Baptized (album)

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Studio album by Daughtry
Released November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)
Recorded March–September 2013, Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 43:34
Label RCA, 19
Producer Martin Johnson, Rock Mafia, busbee
Daughtry chronology
Break the Spell
Singles from Baptized
  1. "Waiting for Superman"
    Released: September 17, 2013
  2. "Long Live Rock & Roll"
    Released: January 22, 2014
  3. "Battleships"
    Released: May 12, 2014[1]
  4. "Witness"
    Released: February 20, 2015

Baptized is the fourth studio album by American rock band Daughtry, released on November 19, 2013 by RCA Records.[2] It was preceded in September by electropop-influenced lead single "Waiting for Superman".[3]


The band worked with many other songwriters and musicians on the album. Some that they worked with include Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls,[4] Sam Hollander,[4] Blair Daly, Espionage, Rock Mafia, Ali Tamposi, The Monsters and the Strangerz, Scott Stevens,[5] Kara DioGuardi, Jake Sinclair,[6] Claude Kelly,[4] Johnny Black,[7] and Matthew Thiessen.[8] Daughtry stated that he worked without his bandmates and instead went with the new producers.[9] Daughtry has stated that the album features a new, poppier sound and would also include folk influences.[4]


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 second single, "Long Live Rock & Roll", was released on October 22, 2013.[10] It was also released as the main single in the UK on February 24, 2014[11]

"Battleships" impacted hot adult contemporary radio on May 12, 2014 as the third single off the album.[1]

A new "stripped" version of "Witness" was released to digital retailers February 20, 2015 as the album's fourth overall single.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 53/100[13]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[14]
Newsday B-[15]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[16]
Ultimate Guitar 3/5 stars[17]
Slant Magazine 1/5 stars[18]

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."[16]

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."[15] 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."[15] He then concluded by saying "Daughtry broadens his sound with mixed results."[15]

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."[19]

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."[20]


  • 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

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chris Daughtry

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Baptized"   Daughtry, Martin Johnson, John Lardieri, Claude Kelly[21] Johnson, Johnny Blk 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
Total length:


Chart (2013) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 56
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 39
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 43
Irish Albums (IRMA)[28] 100
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 42
US Billboard 200[32] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[33] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard 200[34] 86
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[35] 16

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Edition(s) Catalog
Germany November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15) Sony Music Entertainment CD, Digital download Deluxe 88883-79665-2
United States November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19) RCA Records, 19 Standard
South Korea[36] Sony Music Entertainment Deluxe S20126C
Japan[37] December 25, 2013 (2013-12-25) SICP-3941
United Kingdom[38] February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) Deluxe re-release 88883-79665-2-RE1


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