Memories of a Beautiful Disaster

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Memories of a Beautiful Disaster
Studio album by James Durbin
Released November 21, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Rock
Label Wind-up Records
Producer Howard Benson
James Durbin chronology
Memories of a Beautiful Disaster
(2011)
Celebrate
(2014)
Singles from Memories of a Beautiful Disaster
  1. "Stand Up"
    Released: September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22)
  2. "Love Me Bad"
    Released: October 19, 2011 (2011-10-19)

Memories of a Beautiful Disaster is the debut studio album of American rock musician James Durbin, released on November 21, 2011 through Wind-up Records.

Recording[edit]

The name of the album was announced in late September 2011 by Durbin via a Twitter post,[1] and the cover was revealed on October 7.[2] The album was released on November 21, 2011 on Wind-up Records.[2] Howard Benson was the producer.[3]

Guitarist Mick Mars is a guest on one song from the album.[4] Other musicians involved with the album include songwriter Marti Frederiksen, Swedish band Hardcore Superstar and Sixx:A.M. members James Michael and DJ Ashba[5]

Singles[edit]

Two singles were initially released from the album. "Love Me Bad" was leaked online on October 19, 2011,[6] but was officially released on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on November 2.[7] The second single, "Stand Up", was originally written for Official Gameday Music of the NFL Vol. 1 and was released to rock radio stations.[8]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing for the album was revealed on October 19, 2011.[5]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Higher Than Heaven"   James Durbin, James Michael, Marti Frederiksen 2:56
2. "All I Want"   Jasen Rauch, Zach Webb 3:19
3. "Love in Ruins"   Anna Waronker, Charlotte Caffey, Steven McDonald 4:01
4. "Right Behind You"   Durbin 3:37
5. "Love Me Bad"   Mark Holman, Frederiksen 3:26
6. "Deeper"   Aidean Abounasseri, Grady Benson, Joe Gunther 3:51
7. "May"   Doug Brown 5:02
8. "Screaming"   Durbin, David Cook, Bobby Alt, Gregg Wattenberg, Ryan Star 3:25
9. "Outcast" (featuring Mick Mars) Durbin, Magnus Andreasson, Martin Sandvik, Mick Mars 3:37
10. "Everything Burns"   Ben Moody 3:38
11. "Stand Up"   Cliff Newton, Paul Trust 3:00
12. "Liberate" (Bonus Track For iTunes & Japan) Blair Daly, Derek Fuhrmann 2:45
13. "Back For More" (Bonus Track For iTunes & Japan) Peter Stengaard 4:33
14. "Crawling Home" (Bonus Track For Japan) DJ Ashba, Durbin 4:27

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[9]

Allmusic gave Memories of a Beautiful Disaster a rating of three out of five stars, and said that while the album was "much more pop than rock," in contrast to Durbin's American Idol performances, it "does deliver the vocal goods here on material that should appeal to his AmIdol fan base."[9]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 36 with first-week sales of 28,000.[10] The album has sold 121,000 copies in the US as of January 2014.[11]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 36
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 25
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twitter post by @DurbinRocks". Twitter. September 27, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "'American Idol' Metalhead JAMES DURBIN Unveils Debut Album Cover Artwork". Blabbermouth.net. October 7, 2011. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Sets Album Release Date, Title". Hollywood Reporter. September 27, 2011. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "MÖTLEY CRÜE Guitarist Laying Down Tracks On JAMES DURBIN Solo Debut (Video)". Blabbermouth.net. October 12, 2011. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "American Idol's James Durbin Attracts an Army of Rock Royalty for Debut Album, Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster". MSNBC. October 19, 2011. Archived from the original on October 23, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "JAMES DURBIN, ‘LOVE ME BAD’ – SONG REVIEW". Pop Crush. October 19, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "'American Idol' Metalhead JAMES DURBIN Releases 'Love Me Bad' Single (Audio)". Blabbermouth.net. November 2, 2011. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Two singles coming from James Durbin". USA Today. October 14, 2011. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Collar, Matt. Memories of a Beautiful Disaster at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  10. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (November 30, 2011). "Daughtry's 129,000 sales 'Spell' a top-ten debut". Idol Chatter. USA Today. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ David Peisner (2014-01-26). "Wind-up In Turnaround". Billboard (American Idol). Retrieved March 5, 2014.