Break the Spell There's a serious hard-rock record lurking deep in Chris Daughtry's clean-shaven skull; it's clear in the jubilant Judas Priest crunch of "Renegade" and hedonistic strut… Break the Spell There's a serious hard-rock record lurking deep in Chris Daughtry's clean-shaven skull; it's clear in the jubilant Judas Priest crunch of "Renegade" and hedonistic strut… 2011-11-21 Daughtry Rock RCA
Music Review

Break the Spell (2011)

SMOOTH-SHAVEN ROCK Daughtry has found a niche somewhere between Bon Jovi and Black Sabbath
SMOOTH-SHAVEN ROCK Daughtry has found a niche somewhere between Bon Jovi and Black Sabbath
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 21, 2011; Lead Performance: Daughtry; Genre: Rock; Production: RCA

There's a serious hard-rock record lurking deep in Chris Daughtry's clean-shaven skull; it's clear in the jubilant Judas Priest crunch of ''Renegade'' and hedonistic strut of ''Outta My Head.'' What holds the ex-Idoler back is his weakness for oversmoothness, which turns shout-at-the-sunset anthems like ''Rescue Me'' into pillowy group hugs. Still, he wields his Ginsu-sharp melodies like a Benihana chef on Break the Spell, which (almost) lets him get away with being more Bon Jovi than Black Sabbath. B

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Originally posted Nov 16, 2011 Published in issue #1182 Nov 25, 2011 Order article reprints