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Leave This Town

Wholesome singer sticks with squeaky-clean approach.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While this CD has a slightly stronger focus on relationship problems rather than upsides, it paints an overall honest portrait of what being in a real relationship is all about.

Positive role models

Chris Daughtry and his bandmates are great role models -- they're giant stars who've achieved success without the sex, drugs, and explicit language that characterize so much of today's music.  

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album, and Chris Daughtry himself, are about as clean as they come: though the singer can clearly feel conflicted at times, he refrains from indulging in explicit language, drug use, or other mature behaviors to drown his occasional sorrows.

What's the story?

Former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry's new record, LEAVE THIS TOWN, finds his band exploring the ups and downs of romantic relationships -- a theme that fits with the group’s rise from regular married guys (all but the drummer have wives) to huge stars trying to reconcile their relationships with new-found fame. Though most of the lyrics focus on the problems this brings, which makes the CD seem somewhat of a downer overall, none of the songs contain the explicit language or graphic descriptions that often accompany accounts of relationship woes. For example: “Complicated situations are the makings of all that’s wrong / And I’ve been standing in the river of deliverance for way too long / There’s gotta be a better way to say what’s in my heart without leaving scars.”

Is it any good?


Chris Daughtry’s ticket to fame was his mass appeal, so it’s no surprise that his music, while hard-driving, sticks with the radio-friendly, power-rock formula. That said, this record shows a few more glimmers of originality than the first, such as the country-inspired track “Tennessee Line” and the cool “woo-hoos” backing the song “Supernatural.” Of course, Daughtry’s laser-clear voice remains the band’s best asset.

Families can talk about...

  • Daughtry represents a somewhat unique musical success story, managing to appear cool to a young audience without relying on a lot of swearing, sexual descriptions, or drug use to do it. What qualities in the singer and his bandmates contribute to this success? How can other artists emulate this behavior in order to achieve similar success?    

  • What affect does bad behavior by celebrities and musical artists have on kids? Read our tips on Celebrity Role Models.

Music details

Release date:July 14, 2009
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bybookworm12345511 June 26, 2010
It mentions drugs once in the song life after you " I must have been high" and I think u missed that but I love this cd I've played it at least 60 times my favorite songs supernatural
Kid, 11 years old October 5, 2009

Cute CD without faults.

This CD shows what an honest relationship is and I adore that. But, the reason that it is for 10+ in my opinion is because that this can go over MANY young heads.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byi'mbeautiful January 8, 2016

Amazing & entertaining & encouraging & a role model

amazing sound and great artist no violence
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models