American Idol season-five alum Chris Daughtry releases his group’s fourth album, “Baptized,” and although the North Carolina native admits the sound is “poppier” than previous offerings, he also promises plenty for the hardcore fans to enjoy. “I love a big guitar as much as the next guy and I did three records that were very much in that realm,” Daughtry tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I just felt like it was time to shake it up a little bit — throw some rims on this car.” Daughtry did shake things up, recording the album sans his bandmates or his longtime producer, Howard Benson.
Instead, Daughtry chose to work with Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls, Hot Chelle Rae), Sam Hollander (Train, Neon Trees) and Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Whitney Houston). He even used a banjo on the satirical “anthem,” “Long Live Rock And Roll,” which takes a humorous look at music with the lyrics, “We used to wonder about who’s better, Elton John or Billy Joel / And we still wonder if Kurt really wrote the songs she sang in Hole.” The LP was preceded in September by the electropop-influenced lead single “Waiting For Superman.”