|Studio album by Daughtry|
|Released||November 19, 2013|
|Recorded||March-September 2013, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop rock|
|Producer||Martin Johnson, Rock Mafia, busbee|
|Singles from Baptized|
Baptized is the fourth studio album by American rock band Daughtry, released on November 19, 2013 by RCA Records. It was preceded in September by electropop-influenced lead single "Waiting for Superman".
The band worked with many other songwriters and musicians on the album. Some that they worked with include Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls, Sam Hollander, Blair Daly, Espionage, Rock Mafia, Ali Tamposi, The Monsters and the Strangerz, Scott Stevens, Kara DioGuardi, Jake Sinclair, Claude Kelly, Johnny Black, and Matthew Thiessen. Daughtry stated that he worked without his bandmates and instead went with the new producers. Daughtry has stated that the album features a new, poppier sound and would also include folk influences.
The first single from the album is "Waiting for Superman", written by Chris Daughtry, Sam Hollander, and Martin Johnson. The song was released on iTunes on September 17, 2013.
The album has been met with mixed reviews from most critics. Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone gave the album a 2.5 out 5, saying "Seven years after he placed on American Idol, Chris Daughtry and his band are opening up their would-be grunge to more nuance: folk instruments and synths, smoother high notes tempering Daughtry's bellow, "boom-b'boom" vocal-bass hook lightening the gender war in "Battleships." The sound on Baptized somehow links U2 to Rascal Flatts, adding Springsteen stances in "Wild Heart." More unexpectedly, there's also a banjo shuffle where Daughtry chooses Van Halen over Van Hagar, catalogs some of his other heroes and wonders who wrote Hole's songs. "Long Live Rock & Roll," it's called – a defense, perhaps, against anybody claiming guys like him helped kill it."
Glenn Gamboa of Newsday gave the album a grading of B-, saying "Daughtry takes some cool chances on his fourth album." He then commented positively on "Waiting for Superman," calling it "a sleek change of pace, rolling together bits of The Fray and Bon Jovi into the patented Daughtry sound;" and gave "Long Live Rock & Roll" a positive review, saying "he cleverly reminisces about Billy Joel and grunge in a country-style rave-up." However, he commented negatively on "Battleships" "with the stunningly weird chorus of "We love like battleships ... And the cannon goes, 'Boom boo-boom boom boo-boom boom boom,'" which is, well, crazy, and you wonder if he's gone too far." He then concluded by saying "Daughtry broadens his sound with mixed results."
Ken Capobianco of the Boston Globe also gave the album a mixed review, saying "Daughtry strips his sound to more acoustic textures and even ventures into electro-pop. At times, the change is refreshing, yet too often he seems to think the world needs more songs evoking Train or Lifehouse. Only the powder keg rocker “Traitor” diverges from the new approach. Luckily, Daughtry has one of the more expressive voices in rock, so he still breathes some life into the overload of corny lyrics."
Jon Caramanica of the New York Times delivered a more negative review for the album, saying that he felt Daughtry felt limited with the stripped-down music. "But even though Daughtry’s music has softened, there’s not much Mr. Daughtry can do with his voice, which has an appealing, powerful growl with no sultriness to it. It wants badly to roar but is given almost no opportunity."
- Chris Daughtry - Vocals, Guitar
- Josh Steely - Lead Guitar
- Brian Craddock - Rhythm Guitar
- Josh Paul - Bass
- Robin Diaz - Drums
- Elvio Fernandes - Piano, Keyboards
- Martin Johnson - Producer
All lyrics written by Chris Daughtry.
|1.||"Baptized"||Daughtry, Martin Johnson, John Lardieri, Claude Kelly||Johnson||3:11|
|2.||"Waiting for Superman"||Daughtry, Martin Johnson, Sam Hollander||Johnson||4:26|
|3.||"Battleships"||Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander||Johnson||3:52|
|4.||"I'll Fight"||Daughtry, busbee||busbee, DreZa||3:00|
|5.||"Wild Heart"||Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander||Johnson||3:50|
|6.||"Long Live Rock & Roll"||Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander||Johnson||3:36|
|7.||"The World We Knew"||Daughtry, Antonina Armato, Tim James||Rock Mafia||3:35|
|8.||"High Above the Ground"||Daughtry, busbee||busbee, Mason "MdL" Levy||3:11|
|9.||"Broken Arrows"||Daughtry, Lardieri, Kelly||Johnny BLK, Kelly||4:08|
|10.||"Witness"||Daughtry, Elvio Fernandes, Kelly, Lardieri||Fernandes||4:11|
|11.||"Traitor"||Daughtry, Kara DioGuardi, Jake Sinclair||Sinclair||3:03|
|12.||"18 Years"||Daughtry, Johnson, Hollander||Johnson||4:51|
|Deluxe edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"Undefeated"||Daughtry, Scott "The Ninja" Stevens||3:40|
|14.||"Cinderella"||Daughtry, Toby Gad||3:13|
|15.||"Battleships" (Acoustic)||Daughtry, Hollander, Johnson||3:41|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||56|
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||39|
|Canadian Albums (Billboard)||16|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||43|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||100|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||38|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||24|
|UK Albums (OCC)||42|
|US Billboard 200||6|
|US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)||3|
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (November 2013)|
|Germany||November 15, 2013||Sony Music Entertainment||CD, Digital download||Deluxe||88883-79665-2|
|United States||November 19, 2013||RCA Records, 19||Standard|
|South Korea||Sony Music Entertainment||Deluxe||S20126C|
|United Kingdom||February 17, 2014||Deluxe re-release||88883-79665-2-RE1|
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