Sound — 8
Daughtry's Self-Titles Debut Album was certainly something which had to be followed up with something that was along the same lines. Daughtry have been able to accomplish the Heavy Rock Songs as well as doing very good work with Soft Acoustic Songs. The Album seems to be about leaving somebody, and mixed emotions about leaving, 'You Don't Belong', 'Ghost of Me', 'Call Your Name' all express different feelings toward the same subject. Daughtry have used different aspects of the band as a whole to come out with different songs which are still as good as songs of the last album. I think that the songs have all accomplished something different, not bad, but different. The verses have been mixed but then join together brilliantly for the chorus.
Lyrics — 9
The Lyrics are brilliant and meaningful. You can tell this from the songs 'Life After You', unlike most recent releases of albums, the lyrics are just whatever rhymes, they are words that are felt. The song 'September' has got brilliant lyrics about how he is remembering someone and what they did, 'In the middle of september, we still played out in the rain, Nothing to lose but everything to gain, Reflecting now on how things could've been, It was worth it in end'. The Lyrics fit perfectly with guitar. The range from Fingerpicking songs to power chords, they comply brilliantly with the lyrics and they sound amazing. Chris Daughtry has reached amazing lengths on this new album, mainly able to tell on the song 'Call Your Name' where he extends his vocals to reach the high pitches and not just the lower octaves.
Overall Impression — 9
I would compare this album to 'All the Right Reasons' by Nickelback, in the way that it has been able to pull off slow guitaring songs and also be able to be just as graceful in getting to the heavier rock fans with metal riffs. The songs that most impressed me on this album are 'Life After You', 'September', 'Learn My Lesson' and 'Call Your Name'. All of these songs are making good use of his voice and his skills as a guitarist. I am not as impressed with the lack of Soft songs alike to the previous album with songs 'Home', 'Over You', 'All These Lives', but my opinion of their ability to be able to get across a Heavier songs. In a way it's gone 50/50. I like both of their styles now, this album is definitely one to own. I would buy it as many times as I could. A must have.