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Daughtry – “Cage To Rattle” [Album Review]

Daughtry return with their fifth album but will their newest offering rattle the rock scene? Read our review here?



By now, you’ll all know the story of how Chris Daughtry came to prominence in the rock scene with his performance on American Idol a few years ago. Well, as expected, his appearance has helped his band Daughtry shift a ton of albums and singles bringing him to this point, the release of Cage To Rattle, Daughtry’s fifth studio album.

Despite the connotations of the title, Cage To Rattle isn’t a throat-grabbing, antagonistic collection of hard rockers. Instead, Cage To Rattle kicks off with the gentle tones of “Just Found Heaven” – a delicious slice of pop-rock. It’s followed up with “Backbone”, a teaser track the band posted earlier this year and a track where the hip-shaking pulse bears resemblance to something that you’d find on a Fall Out Boy album.

Now, given the background of the brains behind Daughtry, it comes as no surprise to find that Cage To Rattle is an absolute pristine recording on every level. However, away from the swagger of “Backbone” and into the gentler tracks like “As You Are” and “Death Of Me”, there is no shortage of emotion contained within these grooves. This comes in no small part down to the range of frontman Chris Daughtry’s voice which, throughout the duration of Cage To Rattle, is quite simply sublime.

Check out the official video for “Backbone”.

“Back In Time” has more of the pop-rock sass that first reared its head on “Backbone” while the album sees Daughtry sign off with “White Flag” a powerful track which concludes this collection of songs in dramatic fashion. And there we have it… while it may not be the most raucous of rock albums, Cage To Rattle delivers an enjoyable slice of polished pop-rock with little in the way of faults.

Cage To Rattle Track Listing:

01. Just Found Heaven
02. Backbone
03. Deep End
04. As You Are
05. Death Of Me
06. Bad Habits
07. Back In Time
08. Gravity
09. Stuff of Legends
10. White Flag

Run Time: 38:17
Release Date: July 27, 2018
Record Label: RCA Records

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.