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Idol rocker is derivative yet powerful.
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What parents need to know

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bytwilightluver7689 December 28, 2009

Great CD to try! A favorite :)

I love Daughtry because of this CD. Decided to listen to it and turns out it is now one of my faves! There's not really any messages or language to be concerned about or rave about either, and personally i like all the songs on the CD and his voice.
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 even approach rock. Pop radio fodder. Pretty unexiting really. I thought Chris was OK when he was on American Idol. My mom(huge Daughtry fan) gave the CD to my son recently. I had never really listened to the songs until then.
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.
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