Leave This Town
When Chris Daughtry passed on the chance to become the lead singer of established rockers Fuel, it seemed like he was missing a great opportunity. It turns out that the move was a smart one as, with his band Daughtry, he's since become a massive force on the scene of new hard rock. The group's heavy, heart-on-a-sleeve debut became the best-selling album of 2007. Leave This Town finds our American Idol hero handling the solution to the second album question by making everything bigger and heavier. Roping in fellow new rock revivalist Chad Kroeger on first single "No Surprise," the band bristle with energy and the emotional pull of someone who's actually seen a good relationship fall apart. That track's balance of acoustic sensitivity and electric bombast is pitted against more high-energy rockers like "Every Time You Turn Around" and "You Don't Belong." Elsewhere, the ballad "Call Your Name" shows Daughtry's remarkable talent as an expressive singer and ends with a rock fury greater than any of the other more high-octane tracks.