic and the rhymes are predictable, which means that any emotional impact rests squarely on the arrangements and performance. The fact that Daughtry pulls off an album with some grit and power is proof of the North Carolina native's natural talent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of American Idol and the opportunities it affords both winners and losers. You can also read the lyrics of "Breakdown" and "All these Lives" -- songs that appear to address real issues with obtuse poetry -- and discuss what Daughtry is trying to communicate in these songs.

Music details

  • Artist: Chris Daughtry
  • Release date: November 21, 2006
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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