“Break the Spell” is the third album by Daughtry, released on November 21, 2011, by RCA Records.
It follows the sound of the previous album’s and it’s more of a band album this time around with Chris Daughtry writing all of the songs with band guitarists Josh Steely and Brian Craddock, bassist Josh Paul, and in collaboration with Marti Frederiksen, Busbee and Brett James.
The band for the album is Chris Daughtry on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Josh Steely on lead guitar, Brian Craddock on rhythm guitar, Josh Paul on bass and Robin Diaz on drums.
The album was produced again by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge.
And the certification trend in the U.S continued, this time a Gold certification.
When I saw the title, Styx came to mind along with Tommy Shaw’s voice.
It was released as the album’s lead single and it rocks from the opening dropped D riff. It’s the most heaviest song, but the album doesn’t follow that path.
And the message of busting out of the comforts of your town like a renegade resonates with the ones who desire that change.
Crawling Back to You
In 2019, 8 years after its release, it received a Platinum certification.
An acoustic guitar and a vocal melody starts the song. So simple and so effective.
Outta My Head
It’s a funk rock song. Sixx AM did something similar on their “Modern Vintage” album.
The groove is sleazy and it reminds me of Shinedown.
The Pre-Chorus is my favorite.
Start of Something Good
It’s “Home” Part 2.
And I like it.
It’s a power ballad in the Bon Jovi vein.
Break the Spell
Faux Rocker 1.
It’s the title track, but by now all of the songs on the album are written so concisely for radio, that at 3 minutes and 30 seconds long, they feel stale and lifeless.
We’re Not Gonna Fall
Faux Rocker 2 at 3.18 long.
Gone Too Soon
Simple acoustic Intro and an emotive vocal melody.
That’s all you need.
Losing My Mind
Press play just to hear Daughtry sing, “Losing My Mind” and using his falsetto for “mind”.
It’s like a Hoobastank song.
Think of “The Reason”.
Louder Than Ever
“Summer Of 69” and I like it. One of my favorites on the album.
Faux Rocker 3.
Now for the deluxe edition tracks.
I like this song. It percolates like “Bad Company”.
And at 1.38 it explodes into an angry Chorus.
Maybe We’re Already Gone
Press play for the Chorus.
Everything But Me
It’s “September” Part 2 and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There is quality on the album. The reviews weren’t kind to it, stating that Daughtry is suffering an identity crisis.
They criticized the 17 songs clocking in at 61 minutes, with an average of 3.30 for each song.
But who’s they.
8 thoughts on “The Record Vault: Daughtry – Break The Spell”
You are going to make me go through the whole catalog agin.
I’m enjoying myself with the first three albums
Percolates like Bad Company! Brilliant Man!
Oddly enough, Chris Daughtry sang Styx’s “Renegade” during his time on Idol, which he did a good job on!
Off to YT to hear it. I didn’t know he did that.
I didn’t know that either. I’ve been binge-watching old ‘American Idol’ episodes recently, so that’s how I found out about that performance.
Interesting choice to re-watch. I guess music is music and it’s always cool to hear some favorites covered.
I grew up with ‘American Idol,’ so I’m kind of attached to it. Not the current seasons though lol. I did get to hear some classic rock songs from that show. Even if they weren’t good covers, it was still really cool hearing those songs and remembering them as an adult.