Chris Daughtry Unveils the “Baptized” Album Cover, Track List (PHOTO)

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Chris Daughtry unveiled the Baptized album cover on Twitter today. “Before the stock room guy at the “record store” leaks this out to you, figured I’d beat em to the punch!,” Chris wrote.

The record is the 4th studio album from his band, Daughtry, and will be available in stores on November 19th.

The first single, “Waiting for Superman,” weaves EDM elements into his signature rock sound. Naming the album Baptized was in light of the band’s new musical direction, Chris said when he announced the title.

So, expect something a little different from the American Idol season 5 alum.

Track List

1. Baptized
2. Waiting for Superman
3. Battleships
4. I’ll Fight
5. Wild Heart
6. Long Live Rock & Roll
7. The World We Knew
8. High Above the Ground
9. Broken Arrows
10. Witness
11. Traitor
12. 18 Years
13. Undefeated
14. Cinderella
15. Battleships (acoustic)

  • justmefornow

    Hope the songs are more exciting than that cover.

  • carola99

    I like it! I also really like their new single. I think they needed to do that and it will work.

  • Robbie Williams

    I think the cover has beautiful artwork.

  • Robbie Williams

    Track listing

    1. Baptized
    2. Waiting for Superman
    3. Battleships
    4. I’ll Fight
    5. Wild Heart
    6. Long Live Rock & Roll
    7. The World We Knew
    8. High Above the Ground
    9. Broken Arrows
    10. Witness
    11. Traitor
    12. 18 Years
    13. Undefeated
    14. Cinderella
    15. Battleships (acoustic)

  • Liteasy

    Same sound – weird cover.

  • heartly

    Love the cover. I’m still in a wait and see about the music, but the artwork is better than the last cycle.

  • curlyenta

    What a dopey cover. Looks like a blown up wilting group of flowers! He musta come up with that idea.

  • Robbie Williams

    Stop commenting on every article of Chris & the band. We get it. You don’t like Daughtry. Move on!

  • Robbie Williams

    Why do you comment every DAUGHTRY article? Makes no sense. Secret fan?

  • Pat H

    Weird cover! Where is Chris? :(

  • justmefornow

    Oh, it’s pretty, sorta, I agree, just a little dull.
    I’m curious though, maybe you could tell me. I’ve seen rumors on the internet he’s now a solo artist, maybe why there’s no pic of him and the band on the cover?
    Do you know if this is true or not?

  • HermeticallySealed

    Meh. It’s not a bad picture, but it is a bit generic in an “arts and crafts” Instagram sort of way. Certainly worse covers out there, though.

  • hayes

    Much better than having a random spaceship in the background.

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  • Eileen99

    Well, that’s a different cover for Daughtry. I like it & am interested to know how/why he came up with that. There must be a story behind it.

  • Incipit

    Eh, random spaceship, random windblown flowers, neither one makes a lot of sense to me in any context, but the subtext for Daughtry plus Flowers equals Baptized completely escapes me. Not that it really matters…

    How’s the music?

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Presumably the cover is enigmatic on purpose, to generate speculation… then Daughtry will explain it as part of the promo process. He wouldn’t be the first musician to get all obscure with his symbolism.

    Is it visually striking in an end-cap display at Target or Walmart — and, if so, does it grab the eye of the target market?

  • Craigin

    What does this cover have to do with being baptized? I was completely anticipating another promotion for his newly shredded body by having him coming up out of the water with no shirt. LOL

  • Incipit

    “Is it visually striking in an end-cap display at Target or Walmart — and, if so, does it grab the eye of the target market?”

    That’s a good point, Eilonwy – the end cap display impact. Kind of like assessing a stage costume’s effect beyond the third row in the theater.

    Up close, I would say too much negative space on the cover – but If I back about five feet away – the possible distance coming down an aisle towards the display – it really starts to look like a Rorschatz. And It is most definitely one of my favorite color combinations (shades of teal, reds and pale golds w/dark accents) to use for conveying warmth and accessibility, while still having an elegant cast.

    From more than that distance, one cannot read the words well, but the warm colors would have an effect, with the CD’s lined up – repeating the central golden haze around the red figures may intrigue – but I’m not sure who this would be effective for.

    I know who I was aiming at by using those color combinations – people of both genders who were looking for Renaissance costumes and accessories – maybe the demo is not so different?

    Interesting thought.

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  • iani

    I like the artwork! Is the background like an image of a big city? The new single and the song-names give me a more Alt feeling of the new album.

    Not an expert in flowers but the one windblown on the right might be a peony http://goo.gl/RZpoqM, a late spring flower for a November-album.

    Nirvana had a Poppy flower for one of the album cover-art http://goo.gl/w4hN9Y and we know its role, a Peony has more anti actions:antioxidant, antitumor, antipathogenic…(from wiki)

  • Aaron

    “Daughtry” is still a 6 man band. Chris did work independently with the producers to create this album, and not with the band, as done on album 2 and 3. I suggest you check out the official website when confronted with rumors on other websites. At least the official website would have official releases.

  • Aaron

    Just my $.02…

    From reading interviews over the past two weeks, and confirmed with the album cover of ‘Baptised’, I believe this new sound will be mainly pop/EDM/electronic/folk equating to lighter (for them), and more contemporary HAC sound. Gone will the be guitar distortion and any attempt at a song that could be released to Rock format.

  • justmefornow

    Interesting. Then he wrote the the whole album without the band? I know he wrote (or produced) one of the tracks with James’ producer Scott Stevens, I wasn’t sure about the rest. Maybe that’s where the rumors came from.
    Thanks.

  • Aaron

    The question I have with all album artwork is “what is the story they are trying to tell? This one is obscure, and if I did not know who the artist was, and I saw this album on an endcap, I would not know what type of music it would be. I don’t know if that is a good thing or not….

  • Aaron

    I did a little web search and found the article I referenced above.

    http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/reality-rocks/chris-daughtry-talks-halen-vs-hagar-beatles-vs-204756762.html

    To paraphrase, Chris knew he needed to do something different than the previous albums and solicited Claude Kelly and Martin Johnson for producing demos with the intent of releasing an album in 2014. When the demos where completed and presented to RCA, TPTB put the album into a rushed release here in 2013. With the rushed release schedule the band did not have time to learn the songs and record the album. I guess this could be interpreted as a solo album, with the band learning the songs after the fact, like album #1.

  • usedtobelucy

    I don’t know. The light in the background of the flowers and the fact that the flowers are kind of shredded (but still flowers) does sort of suggest a rebirth or a transformation or creation-out-of-destruction to me. And there’s something about that sort of use of type that always suggests “mystery” and sometimes even “supernatural mystery” to me. I like it. It kind of grabs my eye and it piques my curiosity. …. Here’s hoping I won’t be the only one. lol

    ETA: Okay, as I look down through the other responses here, I see that I am the only one. … Sorry, CD. (Not that having me like his cover would do much for him. I liked him a lot on Idol doing covers, but I’ve found most of his real-life stuff kind of meh….)

    EATA: I guess I just like Chris’s covers. heh

  • standtotheright

    I think your interpretation is spot-on, actually. The gold flowers kind of look like hyssop, which is about purification.

    I’m in favor of the cover.

  • usedtobelucy

    Well, that makes two of us!

    Cool about the hyssop.

  • Goodvibes27

    I’ll bet Chris Daughtry is the only person in the band “Daughtry” that is actually signed to a record contract. This is the setup for Jon Bon Jovi as well.

  • Craigin

    Interesting point with the hyssop. I like that! But in general, wouldn’t baptism really be more of a symbol of identification over purification?

  • standtotheright

    I think most baptismal imagery usually comes with the idea of being cleansed, particularly if one is an adult (“down to the water” and all that). Psalm 2 is quite explicit about the cleansing properties. But I would love to hear what CD himself has to say about it.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    wouldn’t baptism really be more of a symbol of identification over purification

    John the Baptist got the notion of pouring water over people from the tvilah immersion ritual, which was specifically about purification. It’s true that baptism became an induction rite in some Christian contexts, but purification’s the origin.

  • iani

    wouldn’t baptism really be more of a symbol of identification over purification?

    I think the album-title is about the band’s identification and from dictionary baptize stays also for “to initiate”=to set going by taking the first step, begin. The band has lost 2 members in the last years and now it is in the position of taking a new musical direction.

    The flowers might mean nothing and have no connection/symbolism with the “baptized” title, the wind-blow action is more mysterious to me, but as a rock band it gives a more edgy, arty feeling than a simple setting of some pretty flowers.

  • Robbie Williams

    Totally biased. She/he can make fun of Daughtry but when we complain about it. We get our comments deleted. Biggest WTF moment of the year.

  • elliegrll

    Except for one song on the last album, they never really had songs that could be released at rock. They’ve always been a Hot AC group, that has had songs that could get Pop airplay.

  • elliegrll

    Do you buy albums, if you don’t know the artist, or what type of music is on the album? I’ve never purchased an album, because I like the artwork, but I’m not familiar with the artist’s music.

  • Aaron

    elliegrll… I beg to differ. On each of the previous 3 albums there has been a minimum of 1 and mostly 2 that could have been released to other formats other than HOTAC and CHR. What I want, There and back again, You don’t belong and Renegade come to mind. Only Renegade was released to Rock formats. Ironically It’s not over crossed over to some rock formats during its chart run. Since AI, Daughtry and RCA has tried to appeal to the AI fan base with a sprinkling of hard rock guitar driven songs, mixed with the bread and butter mid-tempo ballads. With the exposure of HOTAC and CHR greatly larger than Rock, I don’t doubt this business sense of both the artist and the label. Personally, I am a fan because of the guitar driven songs, and prefer them over the ballads.

  • Aaron

    When I was just starting to get into music, I did purchase many of the albums/CD/Cassette Tapes by the artwork in the genre of an artist I liked. This was some time ago however.

    One thing to consider is, is the album cover going to catch the eye of the casual shopper, and will it at least cause them to pick up the album and look at the front and back covers?